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09/26/2016

 by Moriah Balingit
September 26, 2016

Preparing for kindergarten is already a process fraught with stress for many parents, who agonize over whether they — or their children — are ready and whether they have done enough to prepare their children for an introduction to school that has become far more academically rigorous.

D.C. School Reform Now provides help to low-income families, assigning parents an advocate who guides them through the process, hoping to give them the same edge that affluent and middle-class families have.

09/25/2016

 by Alejandra Matos
September 25, 2016

Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood.

So she is headed to Botswana.

Cunningham will spend three months researching the music of the African country and plans to return to Washington and write a new curriculum for her music classes, aimed at expanding her students’ global perspectives.

09/15/2016

 By Eric Westervelt
September 15, 2016

The good news: There's an uptick in the hiring of new teachers since the pink-slip frenzy in the wake of the Great Recession.

The bad news: The new hiring hasn't made up for the teacher shortfall. Attrition is high, and enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen some 35 percent over the past five years — a decrease of nearly 240,000 teachers in all.

09/12/2016

By Daarel Burnette II
September 12, 2016

The stakes for K-12 policy in this year's state-level elections couldn't be clearer: Whoever voters pick in the legislative and gubernatorial races will have significant new leverage in shaping states' education agendas in the years ahead.

09/09/2016

By Alejandra Matos
September 9, 2016

School districts across the country are increasing access to high-level course work — including AP and dual-credit courses — especially for students who have not historically had access to the advanced classes that aim to mimic college work. Experts say such courses can be key to preparing students for the demands of college even if students don’t pass, which is in line with nationwide efforts to get high school graduates ready for higher education and careers.

09/06/2016

 by Catherine Gewertz
September 6, 2016
 

The popularity of dual-enrollment programs has soared nationally as high school students clamor to try college-level work. But the movement is dogged by questions about one of its key selling points: that students can get a jump-start on college by transferring those credits.

08/31/2016

 by Jonathan Wilson
August 31, 2016

For the 2017-18 school year, Maryland students won't be back in the classroom until after Labor Day. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the change Wednesday on the Ocean City boardwalk, saying it would be an economic boost for the state. One of the supporters of the new policy is a high-ranking Democrat, state Comptroller Peter Franchot. He speaks with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson about what Hogan wants to achieve with the move.

08/31/2016

 by Emma Brown
August 31, 2016

The Obama administration released draft rules Wednesday that would govern how school districts allocate billions of Title I dollars meant to educate poor children, one of Capitol Hill’s most hotly contested education issues since Congress passed a new federal education law late last year.

08/30/2016

 by Emma Brown
August 30, 2016

Charter school advocates have long argued that charters are public schools because they are tuition-free, open-enrollment institutions funded primarily with tax dollars. But union leaders and other critics describe charters as private entities that supplant public schools, which are run by elected officials, with nonprofit and for-profit corporations that are run by unelected boards that are unaccountable to voters.

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