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03/06/2016

by Perry Stein
March 6, 2016

Steve Bumbaugh didn’t know that his star student’s mom was a crack addict. He didn’t know that she was too ashamed to ask anyone for help. And he didn’t know that she declined a college scholarship, which she beat every grim statistic to earn, because she was afraid her mom would overdose if she left home.

03/05/2016

by Derrick Ward
March 5, 2016

Former DC Mayor Vincent Gray publicly kicked off his next campaign on Saturday and stepped back into the crucible of city politics, seeking a position on the DC City Council.

After losing in the primary to current DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Gray has joined the field of candidates vying for the Ward 7 seat on the city council.

Read more: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Vincent-Gray--371167111.html

03/02/2016

by Matthew S. Schartz
March 2, 2016

Each year, parents of 4th-graders at Brent Elementary on Capitol Hill have a decision to make: What to do about middle school?

The question essentially comes a year early. Middle school starts at 6th grade in DC's traditional public school system, but for Brent parents like Amy Harding-Wright, 5th grade is the time to make a move.

Read more: http://wamu.org/news/16/03/02/5th_grade_dropoff

 

03/02/2016

by Andy Smarick
March 2, 2016

If you’re at all interested in Washington, DC schools, you should read this excellent report by David Osborne. It serves as a quick and comprehensive history lesson on the city’s last two decades of reform. It also offers valuable analysis of the current state of play and makes a compelling argument about why things landed where they did.

02/25/2016

by Ashley LiBetti Mitchel
February 25, 2016


Here are a few things you could buy for $24,250:
• 60 iPad Airs
• 44 Apple Watches
• A 2016 Honda Civic and nearly 3,000 gallons of gas for it
• 28 BeyHive-level tickets to Beyoncé’s Formation show in Baltimore
• The requirements for a teaching license

02/25/2016

by Aaron C. Davis
February 25, 2016

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson came to Cuba hoping to learn from the education system in an impoverished nation that claims 100 percent literacy and graduation rates. But when they visited a school on the outskirts of this city, they encountered something quite different from any DC public school.

02/17/2016

Education Week
February 17, 2016

At a time when students of color now comprise a majority in the nation’s schools, the supply of principals, much like the teaching profession, remains overwhelmingly white. In the following interviews, assistant editor Ross Brenneman talks with two principals of color about how they mitigate bias within their schools, infuse cultural competency into instruction and use their life experiences to anchor their leadership.

02/17/2016

by Perry Stein
February 17, 2016

The DC Charter Board has voted unanimously to shutter Potomac Preparatory Charter School in Northeast, saying it has not been meeting necessary performance targets. The school will close at the end of the academic year and its more than 400 students will need to find new schools.

02/17/2016

by Christina Sturdivant
February 17, 2016

DC Public Schools has released its budget priorities for fiscal year 2017 with millions of dollars in new initiatives going toward students who trail behind in walking across the stage.

02/17/2016

by Perry Stein
February 17, 2016

DC schools once again saw a jump in enrollment this academic year, according to final numbers from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Enrollment across all schools — DC Public Schools and charter schools — increased 2.3 percent to 87,344 students.

This is the seventh consecutive year that enrollment numbers have increased in the District.

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