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.


by Perry Stein
April 7, 2016

Rose Frumkin Benson couldn’t figure out what she was doing wrong. It was her first year teaching at AppleTree Institute, and the preschool’s principal wouldn’t stop making unannounced visits to her classroom.

Sometimes he’d observe from the corner. Other times he’d jump in and play with the children. And there were occasions when he would teach a lesson of his own.


by Joe Weedon
April 5, 2016


by Perry Stein
April 4, 2016

Hallie Martinez stood in front of a large easel reading foreign letters that, a few months ago, would have looked like just a bunch of random squiggly lines to her.

But now, Hallie, 5, was singing the sounds of those Arabic letters aloud to her kindergarten classmates.

“Monteza!” the class responded, telling her in Arabic that she had done “excellent” work.


by LaToya Foster and Shayne Wells
April 1, 2016


by Andrew Ujifusa
April 1, 2016

When Congress approved the creation of a U.S. Department of Education as its own cabinet-level agency in 1979, it did so only after encountering opposition from both sides of the aisle. Many conservative lawmakers were concerned that it would be a bureaucratic intrusion into education, while some liberals were worried its creation would make getting additional federal aid for education more difficult, among other concerns.


by Christina Sturdivant
April 1, 2016

More than half of DC students who entered the citywide school lottery have a better idea of where they'll hit the books this fall. In its third year, the My School DC lottery let families choose between more than 200 academic routes including most DC charter schools, all DC Public Schools pre-kindergarten 3 and PK4 programs, out-of-boundary schools, and selective high schools. Families were able to rank up to 12 schools for each child.


by Emily Langer
March 31, 2016

Shirley M. Hufstedler, a California jurist who was the highest-ranking female judge on the federal bench before President Jimmy Carter selected her in 1979 as the first U.S. education secretary, died March 30 at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. She was 90.


by Nevin Martell
March 31, 2016

A year ago, Richard Reyes-Gavilan was standing in an upstairs dining room at the Hamilton, a trendy downtown eatery. He’d come to talk to a roomful of business owners and civic leaders about that building.


by Perry Stein
March 30, 2016

The number of children living in the District is increasing. That’s good news for the city’s public schools, which have long been considered under-enrolled.

The conventional wisdom went that you got married, had kids and—if you could afford to—moved out of the District when they reached school age for public schools in the suburbs. That, however, appears to be slowly changing.


by Michael Levenson
March 29, 2016

At Beers Elementary School, the PTA hosts a daddy-daughter dance, a fish fry and an art auction to raise money.

But this school’s efforts to involve parents start even before the first day of classes, when teachers visit parents at home and build a rapport by asking about their hopes and dreams for their children.

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