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Educators And Agitators Win D.C. State Board Of Education Races
Nov 8, 6:00 AM: In what turned out to be an expensive D.C. State Board of Education race, educators and those seeking to shake up the system won by double-digit percentages.
In D.C. Board of Education races, voters choose proponents of traditional public schools
Nov 7, 7:40 AM: D.C. voters had a philosophical question about public education to answer at the polls Tuesday: Did they want candidates who would more likely be fervent advocates of the traditional public school system, or those who >
D.C. charter schools argue in appeals court that city is breaking federal law and funding them unequally
Nov 6, 6:01 AM: A four-year-old lawsuit challenging the District’s treatment of charter schools continued in court Monday, with a coalition of charters arguing to federal judges that the city’s unequal funding of schools is breaking the >
Why are so many DC teachers leaving their jobs?
Oct 25, 7:29 AM: D.C. public and charter schoolteachers appeared before the D.C. State Board of Education Wednesday night to offer some of the reasons why the District has an unusually high turnover rate of teachers.
D.C. partners with college to offer associates degree to high schoolers in poorest neighborhoods
Oct 18, 5:02 AM: The District’s public school system is partnering with Bard College in New York to open a school next fall that will allow students to graduate from high school with a two-year college associate degree. >
Money continues to trickle into unusually expensive D.C. State Board of Education races
Oct 16, 7:20 AM: Money continues to trickle to the candidates running to be on the D.C. State Board of Education — positions that wield little power in the District but have attracted significant amounts of money.
Why is so much money flowing into D.C.’s school board races?
Oct 9, 6:49 AM: The checks are flowing in from across the country: $200 from a charter school principal in New York, $100 from a Silicon Valley employee, another $100 from a school leadership consultant in North Carolina.
Editorial: The D.C. school system has made enormous progress. These bills would set it back.
Oct 1, 6:04 AM: IT SEEMS it is time for another reminder of what the District of Columbia public school system was like before mayoral control. School didn’t start on time each fall because buildings weren’t ready. >
D.C. Council members look to curtail mayor’s control of city schools
Sep 18, 7:37 AM: Some D.C. lawmakers want to curtail mayoral control of the city’s education system — a move that could blunt criticism that the D.C. Council has done little to hold Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) accountable after high-profile >
Mayor Bowser alters panel that selects schools chief amid parents’ lawsuit
Sep 17, 7:07 AM: Facing a court battle, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) moved this week to alter the composition of the panel advising her on finding a schools chief — a decision that underscores the high stakes involved with installing a >
The Real Estate Struggle Is Real for DC Charter Schools
Sep 13, 7:23 AM: Charter school head Wendy Edwards recently inked a deal for the construction of a 38,000-square-foot school building that will house 300 prekindergarten through third-grade students in the Washington Highlands neighborhood >
As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off
Sep 10, 5:46 AM: But some parents say Bethesda Elementary is a good example of how enrollment forecasts — a key way that districts try to ensure enough capacity — can be significantly off, especially amid a building boom. In the area that >
Parents say D.C. buses for special-ed students are unreliable at start of year
Sep 4, 7:23 AM: About 3,000 special-education students in the District rely on city-funded buses to take them to and from school each day. The other 95,000 D.C. traditional public and charter school students use public transportation, >
Editorial: D.C. schools are improving slow and steady — and not enough
Aug 21, 4:56 AM: FROM THE uproar over graduation practices to the scandal over the improper high school placement of the schools chancellor’s daughter, there was plenty of bad news about the District’s public school system last school >
D.C. inches toward closing achievement gap in English, test scores show
Aug 17, 5:37 AM: The District’s public schools are making modest strides closing the vast achievement gap between white students and students of color, according to test results released Thursday that show the chasm narrowing on the >
A school called Excel failed. Now, D.C. Public Schools is reviving the all-girls campus.
Aug 6, 7:25 AM: Until this spring, Excel had been a charter school. But then it failed. Now, the traditional public school system, having brought Excel into its domain, is gearing up to reopen the school — the only public all-girls school >
Who Gets Access to Data About D.C.’s Public Schools?
Jul 26, 6:10 AM: In the wake of a series of DC Public Schools scandals, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh came forward with an idea: an independent research collaborative that would conduct studies on the city’s public schools, including >
DeAngelis: More Regulation of D.C. School Vouchers Won’t Help Students. It Will Just Give Families Fewer Choices for Their Kids
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
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
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.



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