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03/24/2017

By Alejandra Matos
March 23, 2017

In a 6-to-3 vote, the D.C. State Board of Education approved the new ratings plan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on Wednesday evening. Parents will now be able to compare all D.C. public schools, traditional and charter, under a newly approved rating system that assigns each school in the district one to five stars based on test scores, attendance and other measures.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2nIvA9r

03/23/2017

By Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner
March 22, 2017

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2nNAkuG

03/22/2017

By Melinda Anderson
March 22, 2017

For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. But according to a new study, there’s one option that may have been overlooked: the ubiquitous school lunch. As detailed in a recent paper, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores.

Read more: http://theatln.tc/2nojHF7

03/17/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
March 17, 2017

DCPS says there are over 1,300 high school students across the city that are at least two years behind their expected graduation date. To address that group, last year DCPS invested $4 million to hire Pathways Coordinators in all of the city’s high schools, who will help struggling students graduate on time.

Read more about the initiative: http://bit.ly/2nDTRxJ

03/16/2017

By Emma Brown and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
March 16, 2017

The Trump administration is seeking to cut $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, a dramatic downsizing that would reduce or eliminate grants for teacher training, after-school programs and aid to ­low-income and first-generation college students.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2nJhJfd

03/09/2017

By Christina Sturdivant
March 9, 2017

A month into the job, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson is making his rounds across the city to get public input as he makes plans for the next several years.

The first of eight community meetings took place last night in Ward 7, as residents expressed concerns about motivating students who attend schools in some of the city’s most impoverished communities.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2m4VHCI

03/09/2017

By Alejandra Matos
March 9, 2017

Schoolteacher Ashley Cobb spends her evenings in what might be called “receive mode.” The eighth-grade math teacher receives dozens of texts and phone calls a day — at all hours — from students with questions about homework.

03/08/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
March 8, 2017

D.C. officials this week unveiled new details about Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal for a walkability preference for charter schools, which would allow some students preferential access to a charter school that’s closer to their home than their neighborhood public school.

Read more about Mayor Bowser’s proposal for a walkability preference for charter schools at: http://bit.ly/2lZlZpT

03/07/2017

By Sam Ford
March 7, 2017

The entire senior class at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington has applied for college for the first time. Several seniors at the school have already received acceptance letters.

"We have 189 seniors and this time 100 percent of them have applied to schools and we're just waiting for acceptance letters to roll in," says Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2nbboJu

03/01/2017

By Claudio Sanchez
March 1, 2017

We’re all familiar with the term “hidden in plain sight.” Well, there may be no better way to describe the nation’s 6,900 charter schools. These publicly-funded, privately-run schools have been around since the first one opened in St. Paul, Minn., in 1992.

Here, the author sits down with three charter experts to gain greater insight into how these institutions operate.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2lXpsac

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