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Virginia Faces Calls To Limit Use Of Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

There are no laws on the books in the Commonwealth of Virginia on the use of restraint or seclusion in schools, but a commission is calling on lawmakers to change that.


Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers

The importance of a teacher's presence in the classroom has long been debated. Our 50 Great Teachers project asks: Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?

Testing: How Much Is Too Much?

Two new surveys try to quantify the number of standardized tests students take in school — an estimated 113 by graduation.

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
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Muslim Holiday Might Become A Day Off In Montgomery County Schools

If demographics deem it necessary, the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha could become a day off for students in Montgomery County.

Why These Kids Love Kale

With childhood obesity rates high, one program in a handful of Washington, D.C., schools is trying to change kids' lives — one vegetable at a time.


What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

A Botched Study Raises Bigger Questions

Why one education research technique, coming into use by most states, is proving so controversial.
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Bowser Wants Tweaks To School Boundary Changes, But Doesn't Offer Specifics

With just over a month until D.C.'s school lottery opens to parents, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says she wants to tweak a plan that will alter the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns — but it remains unclear how much she can change.

Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?