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By Martin Capuchino
May 3, 2017

This week is National Charter Schools Week, and though many of Los Angeles’ public charter schools serve children of color, the inaccurate dissemination of information regarding charter schools and traditional schools creates confusion in many communities — especially communities of color.

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By Alejandra Matos
April 30, 2017

The group, known as H.E.R. Story, is an after-school club where girls meet once a week to discuss how they are feeling, how they are doing in school and how things are going at home. They sometimes study together, plan community service events, and share snacks and juice.

Shayla Stafford, the school’s instructional coach, started H.E.R. Story, which stands for Helping Empower Regalness, about four years ago. She saw the need for a space for girls to come together, talk freely and support one another.


By Scott Pearson
April 30, 2017

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C., where I lead the sole charter school authorizer, a mixture of collegial cooperation and healthy competition has allowed public charter schools and the traditional district schools to push each other to better academic outcomes.

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By Mike Feinberg
April 25, 2017

At DCSRN, whether a school is public charter or traditional matters little. What matters most of all, and what matters most to the District families that we serve, is that a school is quality.
KIPP Foundation co-founder Mike Feinberg agrees.

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By Anastasia Tsioulcas
April 25, 2017

Beyoncé‘s “visual album” Lemonade was released a year ago this week, but its impact continues to unfold. Just last week, the project won a Peabody Award. But the singer is also focusing on making its resonance felt through a very different vehicle: a group of scholarships called the “Formation Scholars” awards. 


By Patrick Wall
April 25, 2017

Many districts allow parents to apply to transfer programs, magnet and charter schools, or gifted-and-talented programs as alternatives to their nearest public school. Those options are open to any parent, but the most advantaged families are often best equipped to chart a course to their preferred school.

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By Frederick Hess & Jenn Hatfield
April 25, 2017

How can we ensure charter school quality without recreating the bureaucracy that suffuses public education? That’s a persistent challenge. Last week, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report analyzing factors in charter school applications that predict mediocre performance in a school’s first two years of operation. Used wisely, the report offers some real value. But as with so much education research, how it’s used matters immensely.


By Thomas J. Kane
April 24, 2017

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, Congress tossed the keys for K-12 education back to states and school districts. However you feel about the expanded federal role in K-12 education since No Child Left Behind was signed in 2002 — whether you saw it as a necessary nudge or federal overreach — that era has officially ended.

Our schools need state and local leaders to take the education wheel now. But after 15 years of complying with federal regulations, their driving skills may be a little rusty.


By Emma Brown
April 20, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an Ohio school district Thursday at the invitation of one of her chief critics, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who used the occasion to make a case for investment in public schools.

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By Jay Mathews
April 23, 2017

I usually don’t celebrate schools that fail to make my annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. But a week before the 2017 rankings will appear in The Washington Post, a low-performing high school in the District has shown such exceptional improvement in teaching and learning it deserves special attention.

Eastern High School, east of Capitol Hill at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, got plenty of notice for its new building in 2010, the result of a $77 million renovation.


By Caroline Bermudez
April 17, 2017

Although Nathan Woods was a good student, adjusting to college was difficult. He lost his brother to gun violence as a high-school sophomore and the uncertainties of being a first-generation college student weighed on him. Deceptively minor issues threatened to veer him from the path to graduating.

For years after graduation, Woods’ counselors from his middle school, KIPP DC KEY Academy in Washington, D.C., kept in close touch, encouraging him when the pressure felt so intense he was tempted to drop out.


By Martin Austermuhle
April 4, 2017

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled her $13.8 billion budget for 2018 this morning, and one line item could prompt pushback from legislators and education advocates: funding for students at the city’s schools. 

As part of the budget’s $7.6 billion local portion — the part funded through tax dollars raised from D.C. residents and businesses — Bowser is proposing an additional $105 million in spending for the city’s traditional public and public charter schools.

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