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by James E. Ryan
March 9, 2016

I will begin this blog adventure near the beginning:  pre-K.

As enrollment in publicly funded pre-K continues to rise in many states, it might be time to dust off a law review article I wrote about a decade ago, which argued that children have a constitutional right to pre-K education. If you missed the article when it came out, no worries-you were surely not alone, as most law review articles are not widely read, and this article was not an exception.


by Marva Hinton
March 8, 2016

Sleep. We all know kids need it, and without it, they don't perform as well in school.

As we've reported in the past, the National Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 am to better align with the natural body rhythms of adolescents.

But it's not unusual for the first-period bells to ring at many middle and high schools much earlier than that.


by Arianna Prothero
March 8, 2016

While many of the nation's public schools remain stubbornly segregated by race and income, charter schools are well-positioned to buck that trend: Untethered from neighborhood boundaries, they can draw students from across a city.


by T. Robinson Ahistrom
March 8, 2016

The 2016 presidential race may prove to be the first in more than half a century in which education emerges as a key national issue, but not because the candidates demonstrate any particular concern over or passion for the quality of America's schools. Rather, it will happen because the campaign itself calls into question that quality.


by Michael Magee
March 7, 2016


by Benjamin Herold
March 7, 2016

Developing new software for K-12 schools. Investing in hot ed-tech startups. Donating tens of millions of dollars to schools experimenting with fresh approaches to customizing the classroom experience.

All are part of a new, multi-pronged effort by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, to use their massive fortune to reshape public education with technology.


by Perry Stein
March 6, 2016

Steve Bumbaugh didn’t know that his star student’s mom was a crack addict. He didn’t know that she was too ashamed to ask anyone for help. And he didn’t know that she declined a college scholarship, which she beat every grim statistic to earn, because she was afraid her mom would overdose if she left home.


by Derrick Ward
March 5, 2016

Former DC Mayor Vincent Gray publicly kicked off his next campaign on Saturday and stepped back into the crucible of city politics, seeking a position on the DC City Council.

After losing in the primary to current DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Gray has joined the field of candidates vying for the Ward 7 seat on the city council.

Read more: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Vincent-Gray--371167111.html


by Matthew S. Schartz
March 2, 2016

Each year, parents of 4th-graders at Brent Elementary on Capitol Hill have a decision to make: What to do about middle school?

The question essentially comes a year early. Middle school starts at 6th grade in DC's traditional public school system, but for Brent parents like Amy Harding-Wright, 5th grade is the time to make a move.

Read more: http://wamu.org/news/16/03/02/5th_grade_dropoff



by Andy Smarick
March 2, 2016

If you’re at all interested in Washington, DC schools, you should read this excellent report by David Osborne. It serves as a quick and comprehensive history lesson on the city’s last two decades of reform. It also offers valuable analysis of the current state of play and makes a compelling argument about why things landed where they did.

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