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by The Center for Education Reform
December 17, 2015
Somebody owes John Boehner an apology. The former House Speaker was routinely attacked as a faux conservative who sold out the conservative agenda. Well, Mr. Boehner is gone and the agenda-setting has been left to Members and their committees. One embarrassing result is that the end-of-year omnibus spending bill puts a big question mark over a rare conservative education victory: the D.C.

by David Pickens
December 18, 2015

by Arianna Prothero
December 17, 2015
For an education movement that’s grown exponentially over the past two decades and scored legislative and legal victories in more than 40 states, the Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling in September that charter schools are unconstitutional came as a major blow.
Since then, national advocates have been weighing what impact that decision could have on charter schools in other states.
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 16, 2015
DC’s deputy mayor for education on Wednesday announced the members of a forthcoming task force that will be charged with developing policy recommendations to improve coordination between the District’s charter and traditional schools.
The group will be co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and former mayor Anthony Williams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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