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.

07/27/2015
 
by Stephen Sawchuk
July 27, 2015
 
Recessions are unquestionably tough on schools and on teachers—I'm thinking of the ridiculous pink-slip situation in California, for starters—but they might have a (thin) silver lining.
 
Teachers hired during recession periods appeared to be somewhat more effective boosting students' math scores than those teachers hired in more secure times, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Why?
07/27/2015
 
by Natalie Wexler
July 27, 2015

Thousands of DC students switch schools midyear, especially at some high schools that are part of the DC Public School system. That has negative consequences both for the students who switch and the schools they enter.
07/24/2015
 
by Natalie Wexler
July 24, 2015
 
Generally, housing prices in DC correlate with neighborhood school test scores. But Garrison Elementary in Logan Circle is a striking exception: it's a school with math and reading proficiency rates in the mid-20s in an area where the median sale price for a three-bedroom home last year was over a million dollars.
 
Garrison's principal, Collin Hill, says that he, like others, was a little surprised that prices within the school's boundaries were so high.
07/23/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
Jully 23, 2015 
 
About three quarters of the students who transferred in or out of public schools in the District during the 2013-2014 school year came from or went to another state, according to a new analysis of student mobility trends released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on Thursday.
 
The report, which look at trends over three different school years from September 2011 to Spr
07/23/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 22, 2015
 
A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday worked to maintain funding for a popular D.C. college tuition assistance program that many parents are fighting to protect and expand.
 
The government appropriations bill, which will go to a full Senate committee on Thursday, would provide $30 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DC-TAG) program, matching the current year’s funding.
07/22/2015
 
by Lyndsey Lyton
July 22, 2015
 
States in the Southeast suspend K-12 students at the highest rates in the country, according to new data released Wednesday by the U.S.
07/21/2015
 
by Dirk Tilotson
July 21, 2015
 
Some time ago, I enrolled a foster child at a charter school whom I’ll call Keasha. She needed a good school, smaller and more personalized.
 
 
Brushing aside my lack of legal authority, we asked the receptionist for an application.
07/21/2015
 
by Natalie Wexler
July 21, 2015
 
Generally speaking, higher test scores at a DC Public School elementary school correlate with higher housing costs. But there are a few "bargain" neighborhoods, and one outlier school that's surrounded by pricey housing despite low scores.
07/21/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 21, 2015
 
Location, academics and reputation are the strongest factors motivating parents to choose a D.C.
07/20/2015
 
by Rachel Sadon 
July 20, 2015
 
 
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop has supported hundreds of incarcerated D.C. youth—and now, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Aspen Institute, the organization is expanding to four new cities.
 
Youth participating in the program meet for a weekly book club and write poetry.
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