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Column:It's the charter children, stupid, not the buildings
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Sep 13, 8:17 AM: Kids flourish best when they have a school home, a schoolhouse their parents have chosen for them. There is no law that says that school home must be run by D.C. Public Schools or City Hall. City officials must scrap the charades >
Ramona Edelin: End the waitlist for charter schools
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Sep 12, 8:34 AM: As District of Columbia students dive into the new academic year, a new public education campaign is gearing up. It calls for renovating abandoned buildings that blight their neighborhoods, ending the waitlist for successful public >
Opinion: Fast-improving D.C. schools have important lessons to teach
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Sep 11, 5:48 AM: Nearly half of D.C. students in public schools are considered at-risk — an astounding percentage that should never fail to shake us.
D.C. kicks off the school year with a new school — and more choices
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Aug 27, 7:51 AM: The Allston family had about 40 public high schools in the District to choose from for their daughter, Taylor. There was the computer-science-focused charter school that Taylor’s friend was interested in, as well as the application >
Editorial: An acclaimed preschool won’t open its doors this year. D.C. officials seem indifferent.
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Aug 26, 7:41 AM: MONDAY MARKS the start of a new academic year for the District’s public schools. Sadly, one school that won’t be opening its doors to students is the AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter. Thanks largely to the indifference of >
Column: Back to school and the same old story?
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Aug 23, 7:41 AM: Incredibly, high-fives were given all around on Monday based on extremely modest improvements: Citywide, the proportion of traditional and charter school students who performed at proficient and above (4 or 5 level) increased by 3.8 >
DC public, charter schools show 4 consecutive years of improved test scores
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Aug 20, 7:04 AM: The yearly PARCC assessment measures English language arts and math aptitude in D.C. public and public charter schools for students from 3rd to 8th grade and high school. A full presentation on the 2019 statewide results can be >
More than 30% of D.C. school employees have lapsed background checks, review finds
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Aug 8, 7:21 AM: Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee informed parents about the findings in a letter Wednesday as he vowed to establish more robust procedures and training to prevent incidents of sexual abuse on campuses.
A top D.C. charter school educates few at-risk students. Should it be opening a second campus?
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Aug 5, 6:51 AM: The standardized test scores at Washington Latin Public Charter School are among the best in the District. The waiting list of families clamoring to enroll in the middle and high school clocks in at more than 1,500 students.
Thousands of families want out of D.C. public schoolsTuesday, July 30, 2019 | Bob Kellogg (OneNewsN
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Jul 30, 6:42 AM:

Jude Schwalbach of The Heritage Foundation says there's a waiting list of nearly 12,000 students wanting to escape poor-performing and dangerous D.C. public schools. So the current budget needs to increase by $7 million to meet >

It seemed like a small lease dispute. Why was it so important to charter advocates? (CER in the news)
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Jul 25, 7:43 AM:

The details seemed rather mundane. A municipal spat involving a lease, a city construction project and a charter preschool educating 100 toddlers. But to some charter school proponents, this represented an ideological fight, an >

In D.C., 5,500 students are homeless. The city is helping some of them take their first steps to college.
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Jul 18, 8:07 AM: Duvall was one of the more than 5,500 D.C. public school students considered homeless during the 2018-2019 academic year. The District paid the summer tuition for Duvall and about 20 other homeless teens to attend a two-week summer >
The District’s public school system faces $23 million deficit, drawing criticism
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Jul 15, 7:40 AM: The District’s public school system is facing a $23 million deficit, drawing criticism from city lawmakers and from the D.C. auditor, who described the shortfall as a “red flag” that suggests a lack of internal >
Review & Outlook: DC Squeezes Charters
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Jun 26, 7:52 AM: The Washington, D.C. City Council on Wednesday is meeting to discuss charter schools. Let’s hope someone asks Mayor Muriel Bowser why her administration is denying space to charters—at the same time it plans to spend millions to >
Adult Graduates Get Hugs, Cheers And Second Chances
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Jun 26, 7:26 AM: Twenty-nine adults wearing red caps and gowns strutted to the sounds of a standing ovation from a packed house inside Capital City Hall of Distinction on Saturday. They were the summer graduating class of Academy of Hope Adult >
Regulatory Red Tape Risks Strangling DC Opportunity Scholarship Program
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Jun 20, 7:24 AM: For 15 years, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has been a District of Columbia institution. Yet the program, which provides scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a private school of choice, faces death >
Letter: Charter schools need space, too
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Jun 19, 6:58 AM: In the June 17 editorial “Punishing at-risk students,” the District’s Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn claimed the District bent over backward to help AppleTree find a location for our Tier 1 charter preschool and called us >
Editorial: Children are suffering because D.C. won’t look out for public charter schools
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Jun 17, 6:07 AM: EARLY-CHILDHOOD learning is supposedly a top priority of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) administration. So why on earth are city officials displacing and forcing the closure of a high-performing preschool that serves at-risk 3- and >
Letter: It’s time to put a moratorium on opening D.C. charter schools
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Jun 13, 6:17 AM: A tragic thing about these charter schools is that they have no allegiance to the community and can disappear from the landscape just as suddenly as they appeared, causing deeper disruption to the already fragile system that >
Editorial: Ferris Bueller’s 15 days off
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Jun 12, 7:27 AM: Chronic absenteeism can be caused by bullying, depression, learning difficulties, or unsafe schools. School choice won't fix all of those, but Washington's voucher students do report feeling much safer than their public school >

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