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10/07/2016

 by Anya Kamenetz
October 7, 2016

"Do you speak English?"

When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, "Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don't have to worry about it."

10/05/2016

By Audie Cornish
October 5, 2016

It's been more than 60 years since the Supreme Court's landmark case Brown v. Board of Education ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional — a watershed moment for the modern civil rights movement in America.

Yet 2016 began with one of the nation's top educators — the secretary of education — declaring that the job of desegregating the nation's public schools is far from over:

09/30/2016

 by Anya Kamenetz
September 30, 2016

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education?

Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called "corporate-backed," "market driven" "privatization" in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question.

09/29/2016

 by Mikaela Lefrak
September 29, 2016

D.C Public Schools announced Thursday that four-year graduation rates have risen to 69 percent, almost 20 percentage points higher than they were five years ago. It’s a high note to go out on for Kaya Henderson, whose last day as chancellor of DCPS is Saturday.

09/29/2016

 by Alejandra Matos
September 29, 2016

The number of students finishing high school on time in D.C. Public Schools reached an all-time high with the Class of 2016, inching the school system closer to meeting an ambitious graduation goal it set nearly five years ago.

The District’s most recent graduating class saw 69 percent of seniors earn diplomas within four years, a five-point increase from the previous class. The improvement marks the second year in a row the school system has experienced a significant increase.

09/28/2016

 by Cory Turner
September 28, 2016

A new study out of Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.

Read more: wamu.org/programs/morning_edition/16/09/28/bias_isnt_just_a_police_problem_its_a_preschool_problem

09/26/2016

 by Moriah Balingit
September 26, 2016

Preparing for kindergarten is already a process fraught with stress for many parents, who agonize over whether they — or their children — are ready and whether they have done enough to prepare their children for an introduction to school that has become far more academically rigorous.

D.C. School Reform Now provides help to low-income families, assigning parents an advocate who guides them through the process, hoping to give them the same edge that affluent and middle-class families have.

09/25/2016

 by Alejandra Matos
September 25, 2016

Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood.

So she is headed to Botswana.

Cunningham will spend three months researching the music of the African country and plans to return to Washington and write a new curriculum for her music classes, aimed at expanding her students’ global perspectives.

09/15/2016

 By Eric Westervelt
September 15, 2016

The good news: There's an uptick in the hiring of new teachers since the pink-slip frenzy in the wake of the Great Recession.

The bad news: The new hiring hasn't made up for the teacher shortfall. Attrition is high, and enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen some 35 percent over the past five years — a decrease of nearly 240,000 teachers in all.

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