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07/13/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 13, 2015

When Lisa Ruda arrived in Washington to help Michelle A. Rhee begin a transformation of D.C. Public Schools, Ruda had less than eight weeks to clear her first major hurdle — preparing the city’s schools for opening day.
07/10/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 10, 2015
 
Parents, alumni and neighbors of Roosevelt High School are pushing D.C.
07/09/2015
 
by Emma Brown
July 9, 2015
 
No Child Left Behind, the much-maligned 2002 federal education law, required schools to ensure that all students were proficient in math and reading by 2014.
 
But what does “proficient” mean? It depends on where you live.
 
A new federal report released Thursday found a huge variation in how states defined “proficiency” on their 2013 standardized tests.
07/08/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 8, 2015
 
The city agency primarily responsible for school modernizations defended its work at a hearing Wednesday before the D.C.
07/04/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 4, 2015
 
More than 10,000 students transferred into or out of the District’s public schools during the 2013-2014 school year, a massive ebb and flow that experts say is linked to lower achievement and faltering graduation rates.
 
The churn was particularly acute in the city’s comprehensive high schools, where rosters grew by as much as 30 percent, according to individual school data on student
07/03/2015
 
by Matthew S. Schwartz
July 3, 2015
 
Eleven years after the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School opened its doors, its first class of seniors graduated last month. Adding one grade a year until you have 12 presented a series of learning opportunities for everyone. The educators had to figure out just how hard they could challenge their students to succeed.
07/03/2015
 
by Matthew S. Swartz
July 3, 2015
 
Eleven years after the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School opened its doors, its first class of seniors graduated last month. Adding one grade a year until you have 12 presented a series of learning opportunities for everyone. The educators had to figure out just how hard they could challenge their students to succeed.
07/02/2015
 
by Nelson Pressley
July 2, 2015
 
The budget passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council includes up to $200,000 in funding for “researching and drafting a first-ever unified cultural plan for the District,” to use language on the Council’s website.
 
How to stimulate a creative economy, increase cultural participation, and identify needs neighborhood by neighborhood are among the questions to be addressed.
07/01/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 1, 2015
 
The District government has failed to adequately monitor its school modernization program, leading to violations of multiple laws designed to improve transparency and accountability, according to a report being released Wednesday by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor.
The report, covering fiscal years 2010 through 2013 and $1.2 billion in spending, found that the Department of General Services and D.C.
06/30/2015
 
by Amara Pinnock 
June 30, 2015
 
I teach at a school in Ward 8, and every day I drive past dilapidated school buildings in the area. When I attend professional development seminars in school buildings in other parts of the city, they look nothing like the building I teach in. Those schools have amenities that, unfortunately, my school building in Ward 8 doesn’t claim: walls to separate each classroom, new doors in all of the doorways, ample technology for each classroom, and no sign of rodents.
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