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by Fenit Nirappil
March 17, 2016

DC Council members voiced sharp concerns about Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s proposal to create shelters for homeless families at their first hearing on the plan Thursday.

Council members spoke in unison about the need to close the city’s megashelter inside the former DC General Hospital. Bow­ser wants to replace that troubled facility with seven smaller shelters scattered across the District.


by Alyson Klein
March 17, 2016

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced his next chapter: He's joined the Emerson Collective, where he will be focusing on disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24 in his native Chicago, including high school dropouts and those with criminal records. 


by Lauren FitzPatrick
March 17, 2016

When Arne Duncan got back to Chicago after stepping down as head of the U.S. Department of Education, he couldn’t believe how bad the murder rate had become in his hometown during his seven-year absence.

So he’s taking a private-sector job with the venture fund founded by billionaire Steve Jobs’ widow. In a new Chicago-based office, he hopes to create “real jobs” in disinvested neighborhoods and also connect young men who are out of school and out of work with those jobs, Duncan announced Thursday.


by Mark Walsh
March 16, 2016

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland, a moderate federal appeals court judge with a relatively sparse record when it comes to education law, for the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I've selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness, and excellence," the president said in a Rose Garden ceremony.


by Evie Blad
March 16, 2016

Charter schools suspend students of color and students with disabilities at higher rates than their peers, a new analysis finds. That trend mirrors disparate discipline rates in traditional public schools, although the report finds suspensions rates at charters are slightly higher on the whole.


by Michelle Ye Hee Lee
March 14, 2016

Depending on which candidate was talking at the most recent Republican presidential debate, viewers may have gotten three different versions of Common Core. Is it a program that states have adopted only because they were “blackmailed” or “forced” to do so? Is it a program that has been taken over by the federal government? Or is it a program that states and local school boards can craft for their students?


by Andrew Ujifusa
March 14, 2016

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm John B. King Jr. as the U.S. Secretary of Education on Monday by a vote of 49-40.

King had been serving as acting secretary since the start of this year-he took over for former secretary Arne Duncan, who had overseen the U.S. Department of Education since 2009. 


by James E. Ryan
March 9, 2016

I will begin this blog adventure near the beginning:  pre-K.

As enrollment in publicly funded pre-K continues to rise in many states, it might be time to dust off a law review article I wrote about a decade ago, which argued that children have a constitutional right to pre-K education. If you missed the article when it came out, no worries-you were surely not alone, as most law review articles are not widely read, and this article was not an exception.


by Marva Hinton
March 8, 2016

Sleep. We all know kids need it, and without it, they don't perform as well in school.

As we've reported in the past, the National Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 am to better align with the natural body rhythms of adolescents.

But it's not unusual for the first-period bells to ring at many middle and high schools much earlier than that.


by Arianna Prothero
March 8, 2016

While many of the nation's public schools remain stubbornly segregated by race and income, charter schools are well-positioned to buck that trend: Untethered from neighborhood boundaries, they can draw students from across a city.

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