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by Alejandra Matos
November 13, 2016

Rahnell Jordan and Duane Funderburk, two students at the District’s W.B. Patterson Elementary School, have the same dream for when they grow up: They want to be football players.

But their teachers and school administrators want them to have a backup plan, so the educators are using grant dollars to teach the children to work with cameras, create artwork, produce music and direct plays.


by Emma Brown
November 10, 2016 

Republican President-elect Donald Trump spoke about education only in broad terms on the campaign trail, leaving plenty of uncertainty about how his administration now intends to handle policy questions ranging from standardized testing and school accountability to the treatment of transgender students.


 by Emma Brown
November 9, 2016

Though the presidential race cliffhanger was taking up most of the political oxygen Tuesday night, there were also important education policy developments in the states. Here’s how four high-profile ballot initiatives fared.


 by Alejandra Matos
November 3, 2016

The new chancellor for D.C. Public Schools should be someone who is deeply committed to closing achievement gaps in the District, according to a community engagement report released this week by the search committee.

More than 400 parents, students and community members submitted feedback to the 17-member search committee, with the majority of respondents noting that they want a leader who is going to focus on equity and improving education outcomes for the city’s lowest-performing schools.


 by Kat Lonsdorf
November 1, 2016

A study published in the Review of Educational Research today suggests that school climate is something educators and communities should prioritize — especially as a way to bridge the elusive achievement gap. The authors analyzed more than 15 years of research on schools worldwide, and found that positive school climate had a significant impact on academics.


by Alejandra Matos
October 25, 2016

Enrollment in D.C. public schools continues to climb, especially in the charter schools, according to unaudited numbers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The number of students in D.C. schools reached nearly 90,500 this school year, up 3 percent from the previous year.


 by Emma Brown and Alejandra Matos
October 17, 2016

The nation’s high school graduation rose again in the 2014-2015 school year, reaching a new record high as more than 83 percent of students earned a diploma on time, according to federal data released Monday.


by Jay Mathews
October 16, 2016

Dear new D.C. Public Schools chancellor:

You have not been named yet, but I am told your appointment is coming soon. Whoever you are, I hope you will take this message seriously. I am not asking you to do anything new; I am simply requesting that you preserve two vulnerable D.C. initiatives with great potential for good.


Interview with Kevin Welner and Michelle Rhee
October 13, 2016

On Nov. 8, Massachusetts voters will decide whether the state should lift its cap on charter schools. Debate on the ballot measure has been fierce, underscoring a rift amid education reformers across the country.


 by Emma Brown
October 12, 2016

The U.S. Education Department published regulations Wednesday governing programs that prepare new K-12 teachers, a long-delayed effort meant to ensure that graduates emerge ready for the nation’s classrooms.

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