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04/20/2017

By Emma Brown
April 20, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an Ohio school district Thursday at the invitation of one of her chief critics, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who used the occasion to make a case for investment in public schools.

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04/17/2017

By Caroline Bermudez
April 17, 2017

Although Nathan Woods was a good student, adjusting to college was difficult. He lost his brother to gun violence as a high-school sophomore and the uncertainties of being a first-generation college student weighed on him. Deceptively minor issues threatened to veer him from the path to graduating.

For years after graduation, Woods’ counselors from his middle school, KIPP DC KEY Academy in Washington, D.C., kept in close touch, encouraging him when the pressure felt so intense he was tempted to drop out.

04/05/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
April 4, 2017

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled her $13.8 billion budget for 2018 this morning, and one line item could prompt pushback from legislators and education advocates: funding for students at the city’s schools. 

As part of the budget’s $7.6 billion local portion — the part funded through tax dollars raised from D.C. residents and businesses — Bowser is proposing an additional $105 million in spending for the city’s traditional public and public charter schools.

04/03/2017

By Alejandra Matos
April 3, 2017

A local philanthropic group wants to revamp low-performing public schools and open others, 25 in all over the next five years. There are 233 public schools in the District with 90,000 students, counting city and charter schools. 

Read more: http://wapo.st/2nBUBzS

03/25/2017

By Sasha Ingber
March 23, 2017

Team work makes the dream work! Team "McKwiny," comprised of high schools students from McKinley Tech and Winneba Senior High School in Ghana, competed for the first World Smart STEM Challenge. The team of self-described science nerds designed a water purifier that used a variety of innovative materials to filter the water, ultimately taking second place in the competition!

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03/24/2017

By Alejandra Matos
March 23, 2017

In a 6-to-3 vote, the D.C. State Board of Education approved the new ratings plan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on Wednesday evening. Parents will now be able to compare all D.C. public schools, traditional and charter, under a newly approved rating system that assigns each school in the district one to five stars based on test scores, attendance and other measures.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2nIvA9r

03/23/2017

By Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner
March 22, 2017

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2nNAkuG

03/22/2017

By Melinda Anderson
March 22, 2017

For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. But according to a new study, there’s one option that may have been overlooked: the ubiquitous school lunch. As detailed in a recent paper, economists set out to determine whether healthier school lunches affect student achievement as measured by test scores.

Read more: http://theatln.tc/2nojHF7

03/17/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
March 17, 2017

DCPS says there are over 1,300 high school students across the city that are at least two years behind their expected graduation date. To address that group, last year DCPS invested $4 million to hire Pathways Coordinators in all of the city’s high schools, who will help struggling students graduate on time.

Read more about the initiative: http://bit.ly/2nDTRxJ

03/16/2017

By Emma Brown and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
March 16, 2017

The Trump administration is seeking to cut $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, a dramatic downsizing that would reduce or eliminate grants for teacher training, after-school programs and aid to ­low-income and first-generation college students.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2nJhJfd

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