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06/16/2017

By Alejandra Matos

June 12, 2017

With the school year over, countless students will binge on movies, television and video games during their summer break. Many will also have open access to cellphones that would be off-limits if they were in class.

One educator in the nation’s capital wants to lessen the tech deluge.

06/16/2017

By Joe Heim

June 11, 2017

On a recent school day Jabari Sellars set about teaching the meaning of “bildungsroman” to his freshman English class at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. But it was early in the morning and late in the school year and attention was short for the long German word.

06/16/2017

By Nina Rees

June 8, 2017

This year's National Charter Schools Conference comes at a pivotal time for the public charter school movement. The Trump administration's policies have put us in a difficult spot. 

Read more: https://www.the74million.org/article/rees-the-charter-school-movement-meets-in-washington-dc-at-a-pivotal-moment

06/16/2017

By Timothy Daly

May 22, 2017

The New York Times recently ran an article on New York City’s high school enrollment system. Reporters concluded that, after 14 years of increased choice, students of color are still concentrated in segregated, lower performing schools, while seats in higher performing schools go disproportionately to white and Asian students. That’s how the system looked before the choice initiative launched. So basically, opening up new options has not done much to change enrollment patterns.

06/16/2017

 By Stephanie Ramirez 

June 14, 2017 

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Defying the odds, Ballou High School held its gradation on Tuesday and each of the 170 students to cross the stage received a college acceptance letter.

Read more: http://www.wusa9.com/…/entire-class-accepted-into…/448699967

06/16/2017

 By Madeline Karp 

June 7, 2017 

Washington, DC – DCSRN recently completed the 2016-2017 High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC), assisting more families than ever in the organization’s history to complete applications and enrollment to quality public schools.

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

06/16/2017

 By Joe Heim 

June 1, 2017

Milagros de Souza, 17, is the valedictorian of her senior class at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington. A straight-A student, she will attend Duke University in the fall.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2sdkXgU

06/05/2017

By Alan Richard 

June 2, 2017

Each morning at Van Ness Elementary School, the staff takes turns welcoming children just inside the front doors. “Do you want a greeting?” asks Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, the head of the public school in Southeast Washington. Children point to images and buttons on her apron to choose a hug, handshake or a smile. “A high-five?” she asks one child, who leaps to slap her outstretched hand.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2ru2snv

06/05/2017

 By Kate McGee

June 5, 2017 

Hundreds of public school girls of color gathered at Howard University over the weekend for the first-ever REIGN Conference. The initiative, REIGN: Empower Young Women as Leaders, was started by D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) this year as a way to provide safe spaces for girls of color to express themselves. It was launched in the wake of criticism that the city’s public school system wasn’t giving girls the same level of support as boys of color.

06/01/2017

 May 31, 2017

Mid-year teacher turnover has caused major disruption at some D.C. public schools. At one school in particular, Ballou High School, more than a quarter of school faculty resigned before the academic year started in August. In response, teachers, students and parents are concerned about the decrease in quality instruction and its potential impact on student achievement. Why are the teachers resigning, what are students learning and how can principals retain teachers until the school year ends?

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