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 Monica Disare

July 21, 2017

New York charter networks may soon be able to use alternative educator-certification methods they say work better than master’s degrees.

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By Alejandra Matos

July 20, 2017

D.C. Council member David Grosso, chairman of the Education Committee, said he plans to introduce legislation to reduce student suspensions and ensure that schools are accurately tracking the number of students barred from class for disciplinary problems.

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By Quinn Simpson

July 17, 2017

When you imagine a classroom, it’s quite likely you picture a teacher at the front talking passionately about a specific subject to students sitting in rows of desks. It’s been like this since the beginning of formal education, and it largely stays like this because it works.


By Charles Sahm

July 18, 2017

It's often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers' union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they'd be "laboratories of innovation" whose lessons could inform the broader system. It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, the relationship between charters and district schools has been acrimonious and competitive. But in Newark, quietly, with little fanfare, a course is being charted back to that original vision.


By Martin Austermuhle

July 13, 2017

A new regulation will prohibit current and former D.C. officials from requesting that their children be placed in schools without having to go through the annual admissions lottery.



By Kate McGee

July 13, 2017

Many low-income students and their families struggle in the summer months to balance work and childcare and that can make it hard to fit in reading and math reinforcement. Overwhelming research shows if students and their families aren’t practicing those skills over the summer, students can forget what they’ve learned. It’s known as the “summer slide.” That can make the fall difficult.

By Kate Stringer

July 12, 2017

Social-emotional learning programs have positive long-term effects, helping students well into their futures in areas like college completion and sexual and mental health. Students with SEL training scored 13 points higher academically than their peers 3.5 years later, had 6 percent better high school graduation rates, and could even reap lifelong monetary benefits for their healthy adult lifestyle.

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By Margaret Gilmour

July 11, 2017

By the time my younger son is midway through third grade, I realize that his academic progress has stalled. He’s stuck somewhere between kindergarten and first grade.

School is a struggle for him. He has a language-based learning disability, which affects how long it takes for him to process new information before he can respond.

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By Ethan Gray

July 10, 2017

Education policy reforms are only as good as the governance systems that promote and monitor them.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2sQBMvk

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