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02/07/2016

by David Smith
February 7, 2016

It was once notorious as the murder capital of the US. In 1991, when George HW Bush occupied its most famous residence, a record 482 homicides were perpetrated in Washington DC.

By 2012, the total had dropped to 88, but a worrying resurgence since then has left local politicians searching for fresh solutions. One came up with something both unexpected and provocative: pay people not to commit crimes.

02/06/2016

by DeNeen L. Brown
February 6, 2016

The District’s placement of homeless families in motels has a long and storied history, beginning in the 1980s, when the District began contracting with motels for emergency shelter of homeless families with children.

In 1984, after DC voters passed Initiative 17, a law guaranteeing overnight shelter to the homeless, the number of families seeking shelter in the city exploded.

02/05/2016

by Andrew Giambrone
February 5, 2016

At the end of her administration's "Education Week," Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that a pair of buildings where traditional public schools used to operate would come up for solicitation by public charter schools in March.

02/05/2016

by Christina Sturdivant
February 5, 2016

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced two initiatives today to cap off Education Reform Week.

02/05/2016

by Perry Stein
February 5, 2016

Legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress would force Washington, DC to use local taxpayer money to fund a school voucher program that many city officials have long said they oppose.

02/04/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
February 4, 2016

Former DC mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) will return to politics in the nation’s capital with a run for the Ward 7 council seat, two months after federal prosecutors ended an investigation into Gray’s 2010 campaign.

Gray, who lost the 2014 Democratic mayoral primary to Muriel E. Bowser, formally announced his decision Thursday during an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM (88.5).

02/03/2016

by Abigail Hauslohner
February 3, 2016

Say goodbye to long summer breaks, at least in a wide swath of Southeast Washington. Starting next fall, nearly 4,000 students in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods will attend school year-round.

Ten DC public schools will move to extended-year schedules next fall, city officials said Wednesday, the latest push by the District to embrace a learning calendar used at more than half of the city’s charter schools.

02/03/2016

by Benjamin Herold
February 3, 2016

Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders.

Read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1

02/03/2016

by Andrew Giambrone
February 3, 2016

School will still be out for summer, but it won't be out forever.

02/03/2016

by Kavitha Cardoza
February 3, 2016

A long-standing challenge in education is the dreaded “summer slide,” where children—especially those from low income families—lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year while they’re on vacation.

Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) says he visited Cooke Elementary recently, where he said the principal told him this was a “huge problem.”

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