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by Madeline Will
May 4, 2016

Top educators from across the country gathered at the White House on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day in style.

They mingled in the White House's historic East Room. Nate Ruess, formerly of the band Fun., sang a handful of his hits and covered Elton John's "Rocket Man," much to the delight of the science teachers in the audience. And President Barack Obama gave a speech praising the educators and calling for an increased investment in public education.


by Aaron C. Davis
May 4, 2016

The bankruptcy of a DC nonprofit that dispenses taxpayer funds to after-school and anti- violence programs is fast becoming a campaign headache for both candidates in the city’s most high-profile June ballot contest.


by Alyson Klein
May 3, 2016

Just in time for National Teacher Appreciation Day, the White House is announcing that it's halfway to a goal the president unveiled back in 2011: training 100,000 new science, math, engineering, and technology teachers. The progress is made possible through a web of public-private partnerships, called the  "100kin10" initiative, which was founded with early support from the Carnegie Corporation, plus a pair of federal programs, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and the Teacher Quality Partnerships.


by Perry Stein
May 3, 2016

In the current academic year, 17 water sources at 12 DC public schools tested positive for elevated lead levels. And in recent weeks, the school system has come under fire for not communicating to parents when their children’s school tested positive for the elevated levels.
Now, the District says it is responding with more lead testing out of an “abundance of caution” and vows to be upfront about any elevated levels.


by Sean Kinney
May 2, 2016

Washington, DC, elected officials are considering empaneling a task force to explore provisioning of a public Wi-Fi network geared toward closing the so-called digital divide.

Read more: http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160502/network-infrastructure/wi-fi/washington-d-c-considering-public-wi-fi-network-tag17


by Sarah D. Sparks
May 2, 2016

Reports of the death of public schools may have been premature, if new federal enrollment statistics are anything to go by. 

After relatively flat enrollment through the end of the 2000s, public K-12 enrollment started to tick up again in 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics' Digest of Education Statistics, 2014, the 50th in the the series of annual and biennial reports compiling education data.


by Corey Mitchell
May 2, 2016

Immigrant children living in the United States as unaccompanied minors have been blocked or discouraged from registering for school in at least 35 districts in 14 states, an Associated Press investigation has found.

In the past three years, the federal government has placed more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors with adult guardians in communities nationwide; the children, many of whom are English-language learners from Central American countries, are expected to attend school while they seek legal status in immigration court.


by Robin Lake
May 2, 2016

Authorizers have an essential role to play in ensuring that charter schools follow all special education laws and produce great results for children with disabilities. For that reason, I found some of the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s recent survey results on charter school special education oversight pretty depressing and even alarming.


by Helena Andrews-Dyer
May 1, 2016

The wait is finally over. On Sunday, the White House announced that eldest daughter Malia Obama will attend Harvard University.

But the Sidwell Friends senior, 17, will not be heading to Cambridge, Mass. this coming fall.

“Malia will take a gap year before beginning school,” read the statement from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama released late Sunday morning by the East Wing. This means Malia will not attend Harvard until the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021.


by Peter Hermann, Hamil R. Harris and Emma Brown
April 30, 2016

From the time he was in grade school, Maurice Bellamy struggled to stay focused and control his temper. But within the structure of specialized private schools in Maryland, the young man seemed to show promise.

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