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12/05/2014

by Arianna Prothero
December 5, 2014

Fielding phone calls from parents asking about enrollment is part of everyday business for schools, but for some charter schools, the person on the other end of the line may only be posing as a parent.

12/04/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 4, 2014  

Eleven days after Marion Barry died, the life and legacy of the four-term mayor were the subject of a history lesson at Anacostia High School.

Students watched a news clip about him Thursday, answered questions and reflected on why he “was respected and loved by Washingtonians . . . especially those in Ward 8.”

12/04/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 4, 2014  

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Parkside celebrated its “Tier 1” status this week during an assembly with a drum line, a panel discussion that touched on teen motivation, and rows of cheering students.

It’s the first time that the school has achieved the high-performing designation by the DC Public Charter School Board.

12/02/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 2, 2014  

As Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) prepares to take office next month, there are many questions about what changes the transition will bring to the city’s efforts to reform public schools.

One of the biggest unknowns is what will happen to the DC Council’s two-year-old Education Committee that has been chaired by council member David A. Catania (I - At large).

12/02/2014

by Sarah Anne Hughes
December 2, 2014 

A recent column written by Jay Matthews and published by the Washington Post put forth a question with heavy implications from a retired DC public school teacher: Are charter lotteries really random?

12/02/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 2, 2014

12/01/2014

by Denisa R. Superville
December 1, 2014

In the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education, under Secretary Arne Duncan, has trained its efforts on principals by rolling out a series of initiatives that build on the growing body of research underscoring the role they play in schools' success.

12/01/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 1, 2014  

Jimell Sanders and Antawan Holmes started looking at schools before their daughter, now 15 months old, was born. They wanted to find a school that emphasized foreign languages.

12/01/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
November 6, 2014  

The children assembled in H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s gymnasium Thursday morning were greeted in Thai as well as English.

“Good morning! . . . Sa-wad-dee kah!” said Saroj Thanasunti, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Thai Embassy. He asked the DC students whether they had visited his country. When no hands went up, he offered a few quick facts: Thailand is in Asia. The head of state is a king. And the national animal is an elephant.

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