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  • Get ready NoVa: more year-round school

    Manassas Park, Va., gets $50,000 to study and implement year-round school calendar.

  • Top educators honored in Maryland

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Howard County high school teacher is Maryland’s Teacher of the Year. Jody Zepp is a government and psychology teacher at Hammond High School. Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery made the announcement Friday night at an event honoring top educators in Maryland. Zepp says students can talk about the future…

  • Va. campus sexual assault task force meets

    LARRY O’DELL Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor says the disappearance of college student Hannah Graham reinforces the mission of his task force on campus sexual assaults. Gov. Terry McAuliffe mentioned the missing University of Virginia student in his remarks to the task force, which held its first meeting Thursday in Richmond. A…

  • Va. Alcohol Beverage Control plans college tour

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is going to college campuses around the state to talk to students and others about preventing alcohol and drug abuse. The tour will begin Oct. 24 at James Madison University. The conference is free to all college students. Other stops will occur Nov. 7…

  • Maryland to announce Teacher of the Year

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is set to name its “Teacher of the Year.” The state will hold its 24th annual Maryland Teacher of the Year reception on Friday evening and will announce the winner of the award. Seven people have been named finalists for the award. They come from Cecil County, Frederick County, Howard County,…

  • Few Va. schools participate in new meal program

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Few public schools in Virginia are participating in a new federal meal program for students. The program makes free breakfast and lunch available to all students in schools or districts where at least 40 percent of students qualified for free lunch. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1s2hZWL ) reports that nearly a quarter…

  • AU class teaches the lessons of ‘Hunger Games’

    American University is offering a new class this semester about the popular book and movie trilogy \”The Hunger Games.\”

  • 10 Virginia schools win US recognition

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten Virginia schools are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each has been named a National Blue Ribbon school, signifying academic rigor and dramatic gains in student achievement. Seven public schools and three private schools are being recognized. The public schools are Armstrong Elementary in Hampton, Galileo Magnet…

  • Charter school opening new Tech Prep Academy in D.C.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Friendship Public Charter School is opening an expanded campus in southeast Washington after an $18 million construction project. The school is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wednesday morning for the new Friendship Tech Prep Academy. The school specializes in science, technology, engineering, math and environmental sciences. It currently serves students from sixth…

  • Fairfax County superintendent to present plan for later school start time

    The issue of later school start times is about to be resolved
    in the largest public school system in the D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area
    after more than a decade of debate.

  • In Fairfax County, an influx of immigrants has wide-ranging effects

    Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed the southern U.S. border; many have ended up in Virginia.

  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign. Jindal’s lawsuit accuses…

  • Cellphones 101: Schools adopt the phones they once banned

    Cellphones and tablets have become an integral part of modern life, and the Prince George\’s County school system not only allows kids to carry phones and tablets during the day, but encourages teachers to incorporate them in the classroom.

  • Dominion awards $1.3M in education grants

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Resources’ charitable arm is awarding more than $1.3 million in grants to schools and educational institutions in nine states and Washington. The Richmond-based energy provider says more than 100 schools and educational institutions have been chosen for the grants for the 2014-2015 academic year. Officials say the Dominion’s K-12 Education…

  • The best time for elementary and teen students to do homework

    Kids in Maryland and D.C. are back in school this week. Students in northern Virginia return next week. It\’s a good time to get the homework habit right.