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05/02/2016

by Robin Lake
May 2, 2016

Authorizers have an essential role to play in ensuring that charter schools follow all special education laws and produce great results for children with disabilities. For that reason, I found some of the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s recent survey results on charter school special education oversight pretty depressing and even alarming.

04/30/2016

by Peter Hermann, Hamil R. Harris and Emma Brown
April 30, 2016

From the time he was in grade school, Maurice Bellamy struggled to stay focused and control his temper. But within the structure of specialized private schools in Maryland, the young man seemed to show promise.

04/29/2016

by Perry Stein
April 29, 2016

House Republicans passed legislation Friday that would extend to 2021 the DC schools voucher program—the only federally funded, private school voucher program for K-12 students.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/04/29/gop-house-passes-d-c-private-schools-voucher-program-again/

04/28/2016

by Rachel Sadon
April 28, 2016

Although DC Public Schools has seen an uptick in its population over the past fives years, following years of a steady decline, the city's charter school population is still growing at a faster clip—and quickly catching up to DCPS.

04/27/2016

by Perry Stein
April 27, 2016

DC Public Schools are handing out bottled water to students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Southeast after the building’s water sources spewed out a brownish-colored water.

The water is now clear, but students will still drink the bottled water until tests come back showing there are no problems, according to Michelle Lerner, a spokeswoman for the school system.

04/26/2016

by Andrew Giambrone
April 26, 2016

From 2011 to 2012, roughly eight percent of the District's children had a parent who had been in jail or prison at some point in that child's life, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Read more: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2016/04/26/report-close-to-10000-d-c-kids-have-a-parent-whos-been-incarcerated/

04/25/2016

by Cory Turner, Kevin McCory, Lisa Worf, Sarah Gonzalez, Kirk Carapezza, Claire McInerny
April 25, 2016

04/22/2016

by Ashley Dejean
April 22, 2016

In response to concerns that funding for DC's at-risk students is being spent inappropriately, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says critics should keep the big picture in mind.

About half the money set aside for at-risk students in public schools went to general purposes like arts, athletics and even custodial supplies, according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. At a DC Council hearing Thursday, Henderson explained that she has a different philosophy about what works best.

04/22/2016

by Andrew Giambrone
April 22, 2016

At-Large DC Councilmember David Grosso has scheduled a hearing in June on the Bowser administration's efforts to ensure water at schools is potable.

At a hearing Thursday, administrators acknowledged that sources of water at three schools had to be shut off due to positive testing for heightened levels of lead this year. Those schools were Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, Miner Elementary and Payne Elementary, located across the District. Grosso says he's worried about the harms the lead could have on student health.

04/22/2016

by Beth Stone
April 22, 2016

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