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05/09/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
May 9, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report that finds a DC Public Schools initiative is not fair to girls. The program focuses on serving boys of color.

05/06/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
May 6, 2016

More than 130 teachers came out Thursday to protest the lack of a current contract with chants like "Negotiate now!" For the last four years, teachers in DC’s traditional public schools have been working under a contract that expired back in 2012. And they haven’t had a base salary increase since then.

05/05/2016

by Christina Sturdivant
May 5, 2016

Dozens of DC Public Schools teachers were out protesting this morning in upper Northwest. About 75 educators from Wilson High School, Deal Middle School, and Murch Elementary School were raising awareness about DCPS' reluctance to sign a new contract agreement, according to a statement from the Washington Teachers Union.

Read more: http://dcist.com/2016/05/teachers_protest_dcps.php

05/04/2016

by Nancy Flanagan
May 4, 2016

The best of times for some schools and the worst of times for others--all in one hashtag-loaded week.

You've probably read something about Detroit Public Schools and Detroit teachers in the past couple of days. Here's the latest: DPS teachers shut down virtually all schools in the district this week, because the most recent faux-CEO (a bankruptcy judge) let teachers know that if they elected to have their annual salary spread over 26 paychecks they weren't getting their last four installments.

05/04/2016

by Benjamin Herold
May 4, 2016

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James Shelton will head the education efforts of the multi-billion dollar philanthropic organization created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

"I am honored to join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and work with Priscilla and Mark," Shelton said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "Their vision for the future is bold and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to expand opportunities for every child.”

05/04/2016

by Madeline Will
May 4, 2016

Top educators from across the country gathered at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day in style.

They mingled in the White House's historic East Room. Nate Ruess, formerly of the band Fun., sang a handful of his hits and covered Elton John's "Rocket Man," much to the delight of the science teachers in the audience. And President Barack Obama gave a speech praising the educators and calling for an increased investment in public education.

05/04/2016

by Aaron C. Davis
May 4, 2016

The bankruptcy of a DC nonprofit that dispenses taxpayer funds to after-school and anti- violence programs is fast becoming a campaign headache for both candidates in the city’s most high-profile June ballot contest.

05/03/2016

by Alyson Klein
May 3, 2016

Just in time for National Teacher Appreciation Day, the White House is announcing that it's halfway to a goal the president unveiled back in 2011: training 100,000 new science, math, engineering, and technology teachers. The progress is made possible through a web of public-private partnerships, called the  "100kin10" initiative, which was founded with early support from the Carnegie Corporation, plus a pair of federal programs, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and the Teacher Quality Partnerships.

05/03/2016

by Perry Stein
May 3, 2016

In the current academic year, 17 water sources at 12 DC public schools tested positive for elevated lead levels. And in recent weeks, the school system has come under fire for not communicating to parents when their children’s school tested positive for the elevated levels.
Now, the District says it is responding with more lead testing out of an “abundance of caution” and vows to be upfront about any elevated levels.

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