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D.C. Council members look to curtail mayor’s control of city schools
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Sep 18, 7:37 AM: Some D.C. lawmakers want to curtail mayoral control of the city’s education system — a move that could blunt criticism that the D.C. Council has done little to hold Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) accountable after high-profile school >
Mayor Bowser alters panel that selects schools chief amid parents’ lawsuit
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Sep 17, 7:07 AM: Facing a court battle, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) moved this week to alter the composition of the panel advising her on finding a schools chief — a decision that underscores the high stakes involved with installing a >
The Real Estate Struggle Is Real for DC Charter Schools
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Sep 13, 7:23 AM: Charter school head Wendy Edwards recently inked a deal for the construction of a 38,000-square-foot school building that will house 300 prekindergarten through third-grade students in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of >
As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off
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Sep 10, 5:46 AM: But some parents say Bethesda Elementary is a good example of how enrollment forecasts — a key way that districts try to ensure enough capacity — can be significantly off, especially amid a building boom. In the area that Bethesda >
Parents say D.C. buses for special-ed students are unreliable at start of year
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Sep 4, 7:23 AM: About 3,000 special-education students in the District rely on city-funded buses to take them to and from school each day. The other 95,000 D.C. traditional public and charter school students use public transportation, walk or have >
Editorial: D.C. schools are improving slow and steady — and not enough
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Aug 21, 4:56 AM: FROM THE uproar over graduation practices to the scandal over the improper high school placement of the schools chancellor’s daughter, there was plenty of bad news about the District’s public school system last school year. So it >
D.C. inches toward closing achievement gap in English, test scores show
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Aug 17, 5:37 AM: The District’s public schools are making modest strides closing the vast achievement gap between white students and students of color, according to test results released Thursday that show the chasm narrowing on the English language >
A school called Excel failed. Now, D.C. Public Schools is reviving the all-girls campus.
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Aug 6, 7:25 AM: Until this spring, Excel had been a charter school. But then it failed. Now, the traditional public school system, having brought Excel into its domain, is gearing up to reopen the school — the only public all-girls school in the >
Who Gets Access to Data About D.C.’s Public Schools?
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Jul 26, 6:10 AM: In the wake of a series of DC Public Schools scandals, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh came forward with an idea: an independent research collaborative that would conduct studies on the city’s public schools, including charters. This >
DeAngelis: More Regulation of D.C. School Vouchers Won’t Help Students. It Will Just Give Families Fewer Choices for Their Kids
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Jul 23, 5:13 AM: Families choose schools for their children based on several important factors including culture, individual attention, and, of course, safety. Research tells us that parents — unsurprisingly — often value these things more than >
Families accused of residency fraud re-enroll at Duke Ellington School of the Arts
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Jul 19, 7:08 AM: Students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts accused of residency fraud are being allowed to re-enroll in the acclaimed D.C. public arts academy, quelling some fears that enrollment would suddenly plummet following widespread fraud >
In first-ever veto, Bowser rejects diploma reprieve for chronically absent students
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Jul 13, 4:51 AM: The mayor’s veto emerges as her administration has sought to contain a graduation scandal that shattered the image of D.C. Public Schools as a model for urban education reform.
Letter: A poor start to the search for a new D.C. schools chancellor
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Jul 9, 6:38 AM: When selecting a new D.C. schools chancellor, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) should comply with the law. Ms. Bowser’s appointment of university, charter and foundation officials, plus the former deputy mayor for education, to the >
The State Of D.C.’s Charter Schools
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Jul 3, 7:12 AM: Nearly 50 percent of District students attend charter schools, which are independent, taxpayer-funded and tuition-free. In a year of upheaval in the D.C. public school system, what is the state of charter schools in our city? How do >
Opinion: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program proves cost effective, boosts graduation rates
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Jul 3, 5:16 AM:

The bottom line: the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program significantly improves graduation rates and school safety — and does so for a fraction of the money spent on students in D.C. Public Schools.

About a quarter of D.C. Public Schools teachers lack required certification
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Jun 22, 6:30 AM: The District’s teachers all have college degrees and have undergone criminal background checks and drug tests, city officials said. The interim chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, Amanda Alexander, said in an interview earlier this >
Opinion: D.C. graduation fraud? Not in the charter schools.
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Jun 19, 6:25 AM: Yet there is a story of real academic progress in the nation’s capital. It’s the story of the other public schools, the ones educating nearly 50 percent of public school students. It’s the story of D.C.’s charter >
DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale
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Jun 18, 7:39 AM: As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country.
Opinion: Why the mayor’s control of school data hurts students
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Jun 4, 5:08 AM: The argument for mayoral control of education, here and elsewhere, is that it leads to greater accountability. Results would come more quickly, especially for lower-achieving students. Politics would not infect and slow reforms. The >
Why does Bowser keep saying D.C. is the ‘fastest improving’ school district in the country?
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May 22, 7:24 AM: The idea that D.C. is the fastest-improving urban district in the nation gained steam in 2013 — more than a year before Bowser took office — when the city posted some of the country’s biggest gains on the National Assessment of >

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