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The District’s charter board selects former St. Paul and D.C. school official as new leader
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May 28, 7:28 AM: The D.C. Public Charter School Board on Wednesday named a former top St. Paul, Minn., public schools official to be its next executive director — one of the most powerful posts in D.C. education, overseeing a high-profile and >
Mayor’s advisers say D.C. schools shouldn’t fully reopen without vaccine or cure
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May 22, 8:19 AM: Students in the nation’s capital should not return to full, in-person learning until there is a reliable vaccine or cure for the novel coronavirus, according to recommendations released Thursday by a group of advisers appointed by >
D.C. mayor proposes boosting public school spending next year despite economic crisis
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May 19, 8:18 AM: The spending plan calls for a 3 percent increase for each public school student — slightly less than the 4 percent increase Bowser proposed in February, but still far from the doomsday budget many education leaders >
Opinion: Don’t balance the budget on the backs of vulnerable children
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May 15, 7:27 AM: Cutting back on investing in our most underserved communities risks widening this tragic gap, undoing the significant but unfinished progress of late.
Charter schools’ public funding is still flowing, but some say they still need federal aid
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May 14, 7:23 AM: D.C. charter schools received federal aid intended to keep nonprofits and small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing criticism from public school advocates and others who say the money should be reserved for >
Kevin the guinea pig helps DC students read and write during distance learning
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May 14, 7:18 AM: Most kids are missing their friends and teachers while they are stuck at home, but one kindergarten class in Southeast D.C. is missing another special friend. His name is Kevin the guinea pig, and he has been a part of Christina >
In D.C. schools, spring was ravaged by covid and disconnection. Fall will be about catching up.
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May 11, 8:30 AM: The coronavirus has torn through neighborhoods in the nation’s capital with unequal ferocity, and the city’s schools reflect that. It has magnified existing disparities and educational outcomes and unearthed new >
Opinion I As D.C. tightens its fiscal belt, we must not squeeze students
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May 8, 8:07 AM: The nonprofit I lead, Education Reform Now-DC, has joined other education advocates in calling for greater resources and flexibility for D.C. schools in response to this crisis. Our requests are straightforward: increase overall >
D.C. needs hundreds of teachers for next school year. Enter: The virtual job fair.
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May 4, 7:32 AM: The District’s public school system still needs to fill 450 teaching positions before the start of the next academic year. The city’s 63 charter operators also have hundreds of job vacancies at their schools.
Opinion: The coronavirus crisis shines light on educational inequalities
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May 1, 7:24 AM: The tragedy of this pandemic has forced a bright light on entrenched, intergenerational inequalities and burning social injustices, creating a unique opportunity to address them.
Washington Teachers' Union Excluded From New ReOpen Committee for Schools
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Apr 28, 8:28 AM: Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis says she told Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday that she was interested in taking part in a newly formed committee responsible for guiding how D.C. can reopen schools safely. On >
D.C.-area schools plan their returns, but health officials and teachers unions will have their say
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Apr 17, 8:36 AM: Depending on which plans stick, school officials may also be forced to navigate complicated relationships with unionized teachers, who work on 10-month contracts.
Ramona Edelin: Invest in our most vulnerable students
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Apr 14, 7:42 AM: Combined with an increase in per-student city funding attached to such students, adopting a modernized, comprehensive definition of at-risk students could be a game-changer as we work to eliminate the achievement gap. As Mayor >
D.C.-area universities to receive $65 million in emergency funding for students
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Apr 10, 9:43 AM: More than $65 million in emergency federal funding will be made available to D.C.-area colleges and universities, the Trump administration announced Thursday, money designed to support students who have struggled to afford basic >
These students are in a virtual school for 5 hours a day – uniforms still required
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Apr 9, 7:31 AM: Statesmen College Preparatory Academy is a public charter school in Southeast Washington. The school opened two years ago to help young men of color succeed in the District.
Letter: School choice puts parent’s instincts in conflict
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Apr 8, 8:57 AM: I'm facing a (very privileged) decision that I could nonetheless use some help framing. We live in a neighborhood with a so-so public school option. Most parents do their best to lottery into other public or charter schools. Some go >
Achievement Could Drop In D.C. Schools During Coronavirus Closures, Study Finds
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Apr 8, 8:27 AM: Student performance in D.C. schools could tumble significantly if the coronavirus keeps students out of classrooms for the rest of the academic year.
D.C.’s charter schools must seek out all pandemic relief options
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Apr 8, 6:45 AM: The April 3 Metro article “Charter schools consider applying for federal loans” reported that D.C. public charter schools may ask for federal funds to partially offset “incurred unexpected and hefty costs during the school closures” >
D.C.’s public charter schools may ask for federal funds designed to bail out small businesses
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Apr 3, 8:17 AM: D.C. charter schools get most of their funding from the government, a revenue stream that continues to flow as the coronavirus grinds the District’s economy to a halt. But some of the schools are now weighing whether they should >
First week of distance learning a challenge for some parents with no internet, no laptops
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Mar 27, 8:22 AM: In the first week of distance learning due to COVID-19, some DCPS parents are struggling to connect outside the classroom. “It’s just frustrating all around,” said parent Carolyn Rivers.

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