DC School Reform Now is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready.

06/18/2015
 
by Andrew Campella 
June 18, 2015
 
The study analyzes news coverage of education and schools over the past quarter century. It is the first-ever report to evaluate detailed, long-term trends in education reporting. 
 
06/18/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler 
June 18, 2015
 
Irene Holtzman, a longtime director of KIPP DC was named the new executive director of FOCUS, an active advocacy organization for charter schools in the District.
 
She will replace Robert Cane, who has led the organization for 16 years, as charter schools emerged from a fledgling movement to enrolling 44 percent of public school students in the city.
 
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06/18/2015
 
by Natalie  Wexler
June 18, 2015
 
Teachers at high-poverty schools often struggle with behavior problems caused by students’ mental health issues. One solution is to provide mental health services in schools, as a company formed by two clinical psychologists is now doing in DC.
 
Education reformers have tended to focus on what goes on inside classrooms, saying that poverty is no excuse for low expectations.
06/17/2015
 
by Moriah Balingit
June 17, 2015
 
The day started with a simple question: What’s your “spark”? The dozen teens, all students at Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights, shared their interests: Hip-hop, football, music, singing and pottery.
 
“Today is all about swag. Your swag, your talent, your spark,” said James Harris, a charismatic and heavily tattooed 25-year-old.
06/16/2015
 
by C.M. Rubin 
June 16, 2015
 
The goal of the Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities conference in Chicago on June 22 to 24 is to expose its participants to successful community engagement strategies. "Parents, families, school counselors, teachers, principals and other community-based partners working collaboratively can improve schooling and student achievement," according to S.
06/16/2015
 
by WTOP Staff
June 16, 2015

The union representing D.C. public educators says that language tucked into the District’s budget bill would prevent the public and the union alike from accessing teacher evaluation results, but city officials dispute that saying the wording applies only to charter schools.

06/16/2015
 
by Martin Levine 
June 11, 2015
 
Public education is funded by a complex mixture of federal, state, and local funding. Some funds are developed and available to be allocated on a per-pupil basis, while other funds are designated for specific purposes, such as capital improvements, special education, transportation, and so forth.
06/15/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
June 15, 2015
 
The Washington Teachers Union and open-government advocates are urgin the DC Council to slow down a vote that would curb access to information related to teacher evaluations, one of the most controversial aspects of education reform efforts in the District.
 
A proposed amendment, included in the Budget Support Act that the council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, would block public record requests for individual education evaluations, "effectiv
06/15/2015
 
by Anya Kamenetz
June 15, 2015
 
A collaborative project across 14 NPR member stations is getting to the roots of a nationwide boost in high school graduation rates.
06/13/2015
 
by Natalie  Wexler 
June 13, 2015
 
For several years, DC Public Schools has been at the forefront of a movement to give students a coherent body of knowledge starting in kindergarten. It's a commendable effort but still a work in progress.
 
Some of DCPS's education reform efforts, such as teacher evaluations and school closures, have drawn a lot of attention. But few people have noticed a fundamental initiative to change what and how teachers teach.
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