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D.C. Council mulls solutions to high rates of teacher turnover in District
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Dec 5, 8:15 AM: Teacher burnout, frustration with the evaluation system and a workplace culture that doesn’t include teachers in decision-making were some of the issues raised Wednesday as D.C. Council members examined high turnover rates for >
Does every D.C. child have a fair shot at attending an elite high school? The city is trying.
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Dec 2, 9:14 AM: The D.C. public school system is scaling back admissions requirements for the city’s selective public high schools, an effort to open elite classrooms to students who live in every corner of the city.
Latest star ratings for D.C. schools show citywide improvement even as gaps persist
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Nov 27, 8:27 AM: The District’s 206 public school campuses received their second star rankings Tuesday, and while the results highlighted improvements across the city, they also underscored the persistent achievement gap on standardized tests >
Post poll finds record high 44 percent rate District public schools positively
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Nov 25, 9:51 AM: Now her children are in a Capitol Hill middle school, and Jamison is glad she decided to stick with the District’s traditional public school system, convinced the city is doing a good job educating its young residents.
In New Pilot Program, At-Risk Students Will Get DCPS Lottery Priority
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Nov 20, 8:02 AM: Starting next month, the school lottery will open to the tens of thousands of D.C. families looking to get their kids into their preferred school. But for some disadvantaged students, this year’s lottery will be less a game of >
Editorial: D.C.’s charter schools chief is stepping down at a critical time
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Nov 18, 8:31 AM: THE LATEST scores on standardized tests show the District’s traditional schools outperforming the gains made by the city’s public charter schools. You might think that would rankle the executive director of D.C.’s Public Charter >
Teachers at D.C.’s only unionized charter school sign a contract, a first for the city
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Nov 18, 8:28 AM: Teachers and staff members at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School are nearing a historic moment: They’re a vote away from settling with their bosses on a union contract, the first time that has happened at a D.C. charter >
DC charter schools blame Mayor Bowser for lack of enrollment growth
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Nov 15, 9:39 AM: For the first time since they opened in 1996, DC public charter schools, run by various groups and non-profits, lost enrollment this school year, while the government-run DC public schools saw enrollment numbers increase. Leaders in >
Scott Pearson, longtime leader of D.C.’s charter sector, plans to step down in May
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Nov 13, 8:57 AM: The advocate who oversaw the growth of charter schools in the nation’s capital for much of the past decade announced Tuesday that he plans to step down in May from one of the most powerful education posts in the city.
In a time of peril for HBCUs, D.C. partners with group that’s helping schools ‘keep the doors open’
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Nov 12, 9:10 AM: The student is part of a recently announced push by D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education to waive application fees for more than 3,000 traditional public and charter school students. The superintendent’s office is >
Opinion: It’s morally and legally wrong to deny charter schools access to unused school buildings
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Nov 11, 9:26 AM: We urge the mayor and other leaders to stop limiting opportunities for our students. School buildings should be filled with children engaged in the joy of learning, not with empty desks and molding boxes. Making surplus school >
D.C. graduation rate holds steady in 2019, despite drop in traditional school system
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Nov 11, 8:42 AM: Charter schools, which educate far fewer high school seniors than the traditional system, graduated 76.4 percent of their seniors, a four percentage point increase from 2018. In all, the city graduated 3,359 students last spring who >
DC high schools awarded for bold new approach to education in some of the most violent neighborhoods
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Nov 8, 7:41 AM: Thurgood is far from the only school in the DMV struggling with violence. IDEA Public Charter School in Deanwood has also lost students to violence. Both schools have earned Empower K12's Bold Performance Award, for being bold >
Opinion: DC charter schools are thriving, but the District is depriving them of space
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Nov 6, 7:52 AM: In the near quarter-century since District of Columbia parents were first allowed to choose public charter schools for their children, demand has grown to the extent that nearly half of all the District’s public school students are >
Editorial: D.C. passes the nation’s report card. So why would the city roll back education reform?
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Nov 1, 7:33 AM: There is still much work to be done in improving public education in the District, and not every benchmark will show such dramatic improvement. But this much is clear: It would be highly irresponsible, and deeply unfair to the >
This DC charter school believes it has improved because it has hired more black educators
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Oct 31, 6:23 AM: Leaders at Eagle Academy in Southeast Washington recently made a decision to seek out more black male teachers and classroom aides as role models.
D.C. is a bright spot in the nation’s overall lackluster standardized test results
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Oct 30, 7:24 AM: D.C. students made some of the country’s biggest gains in reading and math this year on a standardized test regarded as a crucial barometer of achievement, according to results released Wednesday.
Miss Virginia Fought The Myths Surrounding School Choice And Won For DC Kids
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Oct 24, 8:47 AM: Imagine sitting in a Congressional hearing room listening to testimony from one of your opponents, a public high school principal. He tells the collected members of the House of Representatives that the scholarship program you have >
D.C. charter schools experience first enrollment drop since 1996
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Oct 23, 7:21 AM: Enrollment in the District’s charter school sector declined slightly this academic year, breaking a streak of growth that began in 1996 when the privately run but publicly funded campuses were established in the city, according to >
Chancellor pledges to review D.C.’s controversial teacher evaluation system
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Oct 21, 5:35 AM: D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee is vowing to rigorously examine the controversial teacher evaluation system he inherited — a move the teachers union hopes is the first step in redesigning a protocol that it argues >

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