DC School Reform Now is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready.

by Michael Alison Chandler
June  6, 2015
When D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson came to the District in 2007, there was no office for gifted education and no plan for serving the city’s most talented learners.
by Emma Brown
June 5, 2015
Former D.C. public schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz has a new gig across town at the U.S. Department of Education: She is heading up strategic communications for John King, who acts as the department’s deputy secretary.
It’s a return to official Washington for Salmanowitz, who worked for Rep.
by Michael Alison Chandler
June 5, 2015
The largest food vendor for the District’s public school system has agreed to pay $19 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company overcharged the city and mismanaged the school meals programs, with food often arriving at schools late, spoiled or in short supply.
The settlement agreement is the result of a whistleblower lawsuit by a former director of food services for D.C.
 by Stephen Sawchuk
June  3, 2015

After developing a strategic plan earlier this year in part to address a dip in scores at her school, Brittany Wagner-Friel faced a challenge.

by Michael Alison Chandler
June 3, 2015
The District’s public schools have made promising improvements after seven years of intensive reforms, but many disparities persist in academic resources and performance between poor and affluent students, according to the National Research Council.
In a much-anticipated report released Wednesday, the council offers an independent evaluation of the effects of sweeping school reform measures put in motion in 2007, when then-Mayor Adrian
Phillip Burgoyne-Allenn
June 2, 2015
It’s nearly summertime in the District. The pollen count is through the roof, the mosquitoes are out in full force, and another group will soon take the city by storm: congressional interns. Every summer, thousands of college students swarm Washington to work unpaid internships on Capitol Hill.
by Karla Scoon Reid
June 2, 2015
Family-engagement practitioners and researchers say educators are adopting systemic and sustained efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools—a welcome shift for advocates who have complained of lip service but scant support for programs they say can have a big impact on student achievement.
In the past seven years, large and mid-sized school districts such as Denver and Nashville have created positions and departmen
By Michael Alison Chandler and Abigail Hauslohner
May 29, 2015
Mayor Muriel E.
by Michael Alison Chandler
May 28, 2015
D.C. Public Schools is introducing a slew of new classroom lessons designed to give students more in-depth and engaging learning opportunities across the school system starting next year.
The activities, called “cornerstones,” could include a Socratic seminar, a hands-on science task, a short piece of writing or a weeks-long research project.
by Natalie Wexler
May 27, 2015
Students have been leaving DC Public Schools in droves after the elementary grades because of a dearth of appealing middle school options.
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