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 Sarah D. Sparks
April 26, 2016

Despite what Star Trek's Mr. Spock would have you think, emotions are not the enemy of reason. Rather, new research suggests emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom.


by Andrew Giambrone
April 26, 2016

From 2011 to 2012, roughly eight percent of the District's children had a parent who had been in jail or prison at some point in that child's life, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Read more: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2016/04/26/report-close-to-10000-d-c-kids-have-a-parent-whos-been-incarcerated/


by Cory Turner, Kevin McCory, Lisa Worf, Sarah Gonzalez, Kirk Carapezza, Claire McInerny
April 25, 2016


by Ashley Dejean
April 22, 2016

In response to concerns that funding for DC's at-risk students is being spent inappropriately, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says critics should keep the big picture in mind.

About half the money set aside for at-risk students in public schools went to general purposes like arts, athletics and even custodial supplies, according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. At a DC Council hearing Thursday, Henderson explained that she has a different philosophy about what works best.


by Andrew Giambrone
April 22, 2016

At-Large DC Councilmember David Grosso has scheduled a hearing in June on the Bowser administration's efforts to ensure water at schools is potable.

At a hearing Thursday, administrators acknowledged that sources of water at three schools had to be shut off due to positive testing for heightened levels of lead this year. Those schools were Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, Miner Elementary and Payne Elementary, located across the District. Grosso says he's worried about the harms the lead could have on student health.


by Beth Stone
April 22, 2016


by Perry Stein
April 19, 2016

DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson solicited a donation from a major food service contractor two months after a whistleblower lawsuit accused the company of swindling millions of dollars from the school system, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press.


by Madeline Will
April 18, 2016

Teacher evaluations based on student test scores are widely unpopular among educators, according to a survey released this weekend by a public schools advocacy group. 

According to the findings, a majority of teachers say current evaluation systems have deteriorated their relationships with parents, students, administrators and other teachers. Some teachers participating even reported taking medication for anxiety because of the stresses of the systems.


by Cory Turner, Reema Khrais, Tim Lloyd, Alexandra Olgin, Laura Isensee, Becky Vevea, Dan Carsen
April 18, 2016

Let's begin with a choice.
Say there's a check in the mail. It's meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639?
It's not a trick question. It's the story of America's schools in two numbers.


by NCLD Public Policy & Advocacy team
April 15, 2016

Now, more than ever, schools, districts and states are exploring and using personalized learning in classrooms all over the country. When schools and teachers personalize learning, students–including students with disabilities–receive a customized learning experience.

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