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 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.


 by Michael Melia
August 17, 2016

A network of magnet schools in Connecticut can serve as a model for achieving the kind of diversity that is lacking in too many American schools, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Wednesday.

Read more: www.nbc-2.com/story/32776296/us-education-secretary-touts-school-diversity-efforts


by Nat Malkus
August 16, 2016


by Donna St. George
August 11, 2016

With the new school year just weeks away, Maryland’s largest school system has projected that its enrollment will continue to surge, rising to a record level of more than 159,000 students.

School officials in Montgomery County said the growth continues an eight-year trend of enrollment increases of more than 2,000 students a year. The county, with more than 200 schools, is among the state’s fastest-growing.


by Emma Brown
August 11, 2016

CHICAGO — Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, learned an important lesson from the fierce pushback against the Common Core State Standards in recent years. Not that they made the wrong bet when they poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting the education standards, but that such a massive initiative will not be successful unless teachers and parents believe in it.

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