Knocking on students’ doors: DCPS is sending principals door-to-door to boost enrollment, with training provided by political campaign experts. (Post)

Not enough coordination?: A new science-oriented charter school will open this fall across the street from a DCPS school with the same focus, leading DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson to call for joint planning between the charter and traditional public school sectors. (Post)

DC lagging in special ed: The federal government says DC “needs intervention” to comply with federal special-education law, and the DC Council is considering legislation that would speed the delivery of services and make it easier and less costly for families to litigate disputes. (Post)

Excellence, but at a cost? Some parents say the environment at an award-winning Prince George’s County elementary school is overbearing and “toxic.” (Post)

Scheduling changes in Fairfax: The county school board has approved a plan to help teenagers get more sleep and also eliminate the long-standing practice of half-day Mondays in elementary schools. (Post)

No Child Left Behind waivers: Virginia and 5 other states got a break from the requirements of the federal law, which would have imposed sanctions for failing to bring all students up to proficiency in reading and math by this year. (Post)

Better principals?: One report says we should treat them like CEOs, paying them more and giving them more power over hiring. Another recommends equipping principals to better evaluate and coach teachers. (Education Next, Center for American Progress)

One food fight is settled: DC has agreed to pay $450,000 to a former DCPS employee who says he was fired for blowing the whistle on a food vendor that allegedly overcharged the District millions of dollars. (Post)

Another continues: Two years ago the School Nutrition Association celebrated new federal rules requiring healthier school meals, but it’s now lobbying to weaken them. Some say the switch has to do with contributions from food companies. (NYT)

Debate over balanced literacy: New York’s schools chancellor advocates a literacy program that emphasizes student choice and self-expression, but some say that low-income children need a more prescriptive approach. Views vary on the best approach to reading instruction. (NYT)

A model Common Core-aligned lesson?: A lesson featured on NPR has drawn some sharp criticism for focusing on developing skills rather than an appreciation for literature. (Education Next)