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.

12/02/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 2, 2014  

As Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) prepares to take office next month, there are many questions about what changes the transition will bring to the city’s efforts to reform public schools.

One of the biggest unknowns is what will happen to the DC Council’s two-year-old Education Committee that has been chaired by council member David A. Catania (I - At large).

12/02/2014

by Sarah Anne Hughes
December 2, 2014 

A recent column written by Jay Matthews and published by the Washington Post put forth a question with heavy implications from a retired DC public school teacher: Are charter lotteries really random?

12/02/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 2, 2014

12/01/2014

by Denisa R. Superville
December 1, 2014

In the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education, under Secretary Arne Duncan, has trained its efforts on principals by rolling out a series of initiatives that build on the growing body of research underscoring the role they play in schools' success.

12/01/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
December 1, 2014  

Jimell Sanders and Antawan Holmes started looking at schools before their daughter, now 15 months old, was born. They wanted to find a school that emphasized foreign languages.

12/01/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
November 6, 2014  

The children assembled in H.D. Cooke Elementary School’s gymnasium Thursday morning were greeted in Thai as well as English.

“Good morning! . . . Sa-wad-dee kah!” said Saroj Thanasunti, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Thai Embassy. He asked the DC students whether they had visited his country. When no hands went up, he offered a few quick facts: Thailand is in Asia. The head of state is a king. And the national animal is an elephant.

11/25/2014

by Stephen Sawchuk
November 25, 2014

Teacher colleges would need to provide proof of their graduates’ classroom skills in helping advance student learning, under proposed rules issued November 25 by the U.S. Department of Education.

11/09/2014

by Nick Anderson
November 9, 2014

On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her DC classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”

But they set aside Emily Bronte’s 19th-century novel one morning last week at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, instead spending precious class time on an urgent task: applying to college.

11/08/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
November 8, 2014

The DC public school system is poised to dramatically expand its science, technology, engineering and math offerings, thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from Lockheed Martin. The Bethesda-based global security and aerospace company announced Friday that it has committed $6 million to Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit STEM curriculum provider, to train teachers and build programs in urban school districts, starting with DC Public Schools.

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