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By Christina A. Samuels
May 31, 2016

It's not often that special education research gets attention from more than teachers and other academics.But it's also not often that research purports to upend decades of accepted wisdom in the field—and also takes direct aim at race-related policy issues currently under debate at the federal level.

by Andrew Giambrone
May 26, 2016

The 11th grader at Columbia Heights Education Campus is wearing a navy blue blazer emblazoned with a crest that displays "hospitality," the concentration she's pursuing through one of DC Public Schools' career academies. On this daunting Wednesday morning, Jones is one of several CHEC students eagerly interviewing in the school's library with employers from around the District. Among the mix: the White House, the Washington Nationals and the Ritz Carlton.

by Natalie Wexler
May 26, 2016

Why is it harder to raise reading scores than math scores for students from low-income families? And why do kids who seem to read well in elementary school then struggle with grade-level text in middle and high school?

by Sarah Yatsko
May 25, 2016

Charter schools have come under fire recently around student discipline. As someone who spent a decade working with children at the tragic end of the school-to-prison pipeline, I’m deeply concerned about the real-world ramifications of suspensions and expulsions on students. But overuse of harsh student discipline is not just a charter school issue, it’s a public school issue.

by Kristin Blagg and Matthew Chingos
May 25, 2016

Student performance in the nation's capital has increased so dramatically that it has attracted significant attention and prompted many to ask whether gentrification, rather than an improvement in school quality, is behind the higher scores. Demographic change explains some of the increases in test scores, but by no means all of them.

by Madeline Will
May 25, 2016

A new study is calling attention to a major occupational hazard for teachers that you may not be aware of: vocal damage.


by Perry Stein
May 21, 2016

DC Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) detailed the unsavory cafeteria conditions at Shepherd Elementary School in a letter he posted on a community email list.

“Shepherd has a well­-documented history of rodent infestation,” he wrote. “It is a major health hazard for our students to have to eat among rodent droppings on and near their lunch tables.”


by Judith Sandalow
May 20, 2016

The DC Council just voted on the District’s budget for next year.


by Andrew Giambrone
May 19, 2016

As the DC Council looks to finalize the District's budget in the coming weeks, charter school advocates are crying foul over policymakers' decision not to increase capital funding for those schools by what they say is a sufficient amount.

Read more: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/city-desk/blog/20780666/charter-school-advocates-criticize-dcs-education-budget


by Kellye Lynn
May 19, 2016

Second graders in DC Public Schools are going places.

"If you don't feel like walking and don't know how to drive yet, you can just ride your bike," explained Dylan Perkins an 8-year-old student at West Education Campus in Northwest.

For the first time, students are being tasked with learning how to ride a bike.

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