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 by Perry Stein
July 17, 2016

Antwan Williams, 19, was pulling from his newly established real estate lexicon. A community land trust, he explained, is when a nonprofit organization is formed to manage a piece of property on behalf of the community.
Then, there are “assets” and “stakeholders.” And he quickly learned that he can’t build anything for the city without getting "community input."


by Caitlin Emma and Kimberly Hefling
July 13,2016

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Wednesday he will ensure the department’s decision about whether to approve the sale of the nation’s largest for-profit college to investors with ties to the Obama administration is “free from politics, free from political influence.”
"We’ll make sure a decision is made on the merits, "King said during a POLITICO Playbook Breakfast. "There will be no special treatment of any kind.”


 by Sarah Sparks
July 13, 2016

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me.”
In schools working to reduce suspension rates, teachers could take a cue from Aretha Franklin: Considering how young people view respect can greatly improve classroom management, new studies show.

Read more here:www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/07/13/one-key-to-reducing-school-suspension-a.html


by Emily Leayman
July 12, 2016

Charter school leaders and advocates are worried about the repercussions of a proposed D.C. Council bill aimed at identifying facility funding needs, particularly a provision that would withhold money for not submitting adequate data or allowing government inspections.

Read more here:watchdog.org/270283/d-c-measure-threatens-funding-charter-school-facilities/


by Alyson Klein
July 12, 2016

If parents want their children to be prepared for a diverse workforce, they should help bolster diversity in schools, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., told the National PTA earlier this month.

"Like math and reading, like science, social studies, and the arts, diversity is no longer a luxury; it's essential for helping our students get ready for the world they will encounter after high school and, increasingly, throughout their lives," King said July 1. "


by Claudio Sanchez
July 10, 2016

I step up to the counter at Willy's Cafe at Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and order a latte.

There's a powerful scent of fresh coffee in the air, and a group of juniors and seniors hover over a large espresso machine.


by Michelle L. Gordon Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs
July 8, 2016

A charter school information session is scheduled for July 11 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Base parents are highly encouraged to attend to help shape the future of the JBAB charter school.


by Mark Walsh
July 7, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin was greeted by both supporters and opponents of affirmative action as something they didn’t see coming. And they said the reverberations will be felt from the most selective colleges in the country to neighborhood elementary schools.

by Joe Heim
July 4, 2016
Aylia Black wasn’t prepared for how fast the plane would zoom down the runway during takeoff. Or for how small Washington would look below her as the plane rose into the sky. The 13-year-old rarely traveled outside of the District, and now she was heading to Costa Rica. It was her first flight.
Aylia made the journey last month with 18 other D.C.

by Tara Garcia Mathewson
June 24, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Thursday released joint guidance about how schools should support children in foster care under the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Read more here:www.educationdive.com/news/ed-health-and-human-services-depts-issue-essa-guidance-on-foster-youth/421535/ 

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