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11/10/2013

The Download: DC Upstart Edbacker Aims to Bring Crowdfunding to the Classroom
by Steven Overly
November 10, 2013

Crowdfunding, meet the classroom.

District-based upstart Edbacker aims to bring the burgeoning practice of crowdfunding to K-12 education by allowing teachers and school administrators to raise money for equipment, field trips and school projects via the Web.

11/08/2013

Amid Testing Gains, DC Students Exhibit Achievement Gaps
by Emma Brown
November 8, 2013

Students in the District’s public schools made significant gains in math and reading achievement during the past two years, including progress among black, white, Hispanic and low income students, according to national exam results released this week.

11/08/2013

DC Public Charter School Board Releases Charter Rankings
by Emma Brown
November 8, 2013

About one-third of the DC charter schools subject to annual performance rankings are high-performing “Tier 1” schools, according to data the DC Public Charter School Board released Friday.

More than half of the schools—54 percent—are in mid performing Tier 2. And eight schools, or 12 percent of the city’s ranked charters, are low performing and in Tier 3. Sixty eight schools were ranked.

11/07/2013

U.S. Math, Reading Achievement Edges Up, But Gaps Remain
by Catherine Gewertz
November 7, 2013 

The reading and mathematics achievement of the country’s 8th grade students improved in the last two years, but the performance of 4th graders remains stubbornly mixed, with progress in math, but not in reading, according to national test data released Thursday.

11/07/2013
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11/07/2013

U.S. Students Show Incremental Progress On National Test
by Lyndsey Layton
November 7, 2013

The nation’s fourth and eighth graders made incremental progress on math and reading tests administered earlier this year by the federal government, according to data released Thursday.

11/06/2013

Options Charter in Distress After Allegations of Financial Scheme, Court Records Show
by Emma Brown
November 6, 2013 

Options Public Charter School is facing a budget shortfall of $1.6 million and critical gaps in leadership following allegations that the school’s former managers diverted millions of dollars to companies they owned, according to a newly unsealed court document.

11/05/2013

Parents Can Inform Meaningful School Change
by Karran Royal
November 5, 2013

For years, as a resident of New Orleans, I was a super-involved parent, engaged in everything from the proverbial bake sale to serving on the school improvement committee. I served on the local PTA and on district and state textbook committees, assisted in the interviewing of teachers and principals, and was a vocal critic at school board meetings. Yet none of these activities could have prepared me for the ways in which I need to be involved today.

11/05/2013

DC Council Tentatively Approves Bill Intended to End Social Promotion
by Emma Brown
November 5, 2013 

The DC Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a bill intended to end social promotion in the District’s public schools.

The measure, which Education Committee Chairman David Catania (I-At Large) proposed, would repeal a rule that requires most District elementary and middle school students to be passed from one grade to the next regardless of achievement or performance.

11/05/2013

Schools Still See Surges in Homeless Students
by Sarah Sparks
November 5, 2013

In the year after Hurricane Katrina buffeted the Gulf Coast, Denise Riemer and Larissa Dickinson, both homeless education liaisons for their school district, saw more than 2,000 homeless students and their families in the public schools in Mobile, Ala.

This year, in the wake of an ongoing and far broader economic storm, the two women have seen 5,302 homeless students in the 59,000 student district.

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