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Teachers and Parents Hopeful About Technology Enhancements
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Mar 31, 8:22 AM: Though teachers have demanded in-class technological enhancements for years, the pandemic and subsequent pivot to virtual learning inspired a race to bridge resource gaps and ensure each student had a laptop. >
Literacy scores show widening achievement gap in D.C. during pandemic
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Mar 17, 9:26 AM: The literacy proficiency gap between young White students and students of color in the District continued to widen during the second year of the pandemic, according to data released recently by D.C. Public Schools. >
‘Arbitrary, Unscientific, and Irrational’: D.C. Families Seek Exception to Mask Mandate in Catholic Schools
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Mar 8, 9:56 AM: In a legal complaint, Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the families, argues that the mandate unduly burdens free exercise of religion.
Inside The Divide Over The Future Of The Washington Teachers’ Union
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Mar 2, 6:55 AM: During one week this January, a group of educators in the Washington Teachers’ Union posted selfies to Twitter from inside classrooms, accompanying the images with #It’sNotSafe. They rallied outside D.C. Mayor Muriel >
Reverse the effects of education redlining, unleash student potential
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Feb 24, 9:35 AM: A wide performance gap between white students and black students has persisted in D.C. public schools for generations. Lawmakers can help close this gap today, and at the same time, erase any remaining vestiges of a >
Most D.C. parents satisfied with schools during pandemic, Post poll finds
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Feb 24, 9:01 AM: Nearly half of D.C. residents, 48 percent, say Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is doing an excellent or good job improving public schools in the District, down from 59 percent who said the same in 2019, but similar to her >
Mysa school seeks permanent home
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Feb 23, 9:08 AM: Mysa is a nonprofit whose pedagogy is based on individualized, hands-on learning. Its application states the school anticipates growth to 30 students and four full-time staff members over the next three years, though >
Washington DC charter school builds financial education into curriculum
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Feb 22, 10:42 AM: Here at Legends Charter school, which fittingly sits in a corporate office area of Washington D.C., Financial Education is comprehensively built into the curriculum and offered to the entire school community. >
Judge holds D.C. in contempt for failing to provide education to older students with disabilities in jail
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Feb 18, 8:53 AM: A federal judge has found the District in contempt of court for failing to provide adequate special education to students with disabilities detained at the D.C. jail.
D.C. announces massive public education budget with more mental health funding
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Feb 8, 9:14 AM: The huge spending proposal could be challenged by inflation, enrollment declines and staffing shortages.
D.C. students walk out to protest ‘not safe’ school covid protocols
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Jan 26, 9:22 AM: Dozens of students from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School walked out Tuesday afternoon in a push for more coronavirus testing and virtual options in D.C. Public Schools. Students in smaller numbers from eight other >
D.C. charter schools offer perks to counter teacher burnout, turnover
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Jan 3, 8:59 AM: D.C. charter schools desperate to stave off teacher burnout and an anticipated record number of departures from the profession are offering perks such as yoga lessons, spin classes and mindfulness exercises. >
D.C. Public Schools will require a negative coronavirus test before students, staffers return
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Dec 30, 9:17 AM: D.C. Public Schools will require a negative coronavirus test for every student and staffer returning after the holiday break.
D.C. schools stayed open amid surges. Many students stayed home.
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Dec 22, 9:41 AM: For D.C. students who chose to attend classes Tuesday, hallways usually filled with their peers seemed noticeably emptier. Principals have been stressed over how to carry out operations while classes — and at certain >
'There is really no transparency': Some DCPS parents confused about virtual learning plans
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Dec 21, 8:56 AM: A DCPS parent who asked not to be identified, says he is confused by the metrics being used to return to virtual classrooms.“There is really no transparency,” the unidentified parent said. “It’s really hard to be >
Ferebee announces growing list of DC schools going virtual amid COVID surge
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Dec 21, 8:47 AM: Yesterday, officials announced three other public schools transitioned to virtual learning ahead of the holiday break. Those three schools — McKinley Tech High School, Turner Elementary School and Bard High School Early >
DC Council aims to learn why so many teachers are quitting, and how to fix it
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Dec 17, 8:04 AM: Several witnesses at the hearing talked of flexible hours worked into the teacher’s school day, and more help from the administration to bring in assistance as a measure to prevent burnout.
As covid surges, D.C.-area schools cancel activities and go virtual again
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Dec 16, 9:08 AM:

As coronavirus cases climb across the D.C. region, schools scrambled to adjust Wednesday, with several moving online ahead of the winter break.

D.C.’s struggle to hire more diverse teachers — and keep them
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Dec 7, 9:31 AM: Days before the coronavirus pandemic forced D.C. schools to close last year, fourth-grade teacher Isabella Sanchez sat down in front of the District’s State Board of Education to explain why teacher diversity matters. At >
DC to offer expanded school choice, pre-K access to at-risk kids
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Dec 6, 6:12 AM: Kids who are homeless or at risk in D.C. will have a better chance for enrollment at the city’s most sought-after schools.

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