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01/25/2016

by Martin Austermuhle
January 25, 2016

Classes were canceled on Monday for tens of thousands of DC students, but a handful of public schools remained open—for food, not education.

On Sunday evening, DC Public Schools announced that 10 buildings would open to offer students, families and members of the community a free breakfast and lunch.

01/22/2016

by Sarah D. Sparks
January 22, 2016

Not to sound like a broken record, but here's yet more evidence that the screening systems for advanced academic programs need a major overhaul. 

There's a slew of research that bright students of color have a harder time getting access to gifted and honors programs. Adding to it is a new study in the American Educational Research Association's journal AERA Open finds that high-achieving black students are less than half as likely as white, Hispanic, or Asian students to be referred for gifted programs.

01/21/2016

by Marilyn Anderson Rhames
January 21, 2016

This “wait” has almost always meant “never.” … “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
—Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

01/20/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
January 20, 2016

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Wednesday appointed a new executive director to the city’s Workforce Investment Council, filling a position left without a permanent head for about a year and meeting a key condition set by the U.S. Labor Department to get the District’s troubled workforce development effort back on track.

01/20/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
January 20, 2016

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Wednesday appointed a new executive director to the city’s Workforce Investment Council, filling a position left without a permanent head for about a year and meeting a key condition set by the U.S. Labor Department to get the District’s troubled workforce development effort back on track.

Odie Donald II will head the staff of the council, which is tasked with ensuring the effective spending of federal grant money through employment and job-training programs.

01/17/2016

by Mark Giannotto
January 17, 2016

An internal audit into the financial practices of the DC Interscholastic Athletic Association concluded that former DC Public Schools athletic director Stephanie Evans was “grossly negligent” in the handling of department money during her four-year tenure as the school system’s top athletic administrator.

01/15/2016

by Christina Sturdivant
January 5, 2016

As a student at Eliot-Hine Middle School in Northeast, Dr. Benjamin Williams was challenged by this geometry teacher.

“Ms. Brown was a woman who didn’t play and I think we all understand how those types of people have an impact on you,” Williams says. “She helped humble me and helped me to become a more disciplined individual.”

01/15/2016

by Emma Brown
January 15, 2016

The subject line said “Bomb,” and the email—sent to more than 600 current and former students at one of the District’s best-regarded charter schools—appeared to come from a Muslim student’s account.

But the message was in fact written by two pranksters, school officials said. The two boys, both high school seniors at high-performing Washington Latin Public Charter School, were expelled for threatening violence, said Head of School Martha Cutts.

01/15/2016

by Joan Quigley
January 15, 2016

In the iconic geography of the civil rights movement, the South understandably looms large. Selma. Birmingham. Greensboro.

Washington? Not so much.

01/15/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
January 15, 2016

DC is investing $20 million in a citywide initiative called “Empowering Males of Color.” The effort will offer some minority teenagers paid internships, match 500 students with mentors and open an all-male high school.

Benjamin Williams has been tapped to head the new school. He says part of the reason he became an educator is because as a teenager, Linda Brown—a teacher at DC Public Schools changed his life.

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