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10/21/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 21, 2015
 
The DC State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday evening to set what board members called a rigorous proficiency score in anticipation of soon-to-be released results from the new standardized tests administered last year. 
 
The test, known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—or PARCC—is considered more difficult than the city’s previous test, the DC CAS, and proficiency rates are expected to be lo
10/21/2015
by Lyndsey Layton
October 21, 2015
 
House Republicans approved a bill Wednesday to extend the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, the only federally funded, private school voucher program for K-12 students, through 2021.
 
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) authored the bill, which for the first time would require that some students with vouchers take the same standardized tests in math and reading administered to public school students in the District.
10/20/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 20, 2015
 
Student enrollment continues to climb in DC public schools, according to unaudited numbers released Tuesday by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
 
Enrollment reached 87,749 this school year, up two percent from the previous year, based on an annual enrollment audit each fall.
 
The uptick represents the seventh consecutive year of growth in the public schools after decades of declines.
10/19/2015
by Liana Heitin
October 19, 2015
 
High school graduation rates in the United States have hit historic highs, with the most recent numbers from the U.S. Department of Education showing that more than 80 percent of students from the class of 2013 graduated on-time. 
 
But a new analysis finds that the level of coursework needed to earn a high school diploma differs from state to state.
10/14/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 14, 2015
 
Education advocates and charter leaders debated at a hearing Wednesday legislation that would give the DC Public Charter School Board greater authority to see financial records of private management organizations.
 
“Charter schools are public schools,” DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), co-sponsor of the bill, said.
10/12/2015
by Casey Quinlan
October 12, 2015
 
On an unusually cold October day, children were exercising on the gleaming floor of Powell Bilingual Elementary in Washington, DC’s Petworth neighborhood. It was an overcast, rainy day but the school’s picture windows allowed the natural light to pour in and highlight all of primary colors of student’s artworksome of which featured maps naming countries in English and Spanish and drawings of Frida Kahlo. 
10/12/2015
by Laura Bliss
October 12, 2015
 
Like many districts in the U.S., Chicago’s public school system offers open enrollment. If parents or kids are dissatisfied with their default neighborhood school, they can choose another one to attend among many options: magnets, charters, other neighborhood schools and more.
10/10/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 10, 2015
 
When Lisa Cain’s second-grade son became bored at his charter school in the District last year, she started searching for a new school. She went to public schools—“about 25 open houses,” she said—and visited a handful of private ones, too.
10/08/2015

by Lyndsey Layton
October 8, 2015

10/08/2015
by Bridget Bowman
October 8, 2015
 
Eight members of the District of Columbia City Council expressed their opposition Thursday to Speaker John Boehner’s bill to reauthorize a DC school voucher program.
 
In a letter sent to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the council members argued the program was ineffective and an affront to local governance.
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