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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.

11/04/2013

DC Education Agency Pays Chicago Firm Nearly $90,000 for One Day of Work
by Emma Brown
November 4, 2011

A DC government agency paid a Chicago consulting firm $89,995 for one day of work at a recent city education conference, a fee that included a half hour keynote speech, three 45-minute parent workshops and hundreds of copies of parenting books.

10/31/2013

Five Stereotypes About Poor Families and Education
by Valerie Strauss
October 28, 2013

10/30/2013

Why We Opted Out of Public School (For Now)
by Lisa Runge
October 30, 2013 

I'm an all-around believer in the public school system. Yet this fall I opted to send my son to a private school in Maryland. We failed at the charter school lottery, and our neighborhood school isn't a good fit. And ultimately, my decision was made easier by the fact that next year, we can think it all over again.

10/29/2013

Duncan Praises DC Preschool for All Policy During Visit to Brightwood Education Campus
by Emma Brown
October 29, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid a visit Monday to the District’s Brightwood Education Campus, where he observed a classroom of 4 year olds who took turns gleefully banging on a drum for each syllable in their names.

10/29/2013

How to Measure School Quality
by Jack Schneider & Anil Nathan
October 29, 2013

How do you measure school quality?

A seasoned educator can get a feel for a school in a day, though it might take a year to determine its particular strengths and weaknesses. Yet parents do not have that luxury; they cannot spend long stretches of time visiting all of the schools they might send their children to. And even if they did, many might not be sure what to look for.

10/28/2013

DC Kicks Off School Boundary Overhaul 
by Emma Brown
October 28, 2013

DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration kicked off an effort Monday to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades, a politically charged and long delayed process that could limit access to some of the city’s most sought after schools.

10/25/2013

Inspired Teaching, Lee Montessori to lease Shaed Elementary in Northeast Washington
by Emma Brown
October 25, 2013

Two public charter schools will lease Shaed Elementary, a Northeast DC school building that has been vacant for the past two years, Mayor Vincent Gray announced Friday.

10/24/2013

Some Charters Opt Out of Unified Enrollment Lottery
by Natalie Wexler
October 24, 2013

All DCPS schools and most charter schools have agreed to a common enrollment lottery that will take effect for school year 2014-15. The new process will cut down on duplicate applications and student reshuffling at the beginning of the year. Why, then, have some charters opted not to participate?

10/24/2013

Most States Surpass Global Average in Math, Science
by Catherine Gewertz
October 24, 2013

A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 36 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 47 did so in science.

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