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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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.

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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 >
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 schools. >
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 >
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 >
Column: A little school demands a lot — more than any other in D.C. Is that good?
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May 21, 5:06 AM: Anyone can get into BASIS DC, yet the school demands more of students than any high school, public or private, in the city. Some parents and teachers love this. Some who reject the option think it is too much. >
Charter school abandons plan for third campus in D.C. after low enrollment
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May 15, 6:14 AM: The Rocketship charter school network has abandoned plans to open a third campus in D.C. at the start of the new school year, slowing the chain’s ambitious expansion goals in the District.
D.C. Finds That Almost A Quarter Of Students At Acclaimed Public Arts School Are Attending Illegally
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May 14, 4:49 AM: An audit of enrollment at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a highly regarded application-only public high school in Georgetown, has found that roughly a quarter of the students currently attending live in Maryland or >
D.C. AG seeks more than $800,000 from city employees who live in Maryland, alleging they fraudulently sent children to city schools
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May 10, 5:39 AM: The complaints, filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, are against a public charter schoolteacher and two employees of the D.C. police department. They come amid growing scrutiny of families who falsely claim they live in >
Opinion: While DC schools struggle, don't lose sight of charter school success
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May 9, 7:04 AM: But while D.C. Public Schools re-examines and reforms its practices under new leadership, District residents should remember that the other half of D.C.’s public schools, which educates 48 percent of all District public >
The DC Public Charter School Board Didn't Intervene in a Financially Troubled School
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Apr 26, 7:00 AM: Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School’s financial woes have existed for much longer than the board let on.
STEM students launch action to save DC charter school
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Apr 26, 6:32 AM: STEM Students are now taking over the failed efforts to save one of Washington's oldest Public Charter Schools after the city's Public Charter School Board voted to close the facility at the end of the 2017-2018 school >
Teachers from only D.C. charter school with a union take to the streets to protest
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Apr 26, 5:31 AM: A rare battle between teachers and administrators at a charter school has broken into public view, with educators taking to the streets of a D.C. neighborhood to press their case that the school is spending millions of >
D.C. Council members propose independent education watchdog
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Apr 23, 8:19 AM: Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would establish a research arm of the government focused on education data and rebuilding trust in the District’s public schools.

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