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School's entire senior class to attend college
Apr 14, 7:00 AM: There are signing days for athletics, but not normally for academics. But a Washington, D.C. charter school decided to highlight the educational accomplishments of its seniors as they signed their “letters of intent” for >
Nonprofit wants 25 new or revamped D.C. city or charter schools in five years
Apr 4, 5:25 AM: There are 233 public schools in the District with 90,000 students, counting city and charter schools. But Mieka Wick, chief executive of CityBridge Education, said last week that there are not enough schools with >
Effort To Unionize Teachers At D.C. Charter School Called Off After Divisive Campaign
Mar 31, 6:49 AM: An effort to create the first teachers’ union in the city’s large charter sector stalled this week with the last-minute cancellation of a planned vote to unionize teachers at Paul Public Charter School in Northwest D.C. >
Is your school worth one star or five? D.C. officials approve new rating system
Mar 23, 5:23 AM: Parents will be able to compare all D.C. public schools, regular and charter, under a newly approved rating system that assigns each school in the nation’s capital one to five stars based on test scores, attendance and >
In first test of vouchers under DeVos, D.C. bill advances in House committee
Mar 13, 7:00 AM: A House committee advanced a bill Friday to renew D.C.’s federally funded vouchers program — the only one like it in the country — raising larger questions about whether the federal government should promote the use of tax >
House Republicans’ school voucher bill exposes rift between D.C. mayor, council
Mar 8, 8:10 AM: A majority of the D.C. Council is urging House Republicans to phase out the federal school voucher program, splitting with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser over the system that lets low-income families in the city use federal >
An Education PAC Is Phone-Banking D.C. Residents to Promote Controversial Policy
Mar 2, 7:50 AM: Aided by such safe assumptions, the New York-based PAC recently injected itself into a complicated school debate when it employed phone banking that connected D.C. residents with their respective school board members. >
Will Trump expand D.C.’s school voucher program? Yes, says the organization that runs it.
Feb 27, 7:10 AM: President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have promised to expand alternatives to public schools, including vouchers that allow children to attend private and religious schools with the aid of taxpayer dollars. >
D.C. Charter Teachers Seek to Unionize (CER in the news)
Feb 23, 7:56 AM: If the Paul Public Charter School teachers succeed, they’d be the first unionized charter employees in the nation’s capital.
Teachers at a D.C. charter school seeking to unionize
Feb 23, 7:02 AM: Teachers at a Washington charter school are pushing to unionize, citing the need to provide more resources for students, improve the school’s culture and reduce churn in the teaching force.
New scrutiny on suspension rates in some well-known D.C. charter schools
Feb 20, 7:24 AM: As D.C. officials consider how to keep as many of the city’s students in class as possible, the broadly worded discipline policies of two public charter school networks are coming under scrutiny.
Feds cite D.C. charters for high suspension rates, particularly for black students
Feb 14, 8:19 AM: A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says suspension and expulsion rates for charters in the capital city are double the national rate and disproportionately high for black students and those with >
Many KIPP charter school alumni face financial hurdles in college, survey shows
Feb 1, 7:59 AM: The KIPP public charter school network prides itself on its mission of putting disadvantaged students on the path to a college degree.
Bowser proposes ‘walkability preference’ to make charter school choice easier in D.C.
Jan 31, 5:59 AM: D.C. Public Schools students next year will be allowed to gain preferential admission to high-performing charter schools in their neighborhoods, thanks to a change in the city’s school lottery system.
New rules aim to fix problem of thousands of student transfers during school year
Jan 24, 7:52 AM: More than 10,000 students transfer in and out of District schools in the middle of each school year, according to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, creating disruptions that experts say are linked to >
District’s charter and traditional school principals to work together to solve problems
Jan 13, 7:20 AM: Beginning this month, 10 D.C. Public Schools principals and 10 charter school principals will immerse themselves in a graduate training program that will teach them how to navigate the complexities of running an urban >
Antwan Wilson confirmed as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools
Dec 21, 7:21 AM: The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Antwan Wilson as the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.
D.C. families explore school options to prepare for common lottery
Dec 13, 6:32 AM: In preparation for Washington, D.C.’s school applications kicking off Monday, thousands of parents and children began their search Saturday, Dec. 10, at a fair of 195 schools.
Groups want D.C. Public Schools chancellor pick to equalize achievement
Dec 9, 7:26 AM: Parents, teachers, union leaders and education activists greeted Mayor Muriel Bowser’s nominee for D.C. Public Schools chancellor at a public legislative hearing on Thursday with a single directive: Close the achievement >
Advocates confident about D.C. vouchers under Trump administration
Dec 2, 8:03 AM: Advocates are hopeful that President-elect Donald Trump’s education platform of expanding school choice could lead to more than a renewal of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.



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