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11/14/2013

In First Debate of 2014 DC Mayoral Race, Ethics and the Incumbent are Recurring Themes
by Aaron Davis
November 14, 2013

The District’s nascent mayoral race sprang to life Wednesday night with the six Democrats vying to replace Mayor Vincent Gray jumping at their first chance to debate one another other in front of a live audience.

11/13/2013

Nia Community Public Charter School’s Ex-Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
by Emma Brown
November 13, 2013

The former executive director of a DC public charter school admitted in federal court Wednesday that she embezzled $29,000 in school funds, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr.’s office.

11/13/2013

DC Council, Mayor Spar Over $100,000 Scholarships for Public School Students
by Aaron Davis
November 13, 2013

Students, teachers and school administrators showered praise Wednesday on a DC lawmaker’s plan to give high school graduates as much as $100,000 each in taxpayer money for college as a powerful incentive to keep at-risk kids in class.

11/12/2013

Conferences Are Just Part of the Equation
by Kristin Ehrgood
November 12, 2013

For kids to succeed in school, families and teachers must work together. Parent-teacher conferences are an important chance to do just that -- but schools often waste that chance, and families leave with little or no useful information to help their students. Worse, some families just give up and do not attend at all.

11/12/2013

Harmony Charter School Seeks to Expand to DC; Business Practices Raised Questions
by Emma Brown
November 12, 2013

The largest charter school operator in Texas, an organization with a solid academic record but lingering allegations of connections to a controversial Muslim cleric, is seeking to expand to the District next year.

11/12/2013

New Report Cards for DC Students to Provide More Information, Suggestions for Parents
by Carissa DiMargo
November 12, 2013

A newly redesigned, four-page report card for students in DC Public Schools includes more information about each student's progress and suggestions for parents.

DCPS officials say the report cards—designed in conjunction with families, principals and teachers—are easier to understand and offer more guidance on what steps parents can take to augment their children's learning at home.

11/10/2013

The Download: DC Upstart Edbacker Aims to Bring Crowdfunding to the Classroom
by Steven Overly
November 10, 2013

Crowdfunding, meet the classroom.

District-based upstart Edbacker aims to bring the burgeoning practice of crowdfunding to K-12 education by allowing teachers and school administrators to raise money for equipment, field trips and school projects via the Web.

11/08/2013

Amid Testing Gains, DC Students Exhibit Achievement Gaps
by Emma Brown
November 8, 2013

Students in the District’s public schools made significant gains in math and reading achievement during the past two years, including progress among black, white, Hispanic and low income students, according to national exam results released this week.

11/08/2013

DC Public Charter School Board Releases Charter Rankings
by Emma Brown
November 8, 2013

About one-third of the DC charter schools subject to annual performance rankings are high-performing “Tier 1” schools, according to data the DC Public Charter School Board released Friday.

More than half of the schools—54 percent—are in mid performing Tier 2. And eight schools, or 12 percent of the city’s ranked charters, are low performing and in Tier 3. Sixty eight schools were ranked.

11/07/2013

U.S. Math, Reading Achievement Edges Up, But Gaps Remain
by Catherine Gewertz
November 7, 2013 

The reading and mathematics achievement of the country’s 8th grade students improved in the last two years, but the performance of 4th graders remains stubbornly mixed, with progress in math, but not in reading, according to national test data released Thursday.

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