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By Laura Waters

June 13, 2016

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher, Farida Mallah, patiently combs through a plastic drawer for a clean tee-shirt, which he dons happily. It’s his favorite one, navy blue with the word “grit” stenciled in front, usually awarded as a prize.

 Jared’s got something special, and it’s not just a new tee-shirt.


By Alejandra Matos

June 12, 2017

With the school year over, countless students will binge on movies, television and video games during their summer break. Many will also have open access to cellphones that would be off-limits if they were in class.

One educator in the nation’s capital wants to lessen the tech deluge.


By Joe Heim

June 11, 2017

On a recent school day Jabari Sellars set about teaching the meaning of “bildungsroman” to his freshman English class at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. But it was early in the morning and late in the school year and attention was short for the long German word.


By Nina Rees

June 8, 2017

This year's National Charter Schools Conference comes at a pivotal time for the public charter school movement. The Trump administration's policies have put us in a difficult spot. 

Read more: https://www.the74million.org/article/rees-the-charter-school-movement-meets-in-washington-dc-at-a-pivotal-moment


By Timothy Daly

May 22, 2017

The New York Times recently ran an article on New York City’s high school enrollment system. Reporters concluded that, after 14 years of increased choice, students of color are still concentrated in segregated, lower performing schools, while seats in higher performing schools go disproportionately to white and Asian students. That’s how the system looked before the choice initiative launched. So basically, opening up new options has not done much to change enrollment patterns.


 By Stephanie Ramirez 

June 14, 2017 

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Defying the odds, Ballou High School held its gradation on Tuesday and each of the 170 students to cross the stage received a college acceptance letter.

Read more: http://www.wusa9.com/…/entire-class-accepted-into…/448699967


 By Madeline Karp 

June 7, 2017 

Washington, DC – DCSRN recently completed the 2016-2017 High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC), assisting more families than ever in the organization’s history to complete applications and enrollment to quality public schools.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2sUbdVx


 By Joe Heim 

June 1, 2017

Milagros de Souza, 17, is the valedictorian of her senior class at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington. A straight-A student, she will attend Duke University in the fall.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2sdkXgU


By Alan Richard 

June 2, 2017

Each morning at Van Ness Elementary School, the staff takes turns welcoming children just inside the front doors. “Do you want a greeting?” asks Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, the head of the public school in Southeast Washington. Children point to images and buttons on her apron to choose a hug, handshake or a smile. “A high-five?” she asks one child, who leaps to slap her outstretched hand.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2ru2snv

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