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D.C. school system and teachers clash ahead of school reopening
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Jul 2, 8:07 AM: The Washington Teachers’ Union is telling its members to ignore a school system letter asking teachers to select whether they plan to teach in person in the fall or stay home.
D.C. school system and teachers clash ahead of school reopening
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Jul 2, 6:37 AM: The Washington Teachers’ Union is telling its members to ignore a school system letter asking teachers to select whether they plan to teach in person in the fall or stay home. The letter, and the union’s response, >
‘I only like mom school’: Why my autistic son thrived during the pandemic school closures
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Jun 23, 8:30 AM: My autistic second grader thrived during remote learning. In the past three months at home, he’s moved up several reading levels, improved his writing stamina and conquered fractions. In a virtual session in April, his >
D.C. teachers express concerns about possibility of in-person learning in the fall
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Jun 23, 8:03 AM: In a new report, the Washington Teachers’ Union is releasing its findings from a new survey looking ahead at how schools can safely reopen for in-person learning.
Commentary: In tough times, our most disadvantaged students need our help
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Jun 16, 6:13 AM: Disruption to education carries greater consequences for these students, as they are already more likely to be performing below their grade level and are less likely to be able to access distance learning at home. >
Democrats for Education Reform Founder Acknowledges Attack Mailers Were Unfair
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Jun 8, 6:23 AM: In mid-May, Democrats for Education Reform DC founder and former director Catharine Bellinger defended the campaign fliers the pro-charter school organization sent to mailboxes throughout Ward 4 distorting candidate >
Opinion: Increasing education funding in D.C. is essential
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Jun 4, 8:14 AM: Nearly half of all D.C. public school students are identified as being at-risk of falling behind or falling further behind, and they have a right to an outstanding education. Students like ours, who traverse the city to >
The District’s charter board selects former St. Paul and D.C. school official as new leader
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May 28, 7:28 AM: The D.C. Public Charter School Board on Wednesday named a former top St. Paul, Minn., public schools official to be its next executive director — one of the most powerful posts in D.C. education, overseeing a high-profile >
Mayor’s advisers say D.C. schools shouldn’t fully reopen without vaccine or cure
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May 22, 8:19 AM: Students in the nation’s capital should not return to full, in-person learning until there is a reliable vaccine or cure for the novel coronavirus, according to recommendations released Thursday by a group of advisers >
D.C. mayor proposes boosting public school spending next year despite economic crisis
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May 19, 8:18 AM: The spending plan calls for a 3 percent increase for each public school student — slightly less than the 4 percent increase Bowser proposed in February, but still far from the doomsday budget many education leaders >
Opinion: Don’t balance the budget on the backs of vulnerable children
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May 15, 7:27 AM: Cutting back on investing in our most underserved communities risks widening this tragic gap, undoing the significant but unfinished progress of late.
Charter schools’ public funding is still flowing, but some say they still need federal aid
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May 14, 7:23 AM: D.C. charter schools received federal aid intended to keep nonprofits and small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing criticism from public school advocates and others who say the money should be >
Kevin the guinea pig helps DC students read and write during distance learning
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May 14, 7:18 AM: Most kids are missing their friends and teachers while they are stuck at home, but one kindergarten class in Southeast D.C. is missing another special friend. His name is Kevin the guinea pig, and he has been a part of >
In D.C. schools, spring was ravaged by covid and disconnection. Fall will be about catching up.
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May 11, 8:30 AM: The coronavirus has torn through neighborhoods in the nation’s capital with unequal ferocity, and the city’s schools reflect that. It has magnified existing disparities and educational outcomes and unearthed new >
Opinion I As D.C. tightens its fiscal belt, we must not squeeze students
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May 8, 8:07 AM: The nonprofit I lead, Education Reform Now-DC, has joined other education advocates in calling for greater resources and flexibility for D.C. schools in response to this crisis. Our requests are straightforward: increase >
D.C. needs hundreds of teachers for next school year. Enter: The virtual job fair.
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May 4, 7:32 AM: The District’s public school system still needs to fill 450 teaching positions before the start of the next academic year. The city’s 63 charter operators also have hundreds of job vacancies at their schools. >
Opinion: The coronavirus crisis shines light on educational inequalities
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May 1, 7:24 AM: The tragedy of this pandemic has forced a bright light on entrenched, intergenerational inequalities and burning social injustices, creating a unique opportunity to address them.
Washington Teachers' Union Excluded From New ReOpen Committee for Schools
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Apr 28, 8:28 AM: Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis says she told Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday that she was interested in taking part in a newly formed committee responsible for guiding how D.C. can reopen schools >
D.C.-area schools plan their returns, but health officials and teachers unions will have their say
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Apr 17, 8:36 AM: Depending on which plans stick, school officials may also be forced to navigate complicated relationships with unionized teachers, who work on 10-month contracts.
Ramona Edelin: Invest in our most vulnerable students
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Apr 14, 7:42 AM: Combined with an increase in per-student city funding attached to such students, adopting a modernized, comprehensive definition of at-risk students could be a game-changer as we work to eliminate the achievement gap. As >

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