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Deputy mayor resigns after allowing chancellor to bypass school lottery
Feb 19, 8:00 AM: The top education aide to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) resigned Friday after helping the public schools chancellor bypass the city’s notoriously competitive lottery system and secure a coveted slot for his teenage >
Private school with global ambition to open in D.C. and China in 2019
Feb 8, 7:51 AM: An education company backed by U.S. and Chinese investors is launching a global private school for students ages 3 to 18, with the first two campuses scheduled to open next year in Washington and the Chinese coastal city >
D.C. charter school enrollment has slight bump, while public schools show slight drop
Feb 8, 6:19 AM: Enrollment in the District’s traditional public schools declined slightly this academic year, breaking six years of consecutive growth, according to figures released this week by the Office of the State Superintendent of >
Investigation finds D.C. schools fostered a culture of passing students
Jan 31, 8:21 AM: A damning city report released Monday portrayed a systemic culture of passing students in D.C. Public Schools, revealing that teachers felt pressured to award diplomas even if teens failed to meet graduation requirements. >
D.C. schools increasingly graduating chronically absent students, report finds
Jan 17, 6:55 AM: More than 1 of every 10 students receiving a diploma from a D.C. public high school last year missed most of the academic year, according to an investigation released Tuesday that casts a shadow on a district that has >
City charter board votes to shut down D.C.’s only all-girls public school
Jan 15, 6:52 AM: More than 700 students could be scrambling to find a new school for the next academic year after a D.C. board voted unanimously to revoke the charter of the city’s only all-girls public school.
Study suggests gentrification has boosted integration in D.C. schools
Dec 19, 8:12 AM: Racial segregation declined over a 15-year period in D.C. schools in the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, with traditional public schools seeing more of a change than charter schools, according to a report released >
D.C. State Board of Education may call for another investigation of graduation standards
Dec 18, 7:07 AM: The D.C. State Board of Education may call for an independent investigation of public and charter schools amid allegations that Ballou High School in Southeast Washington improperly graduated students who were chronically >
Does D.C. Charter Schools' Autonomy Come at the Cost of Public Accountability? (CER in the news)
Nov 30, 8:07 AM: Locally, though, D.C. charters remain controversial. Some residents say the schools operate too much like a black box, and demand greater oversight over the sector—which receives nearly $800 million of taxpayer money per >
Private school enrollment contributes to school segregation, study finds
Nov 27, 5:56 AM: It’s no secret that the District’s public schools are highly segregated, with a recent analysis showing that nearly three-quarters of black students attend schools where they have virtually no white peers. >
Graduation rates for D.C. Public Schools rise to record highs, again
Nov 8, 7:19 AM: About 73 percent of D.C. Public Schools students graduated on time this year, another record high for a school system that struggled not long ago to graduate half of its students.
Big Progress, Small Gains: A Decade of Mayoral Control Over D.C. Schools
Oct 12, 7:13 AM: It's been 10 years since the D.C. Council voted to put the mayor's office in charge of the school system, stripping the elected school board of authority and handing power to a chancellor chosen by the mayor and confirmed >
A $2.6 million initiative aims to close achievement gap in D.C. schools
Oct 10, 6:05 AM: D.C. schools with a significant share of struggling students are receiving an infusion of money, part of a campaign to bridge achievement gaps in the District.
Federal judge rules against D.C. charter schools that accused city of underfunding
Oct 5, 5:06 AM: A federal judge has ruled against an association of Washington, D.C., charter schools that for three years pressed a lawsuit alleging the city government was unlawfully providing more money to traditional public schools >
D.C. says charter school board violated city law in vote on expanding charters
Oct 3, 5:35 AM: The powerful board that oversees charter schools in Washington acted improperly when it voted in June to allow a charter network to expand, the D.C. Office of Open Government has ruled.
Former charter school leaders settle lawsuit that alleged self-dealing scheme
Sep 25, 5:14 AM: The former leaders of a public charter school for disabled and at-risk teenagers have agreed to settle a District lawsuit alleging they sought to enrich themselves by diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money meant >
Truancy Rates In D.C. Public And Charter Schools Increased Last Year, Annual Reports Show
Sep 21, 6:30 AM: The number of students in the district who missed more than 10 days of school increased in both public and charter schools last year, according to annual reports released this month. 26 percent of DCPS students were >
D.C. public school teachers approve new contract
Sep 11, 6:14 AM: D.C. public school teachers have overwhelmingly approved a new contract, ending a labor impasse that had lasted for five years.
Despite test gains, fewer than a third of D.C. students rated “college and career ready”
Aug 18, 5:06 AM: Fewer than a third of public school students in the District are considered “college and career ready” in math and English language arts, according to test scores released Thursday that showed gains in both subjects, >
Teacher contract proposed in D.C. for the first time in five years
Aug 15, 6:22 AM: If ratified by union members and approved by the D.C. Council, the tentative agreement would cement the school system’s reputation for offering some of the nation’s highest average teacher salaries. >



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