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03/01/2017

By Claudio Sanchez
March 1, 2017

We’re all familiar with the term “hidden in plain sight.” Well, there may be no better way to describe the nation’s 6,900 charter schools. These publicly-funded, privately-run schools have been around since the first one opened in St. Paul, Minn., in 1992.

Here, the author sits down with three charter experts to gain greater insight into how these institutions operate.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2lXpsac

02/24/2017

By Alejandra Matos
February 24, 2017

D.C. Public Schools plans to spend $6.2 million in its 2018 budget to bring algebra classes, engineering and computer science electives, coding clubs, lacrosse and archery to its middle schools. 

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced the proposed spending Friday, marking another year of the school system putting emphasis on resources for middle and high schools.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2kVeHI6

02/22/2017

By Alejandra Matos
February 19, 2017

Kiara Jones is learning how to analyze data. But the 8-year-old is not using fancy software on a computer. She has a tactile board in front of her with the names of classmates and information on when they were in class. Kiara is visually impaired. 

02/21/2017

By Joe Heim
February 19, 2017

At 8:45 one recent Monday morning at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, the freshman class sat in a giant rectangle in the school’s brightly lighted meeting area. This period of reflection, affirmation and exhortation is how every day begins at Ron Brown, the District’s only single-sex public high school, one of just a few dozen in the country. 

02/17/2017

By George Joseph
February 17, 2017

According to the author of a new UCLA Civil Rights Project report: School choice is only exacerbating the effects of the city’s extreme housing segregation. Last week, a group of Washington, D.C., parents and teachers stopped Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, from entering a D.C. middle school.

02/15/2017

By David Alpert
February 15, 2017

A coalition of affordable housing advocates, faith groups, business groups, tenants' groups, developers, and over 250 residents have unified to support more housing, more affordable housing, and targeted support for communities as DC rewrites its Comprehensive Plan. One of those priorities: Equitably distribute housing.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2kKPwE3

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

 

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