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Big Progress, Small Gains: A Decade of Mayoral Control Over D.C. Schools
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Oct 12, 7:13 AM: It's been 10 years since the D.C. Council voted to put the mayor's office in charge of the school system, stripping the elected school board of authority and handing power to a chancellor chosen by the mayor and confirmed by the >
A $2.6 million initiative aims to close achievement gap in D.C. schools
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Oct 10, 6:05 AM: D.C. schools with a significant share of struggling students are receiving an infusion of money, part of a campaign to bridge achievement gaps in the District.
Federal judge rules against D.C. charter schools that accused city of underfunding
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Oct 5, 5:06 AM: A federal judge has ruled against an association of Washington, D.C., charter schools that for three years pressed a lawsuit alleging the city government was unlawfully providing more money to traditional public schools than to >
D.C. says charter school board violated city law in vote on expanding charters
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Oct 3, 5:35 AM: The powerful board that oversees charter schools in Washington acted improperly when it voted in June to allow a charter network to expand, the D.C. Office of Open Government has ruled.
Former charter school leaders settle lawsuit that alleged self-dealing scheme
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Sep 25, 5:14 AM: The former leaders of a public charter school for disabled and at-risk teenagers have agreed to settle a District lawsuit alleging they sought to enrich themselves by diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money meant for the >
Truancy Rates In D.C. Public And Charter Schools Increased Last Year, Annual Reports Show
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Sep 21, 6:30 AM: The number of students in the district who missed more than 10 days of school increased in both public and charter schools last year, according to annual reports released this month. 26 percent of DCPS students were considered >
D.C. public school teachers approve new contract
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Sep 11, 6:14 AM: D.C. public school teachers have overwhelmingly approved a new contract, ending a labor impasse that had lasted for five years.
Despite test gains, fewer than a third of D.C. students rated “college and career ready”
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Aug 18, 5:06 AM: Fewer than a third of public school students in the District are considered “college and career ready” in math and English language arts, according to test scores released Thursday that showed gains in both subjects, particularly in >
Teacher contract proposed in D.C. for the first time in five years
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Aug 15, 6:22 AM: If ratified by union members and approved by the D.C. Council, the tentative agreement would cement the school system’s reputation for offering some of the nation’s highest average teacher salaries.
One in four D.C. public schools have had at least three principals since 2012
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Jul 31, 5:23 AM: More than a quarter of D.C. Public Schools have had at least three principals since August 2012, a pattern of upheaval that worries parents and teachers who say constant change in leadership can generate instability, inhibit trust >
D.C. council member seeks ways to reduce student suspensions
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Jul 21, 7:09 AM: D.C. Council member David Grosso, chairman of the Education Committee, said he plans to introduce legislation to reduce student suspensions and ensure that schools are accurately tracking the number of students barred from class for >
Some D.C. high schools are reporting only a fraction of suspensions
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Jul 18, 7:00 AM: D.C. Public Schools has reported a dramatic decline in suspensions at a time when school systems around the country have been under pressure to take a less punitive approach to discipline.
Where D.C. Has Failed on Adult Eduction, Charter Schools Fill the Void
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Jul 13, 7:25 AM: D.C. has never really had a comprehensive or strategic approach to delivering adult education and related services to the majority of those who need them,” says Alex Donahue, deputy director for policy and research at the 21st >
D.C. Charter Schools Get First Union (CER in the news)
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Jun 19, 7:49 AM: Middle school teachers at a charter school in Columbia Heights have voted to unionize, forming the first collective bargaining unit at a charter school in the district. The teachers at Cesar Chavez Prep Middle School voted 31-2 in >
D.C. charter school becomes first in District to unionize
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Jun 19, 5:30 AM: Teachers and staff at a D.C. charter school voted Thursday to unionize, the first time a charter in the District has taken such a step.
D.C. council member urges action on D.C.’s mid-year teacher resignations
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Jun 2, 6:16 AM: A D.C. council member called the high number of mid-year teacher resignations at some D.C. Public Schools an “emergency,” and said Thursday that he wants Chancellor Antwan Wilson to come before the council’s education committee to >
Teachers Petition To Create First Union At A D.C. Charter School (CER in the news)
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Jun 1, 6:58 AM: Middle school teachers at a charter school in Northwest D.C. are campaigning to unionize. If their efforts succeed, they would form the first teachers’ union at a public charter school in the District.
Teachers at D.C. charter school launch campaign to unionize
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May 31, 5:17 AM: Teachers at a D.C. charter school are pushing to unionize, citing a desire to provide more resources to students and a need to stabilize the teaching force.
D.C. approves new charter schools: Most seats for middle grades
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May 25, 5:51 AM: The D.C. Public Charter School Board approved three new charter schools this week, including an all-boys middle school and an adult education campus.
DC Charter school offers new way of learning
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May 22, 6:41 AM: Students say the virtual learning at Friendship Public Charter school is the best of both worlds: they learn at home at their own speed but still get to socialize through weekly class visits, field trips, sports and clubs.

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