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11/01/2016

 by Kat Lonsdorf
November 1, 2016

A study published in the Review of Educational Research today suggests that school climate is something educators and communities should prioritize — especially as a way to bridge the elusive achievement gap. The authors analyzed more than 15 years of research on schools worldwide, and found that positive school climate had a significant impact on academics.

10/25/2016

by Alejandra Matos
October 25, 2016

Enrollment in D.C. public schools continues to climb, especially in the charter schools, according to unaudited numbers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The number of students in D.C. schools reached nearly 90,500 this school year, up 3 percent from the previous year.

10/17/2016

 by Emma Brown and Alejandra Matos
October 17, 2016

The nation’s high school graduation rose again in the 2014-2015 school year, reaching a new record high as more than 83 percent of students earned a diploma on time, according to federal data released Monday.

10/16/2016

by Jay Mathews
October 16, 2016

Dear new D.C. Public Schools chancellor:

You have not been named yet, but I am told your appointment is coming soon. Whoever you are, I hope you will take this message seriously. I am not asking you to do anything new; I am simply requesting that you preserve two vulnerable D.C. initiatives with great potential for good.

10/13/2016

Interview with Kevin Welner and Michelle Rhee
October 13, 2016

On Nov. 8, Massachusetts voters will decide whether the state should lift its cap on charter schools. Debate on the ballot measure has been fierce, underscoring a rift amid education reformers across the country.

10/12/2016

 by Emma Brown
October 12, 2016

The U.S. Education Department published regulations Wednesday governing programs that prepare new K-12 teachers, a long-delayed effort meant to ensure that graduates emerge ready for the nation’s classrooms.

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.

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