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300 applications per seat? See which DC schools were the most sought-after in the 2019-2020 lottery
Apr 5, 6:41 AM: The most competed-for seats in the D.C. Public School system had 300 contenders vying for one of three open spots, according to data released this week by the district.
House committees scrutinize D.C.’s federal private school voucher program
Apr 3, 4:51 AM: The fight over the D.C. private school voucher program, the only federally funded program of its kind, is heating up as the Trump administration wants to double the size of the program while House Democrats scrutinize its >
Opinion: Parents must know how D.C.’s charter schools spend public money
Apr 1, 7:43 AM: Charter schools educate nearly half of Washington’s public school students and receive a total of nearly $900 million in public funding each year. So why are parents, teachers, journalists and the public kept in the dark >
Opinion: Charter schools already lead on accountability, but they also need autonomy, adequate funding
Apr 1, 5:29 AM: An ostensibly well-meaning, sensible-sounding piece of proposed legislation — the Public School Transparency Amendment Act of 2019 — is now being pushed in the DC Council. Ward 6 member Charles Allen sponsored the bill, >
D.C. accuses another batch of Maryland families of fraudulently enrolling children in city schools
Mar 29, 7:56 AM: For the fourth time in the past year, the District is accusing families from the Maryland suburbs of fraudulently claiming to live in the city so their children could attend D.C. public schools. And three of the seven >
The Lottery That’s Revolutionizing D.C. Schools
Mar 21, 7:33 AM: Nobel Prize-winning economist designed an algorithm that transformed where Washington kids go to school. But how far can it go in addressing segregation and inequality?
D.C. is thriving. Why do some school budgets appear to be shrinking?
Mar 20, 7:14 AM: Some District schools that serve high concentrations of students from low-income families could face steep spending cuts in the next academic year, according to a review of initial budget allocations for the school >
New Bill Would Subject Charters to Same Transparency Rules as D.C. Public Schools
Mar 14, 5:31 AM: On Wednesday morning, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen led a press conference for a bill he will introduce next week, the Public School Transparency Amendment Act of 2019. This bill would bring D.C. charter schools under >
Public Charter School in Southeast DC Fights to Stay Open
Mar 13, 7:18 AM: Two years ago, every member of the graduating class of a public charter school in Southeast D.C. was accepted into college, but this year the school is fighting to save its charter.National Collegiate Prep is being forced >
D.C.’s only unionized charter school filed another federal labor complaint — this time as its campus is shutting down
Mar 7, 7:28 AM: Teachers at the District’s only unionized charter filed a federal labor complaint against their bosses Wednesday, six weeks after the charter network announced it would close its middle school campus.
D.C. Council unanimously backs Lewis D. Ferebee as schools chancellor
Mar 6, 8:20 AM: Lewis D. Ferebee was confirmed Tuesday as chancellor of the District’s public schools, receiving a vote of support from each of the 13 D.C. Council members.
'Never give up': Miss America, Miss DC 2019 encouraging DC charter school students (CER in the news)
Feb 27, 8:38 AM: Franklin and Miss DC 2019 Allison Farris spoke in front of a group of DC charter school students and teachers as a part of the “Why America?” event put on by the Center for Education Reform.
Here’s what’s coming — and when — at D.C.’s new ‘global school’
Feb 22, 8:00 AM: The bell at D.C.’s newest school will be ringing this fall. Whittle School & Studios at 4000 Connecticut Ave. NW will open its doors for classes Sept. 5, after taking over the former Intelsat S.A. headquarters last year >
Opinion: Rethinking education reform in D.C.
Feb 21, 8:22 AM: If policymakers pay close attention to what teachers, parents and students are saying, the District may stumble into insights to fix teacher turnover and tackle school instability. At public hearings, demoralized parents >
DC files suit against 4 parents, city employee for defrauding schools
Feb 15, 8:44 AM: Four Maryland parents and a D.C. employee are in hot water with the city, facing fraud charges for allegedly enrolling their children in District schools.
D.C. Council members consider nomination of schools chancellor
Feb 13, 7:39 AM: D.C. Council members gave Lewis D. Ferebee on Tuesday a window into the political minefield that could await him if he is confirmed as the next chancellor of the District’s public school system.
Debate Over Charter School Transparency Rooted In D.C.’s Struggle For Local Governance
Feb 13, 6:21 AM: For years, D.C. officials and members of the public have struggled with transparency issues within the ballooning charter school system.
D.C. residents call for a new chancellor to build trust and stability in schools
Feb 7, 8:10 AM: One by one, more than a dozen residents told D.C. Council members Wednesday evening they hope Lewis D. Ferebee — the mayor’s nominee to lead the city’s public schools — will succeed in ways his predecessors couldn’t. >
Should D.C. charter schools follow the same rules as traditional campuses?
Feb 5, 7:07 AM: A proposal to force charter schools to post more information to their websites has exposed a long-simmering debate in the District: Should traditional public schools and charter schools have to follow the same rules? >
Is Lewis D. Ferebee the leader to close D.C.’s achievement gap? His time in the Midwest may provide clues.
Jan 25, 7:42 AM: Ferebee built a national reputation for collaborating with charter schools and disrupting the status quo as he overhauled Indianapolis’s approach to public education. In addition to exploding the old model of elementary >



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