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02/10/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
February 10, 2017

About three-dozen protesters confronted newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she arrived at Jefferson Middle School Academy, a public school in Southwest D.C., on Friday morning.

A small group of those protesters delayed DeVos’s entrance to the school, but did not keep her from eventually entering the building. According to city officials, DeVos visited classrooms and met with a small group of teachers, and also spoke with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson.

02/02/2017

By Alejandra Matos
February 2, 2017

Fewer students are being expelled or sent home for misbehaving in D.C. public schools and public charter schools, a new study from the city government shows.

In the 2015-2016 school year, 7,324 students in the District were suspended from school, according to a report last month from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, or OSSE.

02/01/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
February 1, 2017

Today is Wilson’s first day as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. He takes over for Kaya Henderson, who left the position last year, and inherits a 48,000-student school system that has seen rising enrollment and improving test scores while still struggling with a growing achievement gap.

Read more about Wilson's strategy here: http://bit.ly/2kWVlxV

02/01/2017

By John Aaron
February 1, 2017

Jan Schuettpelz, a seventh grade science teacher at Alice Deal Middle School in Northwest, on Wednesday received the D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year award.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chancellor Antwan Wilson paid a surprise visit to Schuettpelz’s classroom Wednesday to make the announcement.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2kXneJU

01/31/2017

By Christina Sturdivant
January 31, 2017

D.C. Public Schools has awarded a custodian with a "staff member of the year" award.

Burt Lancaster learned that he'd received the 2016 Standing Ovation recognition at a ceremony last Thursday at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast. He'll be honored again at system-wide celebration in March.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2kOdfGL

01/30/2017

By Martin Austermuhle
January 30, 2017

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed a new policy Monday that will allow charter schools to give preference in admissions to elementary school-aged children living within a half-mile of the school, and whose in-boundary public school is more than a half-mile away.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2l0L0Fh

 

01/26/2017

By Nick Anderson
January 26, 2017

Girls as young as 6 years old are less likely than boys to label people of their own gender as “really, really smart,” according to new research that raises questions about how stereotypical notions of male and female mental abilities shape the paths students take in life.

Read more at: http://wapo.st/2l5sN5j

01/26/2017

By Emma Brown
January 26, 2017

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, has promised that she would enforce federal laws meant to protect students with disabilities, a move meant to reassure senators, advocates and parents who were unsettled by positions she seemed to stake out at her recent confirmation hearing.

Read more at: http://wapo.st/2l5GpgR

01/24/2017

By Alejandra Matos
January 24, 2017

Anita Berger is D.C. Public Schools’s principal of the year, earning the honors for her work to boost graduation rates and academic achievement at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Chancellor Antwan Wilson praised Berger for her leadership in helping to raise the school’s math and reading test scores by more than 20 percent in one year and graduating 100 percent of its students.

Read more about Anita Berger at: http://wapo.st/2kB1Ucp

01/12/2017

By Alejandra Matos
January 12, 2017

Principals from the District’s traditional public schools and public charter schools will spend the next 11 months learning how to better manage their schools — working together — as part of a program aimed at improving school leadership across the city.

Beginning this month, 10 D.C. Public Schools principals and 10 charter school principals will immerse themselves in a graduate training program that will teach them how to navigate the complexities of running an urban school.

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