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Firestorm Erupts Over Virginia's Education Goals

The state's school board wants to measure progress in math and reading differently for students based on race and ethnicity. Supporters say the new passing rates take into account students' different starting points. Critics charge the mandates are "backwards-looking."
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Montgomery Co. Superintendent Delivers First 'State Of The Schools' Address

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Dr. Joshua Starr praised the Montgomery County School system in his first-ever "State of the Schools" address Monday, appealing to business leaders and defending public education against its critics.

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Alexandria Elementary School Honors Vets With Breakfast

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On this observed Veteran's Day, some elementary school students in Alexandria are participating in a time-honored tradition.


Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
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GWU Overstates Top Percentile Of Incoming Students

George Washington University reveals it's been overstating the percentage of incoming freshmen that graduated in the top 10 percent.

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Designing Secure Schools

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, parents are asking if there's any way to make schools more secure. Architect Roger Lewis explores the challenge of designing schools that are both secure and welcoming for kids.

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D.C. School System Shows Increased Graduation Rate

D.C. Public Schools' graduation rate is on the rise, as the latest numbers show a rate 3 percentage points higher than the previous year.


Challenges Of Going From War Zone To The Classroom

Hundreds of thousands of service members are transitioning from bases to college campuses. As Americans get ready for Veterans Day, host Michel Martin discusses the challenges veterans face, and the programs that help them succeed. She talks with Meg Mitcham, a veteran and the head of veterans programs for the American Council on Education.
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Montgomery County Council To Discuss Drug Issues In Schools

Montgomery County officials are looking to address rising drug issues in the county's schools, and three county council committees will hold a joint hearing today to discuss the problem.