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by Natalie Wexler
January 12, 2016
DC education officials are planning to grant high school diplomas to adults who complete high school equivalency programs. But some members of the DC State Board of Education have challenged one program’s rigor, raising the question: What does a DC high school diploma actually signify?
Adults in DC who pass the GED exam currently receive a certificate, not a high school diploma.

by Perry Stein
January 10, 2016

Ben Williams had 30 minutes to convince a group of eighth-grade boys that they should go to a high school without any girls.

The 6-foot, 36-year-old towered over the eight black teenagers seated in the middle school library. He asked what they thought when they saw him.

The students scanned Williams’s blue fitted suit, his leather loafers and coordinating caramel-colored belt. They hesitated just a few seconds before they started raising their hands.

“A leader,” one said.


by Andrew Giambrone
January 7, 2016

This summer, up to 400 DC Public Schools students and staff will travel across 12 countries as part of the system's first-ever study abroad initiative.

DCPS Global Education is organizing short-term language-immersion, service and leadership trips for 8th and 11th grade students that will last from eight to 19 days. The trips, which run from June to July, are open to students who take a World Language course; they cover South America, Europe and China, emphasizing global citizenship.


by Megan Cloherty
January 4, 2016

There are changes in store for DC parents applying to the city’s public school lottery.

Those with the youngest students may not encounter a waiting list for Pre-K, and those with teenagers have a few new school options when ranking preferences for their children.

Catering only to teens of color, the Empowering Males High School is one of a few new programs in DC Public Schools.

by Christina Sturdivant
December 21, 2015
Five months after the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) embattled food supplier up and quit, the system is officially soliciting proposals for a new Food Service Management Company.
by The Center for Education Reform
December 17, 2015
Somebody owes John Boehner an apology. The former House Speaker was routinely attacked as a faux conservative who sold out the conservative agenda. Well, Mr. Boehner is gone and the agenda-setting has been left to Members and their committees. One embarrassing result is that the end-of-year omnibus spending bill puts a big question mark over a rare conservative education victory: the D.C.

by David Pickens
December 18, 2015

by Arianna Prothero
December 17, 2015
For an education movement that’s grown exponentially over the past two decades and scored legislative and legal victories in more than 40 states, the Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling in September that charter schools are unconstitutional came as a major blow.
Since then, national advocates have been weighing what impact that decision could have on charter schools in other states.
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 16, 2015
DC’s deputy mayor for education on Wednesday announced the members of a forthcoming task force that will be charged with developing policy recommendations to improve coordination between the District’s charter and traditional schools.
The group will be co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and former mayor Anthony Williams.
by Michael Alison Chandler
December 15, 2015
Donald Hense, founder and chief executive of Friendship Public Charter Schools, plans to retire this summer after nearly two decades building one of the largest charter network in the District.
The longtime educator said he plans to step down at the end of June, days before his 74th birthday, but he will stay on as chairman of the board of directors. He plans to remain a regular presence in the schools as a reading partner for young students.
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