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05/02/2016

by Sean Kinney
May 2, 2016

Washington, DC, elected officials are considering empaneling a task force to explore provisioning of a public Wi-Fi network geared toward closing the so-called digital divide.

Read more: http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160502/network-infrastructure/wi-fi/washington-d-c-considering-public-wi-fi-network-tag17

05/02/2016

by Sarah D. Sparks
May 2, 2016

Reports of the death of public schools may have been premature, if new federal enrollment statistics are anything to go by. 

After relatively flat enrollment through the end of the 2000s, public K-12 enrollment started to tick up again in 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics' Digest of Education Statistics, 2014, the 50th in the the series of annual and biennial reports compiling education data.

05/02/2016

by Corey Mitchell
May 2, 2016

Immigrant children living in the United States as unaccompanied minors have been blocked or discouraged from registering for school in at least 35 districts in 14 states, an Associated Press investigation has found.

In the past three years, the federal government has placed more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors with adult guardians in communities nationwide; the children, many of whom are English-language learners from Central American countries, are expected to attend school while they seek legal status in immigration court.

05/02/2016

by Robin Lake
May 2, 2016

Authorizers have an essential role to play in ensuring that charter schools follow all special education laws and produce great results for children with disabilities. For that reason, I found some of the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s recent survey results on charter school special education oversight pretty depressing and even alarming.

05/01/2016

by Helena Andrews-Dyer
May 1, 2016

The wait is finally over. On Sunday, the White House announced that eldest daughter Malia Obama will attend Harvard University.

But the Sidwell Friends senior, 17, will not be heading to Cambridge, Mass. this coming fall.

“Malia will take a gap year before beginning school,” read the statement from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama released late Sunday morning by the East Wing. This means Malia will not attend Harvard until the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021.

04/30/2016

by Peter Hermann, Hamil R. Harris and Emma Brown
April 30, 2016

From the time he was in grade school, Maurice Bellamy struggled to stay focused and control his temper. But within the structure of specialized private schools in Maryland, the young man seemed to show promise.

04/29/2016

by Perry Stein
April 29, 2016

House Republicans passed legislation Friday that would extend to 2021 the DC schools voucher program—the only federally funded, private school voucher program for K-12 students.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/04/29/gop-house-passes-d-c-private-schools-voucher-program-again/

04/28/2016

by Rachel Sadon
April 28, 2016

Although DC Public Schools has seen an uptick in its population over the past fives years, following years of a steady decline, the city's charter school population is still growing at a faster clip—and quickly catching up to DCPS.

04/27/2016

by Perry Stein
April 27, 2016

DC Public Schools are handing out bottled water to students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Southeast after the building’s water sources spewed out a brownish-colored water.

The water is now clear, but students will still drink the bottled water until tests come back showing there are no problems, according to Michelle Lerner, a spokeswoman for the school system.

04/26/2016

by Sarah D. Sparks
April 26, 2016

Despite what Star Trek's Mr. Spock would have you think, emotions are not the enemy of reason. Rather, new research suggests emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom.

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