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 by Perry Stein
July 25, 2016

Kai Curtis, 17, waited on the crowded platform at Metro Center on Thursday for a train to take him to the Commerce Department in the heart of Washington. He stood with three high school classmates who also were taking Metro to downtown jobs.


by K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard
July 22, 2016


 by Sarah Tully
July 19, 2016

Parents in the District of Columbia's school system made decisions about where to send their children to school based on how the schools' racial makeup matched their own children, along with distance and academic performance, a new study shows.


 by Perry Stein
July 17, 2016

Antwan Williams, 19, was pulling from his newly established real estate lexicon. A community land trust, he explained, is when a nonprofit organization is formed to manage a piece of property on behalf of the community.
Then, there are “assets” and “stakeholders.” And he quickly learned that he can’t build anything for the city without getting "community input."


 by Perry Stein
July 17, 2016

Summer school is no longer just for students who are required to enroll in remedial education.

National and local advocates say the hot months — which for many conjure images of beaches, pools and lazy days — exacerbate the achievement gap and lead to significant “summer brain drain,” with students losing academic skills while away from school.

So families are enrolling their children in academic-focused summer programs to stay on track or get ahead for the coming school year.


by Caitlin Emma and Kimberly Hefling
July 13,2016

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Wednesday he will ensure the department’s decision about whether to approve the sale of the nation’s largest for-profit college to investors with ties to the Obama administration is “free from politics, free from political influence.”
"We’ll make sure a decision is made on the merits, "King said during a POLITICO Playbook Breakfast. "There will be no special treatment of any kind.”


 by Sarah Sparks
July 13, 2016

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me.”
In schools working to reduce suspension rates, teachers could take a cue from Aretha Franklin: Considering how young people view respect can greatly improve classroom management, new studies show.

Read more here:www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/07/13/one-key-to-reducing-school-suspension-a.html


by Emily Leayman
July 12, 2016

Charter school leaders and advocates are worried about the repercussions of a proposed D.C. Council bill aimed at identifying facility funding needs, particularly a provision that would withhold money for not submitting adequate data or allowing government inspections.

Read more here:watchdog.org/270283/d-c-measure-threatens-funding-charter-school-facilities/


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. "


 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.

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