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Our volunteer FEC Media Watchers have developed a nice list of local news stories. Search by date, media source, or tag.
Format: 2014-04-20

ACLU alleges Michigan school district violated students’ ‘right to learn to read’

Published on: 
Fri, 07/13/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

In the first case of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union is charging that the state of Michigan and a Detroit area school district have failed to adequately educate children, violating

The Opportunity Gap

Published on: 
Wed, 07/11/2012
Media Source: 
New York Times

While most studies look at inequality of outcomes among adults and help us understand how America is coming apart, Putnam’s group looked at inequality of opportunities among children.

Diane Ravitch's Blog: Are U.S. Schools “Too Easy”?

Published on: 
Wed, 07/11/2012
Media Source: 
Other

Yesterday a report appeared by the Center for American Progress asserting that “schools are too easy.” It was widely reported in the national media.

Argument against later school start times flawed

Published on: 
Fri, 06/29/2012
Media Source: 
Fairfax Times

The implementation of later high school start times is complicated.

League of Women Voters suggests that the school board should allow four weeks between the introduction of new business and a vote

Published on: 
Thu, 06/28/2012
Media Source: 
Other

Last night I spoke to the Fairfax County School Board on behalf of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area:

3 new guidelines for ‘healthy homework’

Published on: 
Thu, 06/28/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Back in the early 1900s, homework was deemed by some to be dangerous to children’s health, and for years some school districts limited or outright banned homework.

Why Johnny Can’t Add Without a Calculator

Published on: 
Mon, 06/25/2012
Media Source: 
Other

FCPS Offers SLHS' Lanigan $72K for Legal Fees

Published on: 
Mon, 06/25/2012
Media Source: 
The Patch

Fairfax County Public Schools says it will pay South Lakes High School physical education teacher Sean Lanigan more than $7