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07/12/2016

by Alyson Klein
July 12, 2016

If parents want their children to be prepared for a diverse workforce, they should help bolster diversity in schools, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., told the National PTA earlier this month.


"Like math and reading, like science, social studies, and the arts, diversity is no longer a luxury; it's essential for helping our students get ready for the world they will encounter after high school and, increasingly, throughout their lives," King said July 1. "

07/11/2016

 by Joe Heim
July 11, 2016

The annual anxiety-inducing lottery for the District’s public and charter schools can be a headache for parents. But for public policy researchers, it’s proving to be a data gold mine, providing information on what parents value most in schools and what factors influence their decisions about where to send their children.

07/10/2016

by Claudio Sanchez
July 10, 2016

I step up to the counter at Willy's Cafe at Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and order a latte.

There's a powerful scent of fresh coffee in the air, and a group of juniors and seniors hover over a large espresso machine.

07/08/2016
by Perry Stein
July 8, 2016
 
Dovette Little has always wanted to be a lawyer. As a high school student in Southeast Washington, she enrolled in a specialized program to become a court stenographer so she could learn the ins and outs of a courtroom.
07/08/2016

by Michelle L. Gordon Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs
July 8, 2016

A charter school information session is scheduled for July 11 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

Base parents are highly encouraged to attend to help shape the future of the JBAB charter school.

07/07/2016

by Mark Walsh
July 7, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin was greeted by both supporters and opponents of affirmative action as something they didn’t see coming. And they said the reverberations will be felt from the most selective colleges in the country to neighborhood elementary schools.

07/04/2016
by Joe Heim
July 4, 2016
 
Aylia Black wasn’t prepared for how fast the plane would zoom down the runway during takeoff. Or for how small Washington would look below her as the plane rose into the sky. The 13-year-old rarely traveled outside of the District, and now she was heading to Costa Rica. It was her first flight.
 
Aylia made the journey last month with 18 other D.C.
06/24/2016

by Tara Garcia Mathewson
June 24, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on Thursday released joint guidance about how schools should support children in foster care under the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Read more here:www.educationdive.com/news/ed-health-and-human-services-depts-issue-essa-guidance-on-foster-youth/421535/ 

06/15/2016
by Steven Glazerman and Dallas Dotter
June 15, 2016
 
This brief describes (1) what parents look for when they choose a school and (2) how these preferences affect the sorting of students into schools under different school-choice policies. The findings are based on lists of preferred schools submitted by over 20,000 applicants to a citywide lottery for more than 100 traditional and charter public schools in Washington, DC.
06/13/2016
by Arianna Prothero
June 13, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this month, tucked in a voluminous education funding bill headed to the Minnesota governor’s desk, was a quirky and contentious idea to allow teachers and parents to create a new kind of public school—chartered schools.

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