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02/17/2016

by Christina Sturdivant
February 17, 2016

DC Public Schools has released its budget priorities for fiscal year 2017 with millions of dollars in new initiatives going toward students who trail behind in walking across the stage.

02/17/2016

by Perry Stein
February 17, 2016

DC schools once again saw a jump in enrollment this academic year, according to final numbers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Enrollment across all schools — DC Public Schools and charter schools — increased 2.3 percent to 87,344 students.

This is the seventh consecutive year that enrollment numbers have increased in the District.

02/16/2016

by James E. Ford
February 16, 2016

My skin starts to crawl whenever I hear the issue of parental involvement raised in discussions about education equity.

Not because I don’t believe it’s relevant or has any bearing on educational outcomes. Rather I feel it’s a coded way of saying something else. Something that pathologizes poor communities and shirks duty of schools to be responsive. Something that is presented as the solution to the most persistent disparities in education.

02/16/2016

by Arianna Prothero
February 16, 2016

Creating a single-enrollment system for district and charter schools is touted by many K-12 policymakers and researchers as a way to streamline and make more equitable the school application process in cities fragmented by school choice. But getting buy-in from parents can be another story-one that's currently playing out on both sides of the country.

02/16/2016

by Evie Blad
February 16, 2016

A group of education organizations is challenging school leaders around the country to spend one day shadowing individual students so they can develop greater empathy for their charges' experiences.

Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/17/for-a-day-school-leaders-urged-to.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1

02/16/2016

by Daarel Burnette II
February 16, 2016

02/16/2016

by Kellye Lynn
February 16, 2016

Building confidence in his students is a priority for School Without Walls teacher James Cunningham. For more than 30 years, he's taught art but doesn't consider himself an art teacher.

"I'm an artist educator because I am an artist and an educator but I'm an artist first," he clarified.

Read more: http://wjla.com/features/spotlight-on-education/art-teacher-named-dcps-teacher-of-the-year

02/16/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
February 16, 2016

Over the past few years, DC public schools have focused on expanding offerings at K-through-12 schools. Its ideas include music and art classes in elementary schools, more electives and excursions in middle schools and expanded AP courses and career academies in high schools.

Now, Chancellor Kaya Henderson says a big focus in the new budget will be on alternative schools.

02/16/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
February 16, 2016

In 2009, DC’s traditional public school system was among the first in the country to link student test scores with teacher evaluations and by extension their job security. Now officials have announced several changes to that evaluation process that begin this fall.

02/14/2016

by Perry Stein
February 14, 2016

The construction site in Southeast Washington barely resembles a school, yet the two parents already can navigate their way through the still-imagined gymnasium, computer lab and nursing station.

“Oh, this is my favorite part of the building,” said Rhondesia Small, 26, pointing to doors at the city’s new branch of the Rocketship charter school. The doors connect classrooms so younger students “have no excuse” for lollygagging in the hallways.

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