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.

10/19/2015
by Liana Heitin
October 19, 2015
 
High school graduation rates in the United States have hit historic highs, with the most recent numbers from the U.S. Department of Education showing that more than 80 percent of students from the class of 2013 graduated on-time. 
 
But a new analysis finds that the level of coursework needed to earn a high school diploma differs from state to state.
10/14/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 14, 2015
 
Education advocates and charter leaders debated at a hearing Wednesday legislation that would give the DC Public Charter School Board greater authority to see financial records of private management organizations.
 
“Charter schools are public schools,” DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), co-sponsor of the bill, said.
10/12/2015
by Casey Quinlan
October 12, 2015
 
On an unusually cold October day, children were exercising on the gleaming floor of Powell Bilingual Elementary in Washington, DC’s Petworth neighborhood. It was an overcast, rainy day but the school’s picture windows allowed the natural light to pour in and highlight all of primary colors of student’s artworksome of which featured maps naming countries in English and Spanish and drawings of Frida Kahlo. 
10/12/2015
by Laura Bliss
October 12, 2015
 
Like many districts in the U.S., Chicago’s public school system offers open enrollment. If parents or kids are dissatisfied with their default neighborhood school, they can choose another one to attend among many options: magnets, charters, other neighborhood schools and more.
10/10/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 10, 2015
 
When Lisa Cain’s second-grade son became bored at his charter school in the District last year, she started searching for a new school. She went to public schools—“about 25 open houses,” she said—and visited a handful of private ones, too.
10/08/2015

by Lyndsey Layton
October 8, 2015

10/08/2015
by Bridget Bowman
October 8, 2015
 
Eight members of the District of Columbia City Council expressed their opposition Thursday to Speaker John Boehner’s bill to reauthorize a DC school voucher program.
 
In a letter sent to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the council members argued the program was ineffective and an affront to local governance.
10/08/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
10/08/2015
October 8, 2015
by Alyson Klein
 
In his first major speech on education in seven years, philanthropist Bill Gates made it clear Wednesday that his foundation is not backing away from the twin priorities that have defined its K-12 work since 2008—teacher effectiveness and common academic standards—even as both initiatives have sparked a turbulent transformation in the nation’s schools and become deeply politicized.
 
Gates told the foundation’s U.S.
10/08/2015

by Michael Alison Chandler
October 8, 2015

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