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D.C. Opportunity Scholarship a 'life changer' for hard-working family
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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 >
Opinion: Charter schools don’t have a compelling case to commandeer vacant or underused schools
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Jan 13, 6:33 AM: It seems to me that the city is not trying to deny these aggrieved charter schools access to buildings, but rather charter schools are not crafting compelling cases to receive such awards to commandeer vacant or >
Does D.C.’s school choice system hurt neighborhood schools?
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Jan 9, 7:31 AM: When D.C. families choose a school that is not their assigned neighborhood campus, they tend to select schools that educate fewer students from low-income families, according to an 86-page study released Thursday from the >
Educators hail Congress’s reauthorization of funding for D.C. Opportunity Scholarships
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Jan 7, 9:38 AM: Congress’s reauthorization of a program that provides tuition assistance for low-income District students to attend private and charter schools has been hailed by the Archdiocese of Washington’s superintendent of schools >
Editorial: D.C. is right to remove barriers for selective schools. But they shouldn’t lower the bar.
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Dec 30, 9:33 AM: D.C. SCHOOLS are making changes to the admission policies for selective high schools so that more students will get a better chance to enjoy those schools’ advantages. It’s good that the system wants to remove barriers to >
Letter: D.C. is denying charter schools’ right to unused buildings
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Dec 26, 7:34 AM: My organization conducted an extensive study using city documents that found that the District has at least 10 vacant or significantly underused buildings that should be made available to charter schools.
Opinion: Mayor Bowser’s education master facilities plan masquerades as a plan
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Dec 20, 7:48 AM: That fantasy was on display this week when the council’s Committee of the Whole and Committee on Education held a joint public hearing on the MFP. In his prepared testimony, Kihn called the document a “forward-looking, >
Opinion: D.C. could reinvent civics education
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Dec 17, 9:40 AM: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recently released statewide data on students’ reading and math proficiency rates between 2017 and 2019, and the District “made some of the country’s biggest gains.” >
D.C. charters say the city needs to give them empty buildings. The city says no.
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Dec 16, 9:56 AM: There’s one significant disagreement framing the campaign: Charter advocates and city officials have a vastly different count of how many vacant buildings exist. Advocates say there are at least 10. The city tally? Just >
Charter board auditing special-ed services at Southeast Washington school
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Dec 9, 8:01 AM: D.C. education officials are investigating special-education services at a charter school that serves more than 600 students in preschool through sixth grade.
D.C. Council weighs rise in school absenteeism, truancy
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Dec 6, 7:51 AM: D.C. lawmakers on Thursday reviewed strategies to combat chronic absenteeism and truancy, following a report last week that showed an increase in students cutting classes in the District.
D.C. Council mulls solutions to high rates of teacher turnover in District
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Dec 5, 8:15 AM: Teacher burnout, frustration with the evaluation system and a workplace culture that doesn’t include teachers in decision-making were some of the issues raised Wednesday as D.C. Council members examined high turnover rates >

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