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By Daarel Burnette II
September 12, 2016

The stakes for K-12 policy in this year's state-level elections couldn't be clearer: Whoever voters pick in the legislative and gubernatorial races will have significant new leverage in shaping states' education agendas in the years ahead.


By Alejandra Matos
September 9, 2016

School districts across the country are increasing access to high-level course work — including AP and dual-credit courses — especially for students who have not historically had access to the advanced classes that aim to mimic college work. Experts say such courses can be key to preparing students for the demands of college even if students don’t pass, which is in line with nationwide efforts to get high school graduates ready for higher education and careers.


 by Catherine Gewertz
September 6, 2016

The popularity of dual-enrollment programs has soared nationally as high school students clamor to try college-level work. But the movement is dogged by questions about one of its key selling points: that students can get a jump-start on college by transferring those credits.


 by Jonathan Wilson
August 31, 2016

For the 2017-18 school year, Maryland students won't be back in the classroom until after Labor Day. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the change Wednesday on the Ocean City boardwalk, saying it would be an economic boost for the state. One of the supporters of the new policy is a high-ranking Democrat, state Comptroller Peter Franchot. He speaks with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson about what Hogan wants to achieve with the move.


 by Emma Brown
August 31, 2016

The Obama administration released draft rules Wednesday that would govern how school districts allocate billions of Title I dollars meant to educate poor children, one of Capitol Hill’s most hotly contested education issues since Congress passed a new federal education law late last year.


 by Emma Brown
August 30, 2016

Charter school advocates have long argued that charters are public schools because they are tuition-free, open-enrollment institutions funded primarily with tax dollars. But union leaders and other critics describe charters as private entities that supplant public schools, which are run by elected officials, with nonprofit and for-profit corporations that are run by unelected boards that are unaccountable to voters.


by Martin Austermuhle
August 29, 2016

Since the first charter schools opened in D.C. in the fall of 1996 — 20 years ago this year — KIPP's growth has paralleled the overall growth of the charter sector citywide. There are now close to 120 charter schools, and they educate just shy of 40,000 students — or roughly 44 percent of all the kids that attended public schools in the city. Only New Orleans, Detroit and Flint, Michigan, have a higher percentage of kids in charter schools.


by Alison Wellington, Hanley Chiang, Kristin Hallgren, Cecilia Speroni, Mariesa Herrmann, and Paul Burkander
August 24, 2016


by Christina Sturdivant
August 22, 2016

Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed a crowd of dozens to the opening of the city’s only all-boys public high school, which focuses on educating males of color. Through academic and social engagement, Bowser said, the school will get students “ready to be the fathers and young men that will lead our city forward.”

Read more here: dcist.com/2016/08/dcps_back_to_school.php


by Evie Blad
August 18, 2016

Andrew Black had never been on a plane and his traveling experiences had been limited to car trips in the United States.

But this summer, the rising senior at Coolidge High School in the District of Columbia traveled to Spain and the Netherlands, an experience he may have never had if not for an ambitious study-abroad pilot program the district has launched.

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