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Letter: A poor start to the search for a new D.C. schools chancellor
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
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
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.

About a quarter of D.C. Public Schools teachers lack required certification
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.
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Dual language charter schools attract the longest waiting lists in D.C.
Apr 18, 7:02 AM: The D.C. Public Charter School Board released waitlist data Tuesday for the 2018-2019 academic year. The data shows that dual language and Montessori-style schools are in high demand. Six of the 10 schools with the longest >
D.C. Has Failed To Enforce Residency For Public School Students, Audit Finds
Apr 18, 6:31 AM: D.C. Inspector General Daniel Lucas says the city has broadly fallen short in its enforcement of the law that requires that students prove they are D.C. residents to attend traditional public and public charter schools >
D.C. is misspending millions of dollars intended to help the city’s poorest students
Apr 16, 6:43 AM: The District’s public school system has misspent millions of dollars designated to help the city’s most vulnerable students, directing the money instead to cover day-to-day costs, according to government data, D.C. Council >



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