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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.
In a city where most students don’t attend their neighborhood schools, what drives the education choices of families?
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Mar 27, 8:09 AM:

It’s a tense ritual that unfolds in the nation’s capital every year. About 25,000 families apply to secure a slot at public schools through the competitive school lottery system. Then, they wait for a randomly assigned >

DC school lottery results to be released on schedule. Here's how to get yours
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Mar 26, 7:27 AM: D.C. School Lottery results scheduled to be released on Friday will still be available on time, despite the ongoing effects of the coronavirus.
D.C. students head to school online Tuesday, highlighting city’s divide in access to technology
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Mar 25, 7:10 AM: The District embarked Tuesday on its distance-learning operation, an unprecedented experiment that will test whether students can learn remotely while schools are closed as the country attempts to stop the spread of the >
‘There’s no blueprint for this’: Students embark on an unprecedented remote learning plan
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Mar 16, 8:42 AM: On Monday, the window of preparation will begin to close, and hundreds of thousands of students in the Washington region will embark on an unprecedented remote education experience as their schools close and they remain at >
D.C. Public Schools will close beginning Monday as officials attempt to contain virus outbreak
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Mar 13, 8:47 AM: The closures will affect at least 52,000 students in the District’s traditional public school system. It is still unclear how many of the city’s 120 charter campuses — which educate nearly 50,000 students — will remain >
D.C.-region schools don’t want to close, but they are preparing for the worst
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Mar 12, 6:16 AM: The largest charter network in the nation’s capital — KIPP D.C. — is dismissing school early Monday so staff on its seven campuses can plan. Loudoun County, Va., is closing schools March 20 to give teachers — who will >
Perfectly good DC school buildings rot while charter schools lack space
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Mar 10, 5:13 AM: Many of the city’s public charter schools, some with oversubscribed campuses nearby, are unable to accommodate students because of shortages of space and would seize the opportunity to restore the building to its former >
Opinion: Give D.C. public charter schools a chance to serve at-risk students
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Mar 9, 9:13 AM: We are proud of the ongoing progress the D.C. public school system is making and equally proud of contributing to that. The State of D.C. Schools report makes clear that there is so much more to be done. Better enabling >
D.C. students made some of the nation’s biggest improvements on AP exams
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Mar 4, 7:41 AM: More students in the nation’s capital are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams than ever — a sign that the city’s public schools are better preparing students for college, according to D.C. officials. >
Editorial: Let charter schools use the vacant Spingarn High School building
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Mar 2, 9:51 AM: When Spingarn closed, officials said it would reopen as a vocational school. More recently they talked about possibly using the grounds as a temporary site for modular classrooms.Meanwhile, 12,000 students languish on >
D.C. Opportunity Scholarship a 'life changer' for hard-working family
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Feb 19, 8:37 AM:

When‌ ‌Martin‌ ‌and‌ ‌Scolastica‌ ‌Kimathi‌ ‌Kariithi‌ ‌just‌ started settling in ‌the‌ ‌United‌ ‌States‌ ‌after‌ ‌immigrating‌ ‌from‌ ‌Kenya‌ ‌in‌ ‌2010,‌ ‌finding‌ ‌a‌ ‌school‌ ‌that‌ ‌would‌ ‌provide‌ ‌a‌ ‌quality‌ >

Bernie Sanders wades into a local education issue, criticizes D.C. decision to close school
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Feb 13, 9:38 AM: When it comes to the future of a public school in the nation’s capital, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has taken a stance: D.C. leaders should keep it open.
Community leaders fighting to keep city's only public all-girls school in Ward 8
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Feb 12, 6:41 AM: Parents, like Rona Proctor, are waiting anxiously for more information from DCPS on plans for Excel Academy after the 2020-2021 school year. The building is currently meant for charter schools, based on the leasing >
D.C.’s two biggest charter networks are growing. But how big is too big?
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Feb 10, 7:43 AM: And now, Friendship may rescue yet another struggling charter campus. D.C. education officials are considering a proposal for Friendship to take over Achievement Prep-Wahler Place Middle School in Southeast Washington. >
D.C. Council member works to save alternative school slated for closing
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Jan 31, 8:58 AM: A D.C. Council member wants to keep Washington Metropolitan Opportunity Academy open another year, even as top school officials prepare for its closure.
Opinion: All D.C. students deserve high-performing schools
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Jan 31, 8:15 AM: Public school choice is working for District students and families. Our once-struggling public schools now are beacons of innovation and improvement for the nation. A new report by the D.C. Policy Center shows how far we >
KIPP, the city’s largest charter network, is expanding with a lease for a vacant D.C. campus
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Jan 27, 8:31 AM: The District plans to lease an empty school building to the KIPP DC charter network, giving the largest charter operator in the city an even bigger footprint. The lease, which city officials announced Monday, marks the >
D.C. moves to close first traditional public school in seven years
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Jan 24, 8:16 AM: D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee announced Thursday that Washington Metropolitan Opportunity Academy will close at the end of the academic year — the first campus the city has closed in the traditional >
D.C. Opportunity Scholarships have supported mom’s biggest investment
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Jan 20, 7:25 AM: Nakisha Thompson has sent all four of her children to Catholic school, beginning with pre-kindergarten classes at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy in Washington, D.C. She chose this schooling for her children because she >

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