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DC leaders and teachers union clash with DCPS Chancellor on school reopening plans.
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Oct 26, 7:20 AM: Members of the Washington Teachers Union and supporters held a rally Friday night outside DC Council offices.
A D.C. charter school had a plan to reopen. Then it all fell apart.
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Oct 26, 6:54 AM: The abrupt change of plans at LAMB shows how, on a small scale, teacher reluctance can stop a school from reopening. Despite a new building, a top-notch air-filtration system, a non-unionized teaching staff and families who want to >
D.C. mayor points to learning loss in urging schools to reopen as city and union fail to reach agreement
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Oct 23, 8:30 AM: D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) pointed to data Thursday showing a sharp drop in the number of the youngest students who are meeting literacy benchmarks to reinforce her point that there is an urgent need to reopen schools, even as >
D.C. schools chief: Reopening talks ongoing with teachers union
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Oct 23, 8:17 AM: D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee on Thursday disputed a labor board ruling that orders his office to confer with the teachers union on reopening plans, saying such talks are ongoing.
Washington Teacher's Union says DCPS refused to bargain with them about reopening
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Oct 22, 6:07 AM: DC Public Schools violated the law by not bargaining with the Washington Teacher's Union regarding safely reopening amid the pandemic, according to the Public Employees Relations Board.
Negotiations stall between D.C. teachers union and the city over school reopening plans.
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Oct 16, 8:30 AM: The District’s public school system was close to an agreement with the Washington Teachers’ Union on the safety precautions the city would need to take to reopen classrooms during the pandemic, but negotiations stalled over details >
Carlos Rosario Public Charter School: Training a Diverse Workforce
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Oct 15, 7:48 AM: The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter has helped scores of adults in the District, especially those from immigrant backgrounds, become educated as a means of obtaining employment in the workforce and academically preparing >
DC charters lead the way on in-school teaching experiment
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Oct 12, 8:29 AM: Smaller and more nimble than the monolithic D.C. Public Schools system, the charters have been able to adapt and modify on the fly, trading information and pushing the limits of pandemic-era education.
Teachers’, Principals’, and Nurses’ Unions Remain Unsatisfied With Officials’ Plans for Safely Reopening DC Public Schools
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Oct 6, 7:56 AM:

The unions that represent thousands of workers who staff DC Public Schools had no idea the mayor would announce plans to reopen schools Monday, nor did they know the specifics.

D.C. chancellor and union struggle to reach an agreement ahead of mayor’s decision on schools reopening.
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Oct 2, 7:57 AM: The Washington Teachers’ Union said it told its members to ignore a school system letter emailed this week asking staff members to select whether they plan to teach in person in the upcoming months or stay home.
Editorial: Parents and teachers deserve more details, but Bowser is right to try to reopen schools
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Sep 28, 7:40 AM: Concerns that reopening schools could speed the spread of the novel coronavirus cannot be dismissed, and more needs to be known about what precautions will be put in place. But prolonged reliance on distance learning can harm a >
To Safely Return To Campus, D.C. Schools Look To Outdoor Learning
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Sep 24, 7:01 AM: As some of D.C.’s private and charter schools implement outdoor learning plans, can DC Public Schools do the same across a diverse school district?
For one D.C. couple, education doesn’t stop with just their son
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Sep 23, 7:11 AM: It is true that there are Black families — and families of every race and ethnicity — who are living in low income homes without Internet access, stretched and stressed about how to educate their kids while keeping a roof over their >
Opinion: Giving At-Risk Kids Priority in Lottery for D.C. Charter Schools Can Help Integration
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Sep 22, 6:17 AM: This week, the D.C. Council will take up the “Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020,” legislation that would authorize public charter schools to voluntarily give priority in D.C.’s public school lottery to students >
D.C. school leaders struggle to reopen buildings for small groups this month as staff reluctance persists
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Sep 21, 6:50 AM: D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said she wants to bring small groups of students back into schools by the end of September, but with less than two weeks to go, her administration has no plan and has not reached an agreement with >
D.C. says 20,000 students started the enrollment process, but did not complete it
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Sep 14, 6:32 AM: More than 20,000 students who were expected to attend the District’s public schools this academic year have not completed the annual enrollment process, according to Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn.
Small groups should return to D.C. public schools this month, mayor says
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Sep 10, 7:08 AM: The District’s public schools started classes online this semester, when officials said instruction would remain virtual-only until at least November.
DC’s Opportunity Scholarship Program Giving Students Access to In-Class Education
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Sep 9, 8:08 AM: Dissatisfied with the city’s public schools, local families have long favored schools responsive to their needs. The popularity of non-district schools is illustrated by the massive oversubscription to the Opportunity Scholarship >
D.C.’s state superintendent for education, Hanseul Kang, to step down
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Sep 9, 7:24 AM: The District’s longest-serving education appointee announced Tuesday that she would step down from her position, creating a high-profile vacancy in the middle of a pandemic that has entirely changed the way educational services are >
As neighborhood public school buildings remain closed, charters begin offering in-person learning for small groups
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Sep 9, 6:37 AM: The city’s two largest charter operators — KIPP DC and Friendship, which together educate more than 11,000 students — plan to start some in-person learning this week. KIPP DC has identified 243 students across its seven campuses to >

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