DC School Reform Now is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready.

12/12/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 12, 2014  

DC students who signed up for the Hour of Code this week had some highly skilled people to help them as they typed through the online coding tutorial from a conference room at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center on K Street.

12/10/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 10, 2014  

Scores of education advocates crowded into a conference room at Judiciary Square on Wednesday to help Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser shape her to-do list for improving public education in the District.

Career training, adult literacy programs, school modernizations and improved discipline policies were among the priorities that parents, school leaders and community activists shared during the four-hour forum hosted by Bowser’s education transition committee.

12/09/2014

by Natalie Wexler  
December 9, 2014

Does the DC Council need an education committee? That question has come up for debate as the committee's chair, former mayoral candidate David Catania, prepares to step off the council.

12/07/2014

by Clinton Yates
December 7, 2014  

Now that Marion Barry has been laid to rest, we can finally admit what we all knew was coming: The run for his Ward 8 DC Council seat is probably going to be a wild and unpredictable ride. Residents and local activists said they expect as many as a dozen people to run for Barry’s old seat when the city holds a special election April 28.

And whoever is elected will still have Barry’s legacy to contend with.

12/05/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 5, 2014  

12/05/2014

by Arianna Prothero
December 5, 2014

Fielding phone calls from parents asking about enrollment is part of everyday business for schools, but for some charter schools, the person on the other end of the line may only be posing as a parent.

12/04/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 4, 2014  

Eleven days after Marion Barry died, the life and legacy of the four-term mayor were the subject of a history lesson at Anacostia High School.

Students watched a news clip about him Thursday, answered questions and reflected on why he “was respected and loved by Washingtonians . . . especially those in Ward 8.”

12/04/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 4, 2014  

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Parkside celebrated its “Tier 1” status this week during an assembly with a drum line, a panel discussion that touched on teen motivation, and rows of cheering students.

It’s the first time that the school has achieved the high-performing designation by the DC Public Charter School Board.

12/02/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 2, 2014  

As Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) prepares to take office next month, there are many questions about what changes the transition will bring to the city’s efforts to reform public schools.

One of the biggest unknowns is what will happen to the DC Council’s two-year-old Education Committee that has been chaired by council member David A. Catania (I - At large).

12/02/2014

by Sarah Anne Hughes
December 2, 2014 

A recent column written by Jay Matthews and published by the Washington Post put forth a question with heavy implications from a retired DC public school teacher: Are charter lotteries really random?

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