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02/04/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
February 4, 2016

Former DC mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) will return to politics in the nation’s capital with a run for the Ward 7 council seat, two months after federal prosecutors ended an investigation into Gray’s 2010 campaign.

Gray, who lost the 2014 Democratic mayoral primary to Muriel E. Bowser, formally announced his decision Thursday during an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM (88.5).

02/03/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
February 3, 2016

Say goodbye to long summer breaks, at least in a wide swath of Southeast Washington. Starting next fall, nearly 4,000 students in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods will attend school year-round.

Ten DC public schools will move to extended-year schedules next fall, city officials said Wednesday, the latest push by the District to embrace a learning calendar used at more than half of the city’s charter schools.

02/03/2016

by Benjamin Herold
February 3, 2016

Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders.

Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1

02/03/2016

by Andrew Giambrone
February 3, 2016

School will still be out for summer, but it won't be out forever.

02/03/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
February 3, 2016

A long-standing challenge in education is the dreaded “summer slide,” where children—especially those from low income families—lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year while they’re on vacation.

Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) says he visited Cooke Elementary recently, where he said the principal told him this was a “huge problem.”

02/02/2016

by Lyndsey Layton
February 2, 2016

A senior executive at the Education Department who was the target of a four-hour interrogation by members of Congress on Tuesday collapsed after the hearing and was taken by ambulance to George Washington University Hospital.

02/02/2016

by Mark Giannotto
February 2, 2016

A DC city council member has introduced a bill that, if enacted, would give the DC State Athletic Association complete oversight over all of the District’s interscholastic sports.

01/28/2016

January 28, 2016
by DeNeen L. Brown

Tiera Williams and her four children dodge cars on a winter evening as they cross the parking lot of the Days Inn to the Washington motel room the children call “Mommy’s house.”

01/26/2016

by Marc Sternberg & Marc Holley
January 26, 2016

By its very definition, innovation will always lead to some failed starts. And when that innovation involves educating children, it's especially important to learn from mistakes and adjust quickly.

01/26/2016

January 26, 2016
by Alyson Klein

The newly minted Every Student Succeeds Act aims to clip the wings of future education secretaries when it comes to accountability, testing, and more—but it doesn't say anything about use of the bully pulpit.

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