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12/15/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 15, 2015
 
Donald Hense, founder and chief executive of Friendship Public Charter Schools, plans to retire this summer after nearly two decades building one of the largest charter network in the District.
 
The longtime educator said he plans to step down at the end of June, days before his 74th birthday, but he will stay on as chairman of the board of directors. He plans to remain a regular presence in the schools as a reading partner for young students.
12/14/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 14, 2015
 
The DC Public Charter School Board is expected Monday night to begin the process of revoking the charter for Potomac Preparatory Charter School.
 
The school in Northeast Washington, which used to be called Potomac Lighthouse, nearly lost its charter last year during a 10-year review because of poor performance.
12/14/2015
by Natalie Wexler
December 14, 2015
 
In recent years schools in the District have expanded opportunities for students to learn computer coding, an occupation where demand is outpacing supply. But they could do much more to engage low-income students in a potentially lucrative career path that doesn't necessarily require a college degree.
 
There's been a lot of talk lately about the importance of teaching computer science in K-12 schools.
12/12/2015
by Robert McCartney
December 12, 2015
 
Bureaucratic obstacles and other dysfunction at the District’s workforce agencies have blocked the spending of tens of millions of dollars in recent years to provide job training that could have helped thousands of the unemployed find work, according to officials and city contractors.
 
The failure to spend city and federal funds available for jobs programs occurred as city leaders lamented that high unemployment in poor neighborhoods was fueling crime.
12/10/2015
by Jackie Zubrzycki
December 10, 2015
 
Advocates for afterschool, summer learning and expanded school day programs are breathing a sigh of relief: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would be the first reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 14 years, maintains funding for such programs, despite several early drafts that would have cut support. 
 
The ESSA passed the U.S.
12/10/2015
by Christina Samuels
December 10, 2015
 
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is officially part of the past, and the Every Student Succeeds Act is the law of the land. 
 
So what does the new law mean for students with disabilities? 
 
Though NCLB is gone, to be replaced with far-more state-led accountability, there are some "guardrails," as Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington and an architect of the law, has said.
 
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12/10/2015
by Stephen Sawchuk
December 10, 2015
 
Certain states will see a Christmas bonus-sized increase in their cut of federal teacher-quality funds, while others will have to start looking for spare change under the couch cushions, thanks to a major change in how the cash is doled out.
 
The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law today by President Obama, makes a raft of changes to school accountability, interventions, and the U.S. Secretary of Education's authority.
12/09/2015
by Alyson Klein
December 9, 2015
 
Hear that collective whoop from the Capitol? That's the sound of education advocates and lawmakers cheering at the finish line as the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in more than a dozen years sails through Congress and on to the White House. 
 
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12/08/2015
by Stephen Sawchuk
December 8, 2015
 
One little-noticed provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, seems to be raising some consternation in the teacher-prep field: a proposal to allow states to use federal teacher-quality funds to sponsor a new kind of teacher-preparation program.
 
ESSA is poised to replace the No Child Left Behind Act.
12/07/2015
by Justin Reich
December 7, 2015
 
Today's guest post comes from two colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School, Todd Rogers and Kim Bohling, who have been using text messages as a tool to rally social support structures for students. In this post, they share some of their practical tips for educators. 
 
Recently, we've noticed a growing interest in using text messaging as a means for improving and expanding parent outreach in schools.
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