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by Martin Austermuhle
August 8, 2016

For many students in the region, there’s still a few weeks of the summer break left. In Prince George's County, schools don't open until Aug. 23. In Montgomery County, it's Aug. 29. And in Virginia, by law, it isn't until after Labor Day.
But for 11 public schools in the District, students are going back to school Monday, Aug. 8.


by The Kojo Nnamdi Show
August 8, 2016


by Catherine Gerwertz
August 3, 2016

Getting low-income students into and through college isn't enough to position them well for success in the workplace. They need programs that give them strong mentors and real-world work experience, and help them build their science, math, and technology skills, according to a new report.


by Liana Heitin
August 3, 2016

It's well-known there's a gender gap within science, technology, engineering, and math majors and careers, and a new study traces the moment many women give up on STEM to a single college class: calculus.

Read more here:blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/08/whats_keeping_women_out_of_stem_calculus_confidence.html


by Jacob Fenston
August 3, 2016

New parents in the Washington region may have very different experiences, depending on whether they live in D.C., Maryland or Virginia: A new national report highly ranks the District for laws supporting people with very young children, but the two states lag far behind.

Unlike almost every nation in the world, the United States doesn’t require any sort of paid parental leave. But some states are going beyond the federal standards, with policies such as expanded unpaid parental leave, or paid sick leave.

by Perry Stein
July 28, 2016
A Maryland couple who fraudulently enrolled three children in top DC public schools for a decade must pay the city more than $500,000 in fines, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday.
The parents, both DC police officers, lived at various locations in Maryland and Virginia while their children attended DC schools between 2003 and 2013, according to the attorney general’s office.

by Perry Stein
July 27, 2016

The cost of living in any big city — let alone Washington, D.C. — has jumped so high that many teachers and other local government workers can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve.


 by Ally Schweitzer
July 26, 2016

The creative industry is a significant player in D.C.’s economy, making up 5 percent of businesses in D.C., according to a study by Americans for the Arts. That’s higher than the national average. But over the last two years, city officials and leaders in the local arts community have been laying the foundation for a long-term plan to further stimulate arts and culture.

Read more here: wamu.org/news/16/07/25/dc_cultural_plan


 by John B. King Jr.
July 26, 2016

The return on investment in American education to individuals and to society at large has been growing in both relative and absolute terms since 1980.

It is well known that, statistically, people who are well-educated earn substantially more, pay more in taxes, are less likely to be unemployed, live longer, are healthier, and are more likely to vote.


by Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Across the country, parents who want greater opportunities for their children are stepping up to become civic leaders, and the field of parent leadership development is growing along with them. New initiatives are cropping up through-out the United States to ensure that families can acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates.

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