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 Nevin Martell
March 31, 2016

A year ago, Richard Reyes-Gavilan was standing in an upstairs dining room at the Hamilton, a trendy downtown eatery. He’d come to talk to a roomful of business owners and civic leaders about that building.


by Perry Stein
March 30, 2016

The number of children living in the District is increasing. That’s good news for the city’s public schools, which have long been considered under-enrolled.

The conventional wisdom went that you got married, had kids and—if you could afford to—moved out of the District when they reached school age for public schools in the suburbs. That, however, appears to be slowly changing.


by Michael Levenson
March 29, 2016

At Beers Elementary School, the PTA hosts a daddy-daughter dance, a fish fry and an art auction to raise money.

But this school’s efforts to involve parents start even before the first day of classes, when teachers visit parents at home and build a rapport by asking about their hopes and dreams for their children.


by Joy Resmovits
March 29, 2016

Just several years after its glitzy launch, StudentsFirst, the Sacramento-based education group started by former Washington, DC, schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, is merging with another education advocacy organization, 50Can.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-michelle-rhee-studentsfirst-50can-20160329-story.html



by David Gamberg
March 29, 2016


by Sean McComb
March 29, 2016

Every few years the education news and policy world’s ears perk up and tune-in to the release of Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results. Data is diagnosed and dissected; country performances are condemned or coronated. PISA has its place; but just like classroom and school-level data, it’s only as powerful as the questions it inspires, the policies it informs, and the practices we’re spurred to examine.


by Andrew Giambrone
March 22, 2016

Looks like Mayor Muriel Bowser took a hint from the 87 percent of District residents who say they would support raising DC's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020: During her State of the District address on Tuesday evening, Bowser said she will send legislation to the DC Council in April calling for precisely that.


March 22, 2016
by Andrew Ujifusa & Sarah Tully

Advocates for parent and community engagement see the newly revised federal K-12 law as an opportunity to expand their impact on states' academic goals, plans for school improvement, and other areas of policy.


by Ross Brenneman
March 22, 2016

A recent poll of nearly a million U.S. students concludes that schools need to work on building supports to keep students invested in their educations, especially as they advance in grade.

The survey, conducted by Gallup, found that only half of adolescents report feeling engaged in school, and a fifth are actively disengaged. About 10 percent of students are classified as both disengaged and discouraged.

Engagement levels also show a consistent decrease as students get older, bottoming out in 11th grade.


by Mercedes Schneider
March 21, 2016

On March 14, 2016, the US Senate confirmed John King as the next US Secretary of Education. In December 2015, Senator Lamar Alexander told President Obama to nominate someone and that he (Alexander) would “make sure he was confirmed.”

Sure enough, that is what happened.

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