DC School Reform Now is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready.


by Perry Stein
May 21, 2016

DC Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) detailed the unsavory cafeteria conditions at Shepherd Elementary School in a letter he posted on a community email list.

“Shepherd has a well­-documented history of rodent infestation,” he wrote. “It is a major health hazard for our students to have to eat among rodent droppings on and near their lunch tables.”


by Judith Sandalow
May 20, 2016

The DC Council just voted on the District’s budget for next year.


by Andrew Giambrone
May 19, 2016

As the DC Council looks to finalize the District's budget in the coming weeks, charter school advocates are crying foul over policymakers' decision not to increase capital funding for those schools by what they say is a sufficient amount.

Read more: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/city-desk/blog/20780666/charter-school-advocates-criticize-dcs-education-budget


by Kellye Lynn
May 19, 2016

Second graders in DC Public Schools are going places.

"If you don't feel like walking and don't know how to drive yet, you can just ride your bike," explained Dylan Perkins an 8-year-old student at West Education Campus in Northwest.

For the first time, students are being tasked with learning how to ride a bike.


by Matthew Lynch
May 17, 2016

Washington DC plans to invest $20 million to boost minority male academic achievement but DC Public Schools are missing another important group: females of color. A new study finds that this demographic is also trailing significantly behind white peers. students.


by Catherine Gewertz
May 17, 2016

A first-of-its-kind study has found that students who score at the "college-ready" level on the PARCC exam are well-positioned to earn good grades in college. The findings provide early evidence that the assessment does what it was designed to do: measure college readiness.

by Daarel Burnette II
May 17, 2016
Educators have long complained that state accountability systems that use only test scores and graduation rates to rank or grade schools oversimplify school success, confuse parents and mask achievement gaps.
Now, education leaders and lawmakers in states including California and Kentucky have said they want to toss one-size-fits-all school rankings and give the public information on school performance in more areas—similar to the way indicators are compartmen

by Perry Stein
May 16, 2016

Jasmine Seawright, 16, lives in Southeast and rides a Metrobus each day to Richard Wright Public Charter School in Northeast. When she arrives at the bus stop near her school, there’s an adult volunteer waiting for her to ensure she and the other students on the bus arrive safely on campus. If she has to wait for the bus in the afternoon, there’s another volunteer present, supervising the students so nothing goes awry.


by John King
May 15, 2016

One of my top priorities as education secretary is to help our public schools serve the needs of our increasingly diverse students so that they have the opportunity to pursue the American dream and use their talents to help our nation tackle some of its most difficult problems.

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