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By Martin Austermuhle
January 30, 2017

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed a new policy Monday that will allow charter schools to give preference in admissions to elementary school-aged children living within a half-mile of the school, and whose in-boundary public school is more than a half-mile away.

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By Nick Anderson
January 26, 2017

Girls as young as 6 years old are less likely than boys to label people of their own gender as “really, really smart,” according to new research that raises questions about how stereotypical notions of male and female mental abilities shape the paths students take in life.

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By Emma Brown
January 26, 2017

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, has promised that she would enforce federal laws meant to protect students with disabilities, a move meant to reassure senators, advocates and parents who were unsettled by positions she seemed to stake out at her recent confirmation hearing.

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By Alejandra Matos
January 24, 2017

Anita Berger is D.C. Public Schools’s principal of the year, earning the honors for her work to boost graduation rates and academic achievement at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Chancellor Antwan Wilson praised Berger for her leadership in helping to raise the school’s math and reading test scores by more than 20 percent in one year and graduating 100 percent of its students.

Read more about Anita Berger at: http://wapo.st/2kB1Ucp


By Alejandra Matos
January 12, 2017

Principals from the District’s traditional public schools and public charter schools will spend the next 11 months learning how to better manage their schools — working together — as part of a program aimed at improving school leadership across the city.

Beginning this month, 10 D.C. Public Schools principals and 10 charter school principals will immerse themselves in a graduate training program that will teach them how to navigate the complexities of running an urban school.


January 9, 2017

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education. 

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

Read more: http://wbur.fm/2kxx2dj


By Cory Turner
January 9, 2017

He didn’t have long. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was confirmed by the Senate in March 2016 after President Obama’s long-serving secretary, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015. 


By Alejandra Matos
January 8, 2016


By Perr Stein
January 6, 2017

D.C. leaders say they will open a middle school in the city’s Takoma neighborhood in 2019 to feed into the under-enrolled Coolidge High School — the latest push in the city’s effort to keep families in D.C. Public Schools beyond the elementary grades. 


By Claudio Sanchez 
December 27, 2016 

One of the most controversial questions in education has been whether preschool — and specifically Head Start — helps kids succeed as they move through elementary school.

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