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by Michael Alison Chandler and Mike DeBonis
August 21, 2014

DC Mayor Vincent Gray authorized new school boundaries Thursday that are slated to go into effect for the 2015-16 school year and that will in coming years change the assigned schools for tens of thousands of students.

The plan is the first comprehensive overhaul of the city’s school boundaries in more than 40 years, and it aims to create a more coherent school system while encouraging residents to invest in neighborhood schools.


by Natalie Wexler 
August 21, 2014


 by Valerie Strauss
August 21, 2014

For the first time in U.S. history, ethnic and racial minorities are projected to make up the majority of students attending American public schools this fall, ending the white-majority population that has existed from the beginnings of the public education system.


by Karen Chen
August 20, 2014

The D.C. Public Charter School board voted this week to approve the relocation of Shining Stars Montessori Academy to 6015 Chillum Pl. NE, near the Maryland border — forcing anxious parents to map yet another new route to school just a week before classes begin.


by Mike DeBonis
August 19, 2014

Kaya Henderson has earned two degrees from Georgetown University, received an honorary doctorate and taught a course at the university’s school of public policy. Now the DC Public Schools chancellor’s relationship with her alma mater is set to deepen further: Henderson will join Georgetown’s board of directors later this year, the university said Tuesday.


 by Michael Q. McShane
August 19, 2014

In the past decade, two overarching trends have had an outsize effect on America's education landscape. The first is the shift in teacher-evaluation policy whereby states are creating new models for measuring the effectiveness of teachers based on standardized-test scores and other objective measures of student outcomes. The second is how entrepreneurial school leaders are rethinking the design and organization of schools and leveraging instructional technology.


by Lesli A. Maxwell
August 19, 2014

America's public schools are on the cusp of a new demographic era. This fall, for the first time, the overall number of Latino, African-American and Asian students in public K-12 classrooms is expected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic whites.

Read the full article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/08/20/01demographics.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1


produced by Arianna Prothero
August 19, 2014


by Emma Brown
August 16, 2014

As the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s chief financial officer, Jeremy L. Williams was responsible for monitoring charter schools’ business practices and ensuring their compliance with rules meant to prevent financial mismanagement.

Instead, he allegedly received $150,000 to help three former managers of Options Public Charter School evade those rules and take millions of taxpayer dollars for themselves, according to a pending civil lawsuit.


by Emma Brown, Michael Alison Chandler, Donna St. George, T. Rees Shapiro and Ovetta Wiggins.
August 15, 2014

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