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06/16/2015
 
by C.M. Rubin 
June 16, 2015
 
The goal of the Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities conference in Chicago on June 22 to 24 is to expose its participants to successful community engagement strategies. "Parents, families, school counselors, teachers, principals and other community-based partners working collaboratively can improve schooling and student achievement," according to S.
06/16/2015
 
by WTOP Staff
June 16, 2015

The union representing D.C. public educators says that language tucked into the District’s budget bill would prevent the public and the union alike from accessing teacher evaluation results, but city officials dispute that saying the wording applies only to charter schools.

06/16/2015
 
by Martin Levine 
June 11, 2015
 
Public education is funded by a complex mixture of federal, state, and local funding. Some funds are developed and available to be allocated on a per-pupil basis, while other funds are designated for specific purposes, such as capital improvements, special education, transportation, and so forth.
06/15/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
June 15, 2015
 
The Washington Teachers Union and open-government advocates are urgin the DC Council to slow down a vote that would curb access to information related to teacher evaluations, one of the most controversial aspects of education reform efforts in the District.
 
A proposed amendment, included in the Budget Support Act that the council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, would block public record requests for individual education evaluations, "effectiv
06/15/2015
 
by Anya Kamenetz
June 15, 2015
 
A collaborative project across 14 NPR member stations is getting to the roots of a nationwide boost in high school graduation rates.
06/13/2015
 
by Natalie  Wexler 
June 13, 2015
 
For several years, DC Public Schools has been at the forefront of a movement to give students a coherent body of knowledge starting in kindergarten. It's a commendable effort but still a work in progress.
 
Some of DCPS's education reform efforts, such as teacher evaluations and school closures, have drawn a lot of attention. But few people have noticed a fundamental initiative to change what and how teachers teach.
06/12/2015
 
by Colbert I. King
June 12, 2015
The creation of the marginalized is taking place before our very eyes. It materializes in one statistic: the D.C. Public Schools 2014 graduation rate.
 
The overall four-year DCPS graduation rate is 58.3 percent — one of the lowest in the nation. The graduation rate for black males in the system is an even more dismal 48 percent.
06/11/2015
 
06/11/2015
 
by Chris Dickersin-Prokopp  
June 11, 2015
 
Thirty-two percent of black people born in DC still live there, but only 4% of white people born there do. Where they've moved to also differs greatly by race. This disparity arose from racial and racist policies in our history.
 
Last year, The New York Times created a set of fascinating charts that illustrate migration patterns between US states.
06/10/2015
 
by Lyndsey Layton
June 10, 2015
 
School leaders and policymakers trying to improve academic results for disadvantaged children need to look outside the classroom at social and economic conditions that directly affect a child’s ability to learn, according to a new report released Wednesday.
 
The paper, written by Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, focuses on five factors that new research suggests hinder the achievement
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