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11/19/2013

Is DCPS Ready to Outsource Middle Schools to Charters?
by Natalie Wexler
November 19, 2013

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told a DC Council committee on Friday that DCPS hasn't succeeded in attracting families to its middle schools and suggested that the District should just funnel middle school students to charter schools. What was she thinking?

11/19/2013

Harmony, Democracy Prep Schools Approved by DC Charter School Board
by Emma Brown
November 19, 2013

Two charter school operators, including a Texas based organization whose business practices have drawn scrutiny, have won permission to open schools in the District next fall.

11/19/2013

DC Preparing a New Unified Enrollment Lottery for its Traditional and Charter Schools
by Emma Brown
November 19, 2013

The majority of the District’s charter schools and all of the city’s traditional public schools plan to participate in a single, unified lottery to determine enrollment for next fall, a shift education officials hope will streamline what has often been a frustrating and chaotic process for families.

11/19/2013

The Lack of Oversight at DC’s School Voucher Program
by Editorial Board
November 19, 2013

11/17/2013

Let’s Celebrate DC Learning Gains, But Let’s Also Keep Things in Perspective
by Jay Mathews
November 17, 2013

It’s no surprise that news of big increases in DC public school scores on the much-respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests has been greeted with as much suspicion as applause. Those who care about DC schoolchildren have been disappointed too many times by gains that were not sustained.

11/15/2013

KIPP DC Embarks on Phase 2 of School Construction in Trinidad 
by Rachel Kaufman
November 15, 2013

KIPP DC has been granted the permits for Phase 2 of its renovation of the Webb school in Trinidad and is on track to open a middle school there in summer 2014.

The popular charter school system already operates more than 10 schools around the District. As of last year, the system had a waiting list of 3,000 students.

11/15/2013

Students Do Well on DC Health, Physical Education Exam
by Emma Brown
November 15, 2013

DC fifth and eighth graders know more about communication and emotional health than they know about the human body and nutrition, according to the results of the city’s second ever standardized test on health and physical education.

High school seniors, meanwhile, correctly answered nearly three out of four questions about sexuality and reproduction but were less well-versed in disease prevention and nutrition.

11/15/2013

Middle Schools Take Center Stage in DC Boundary Debate
by Emma Brown
November 15, 2013

The state of the District’s long struggling middle schools took center stage at a packed DC Council hearing Friday as school leaders discussed the city’s plans to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in more than three decades.

11/15/2013

Does Catania's Scholarship Plan Promise Enough?
by Natalie Wexler
November 15, 2013

Councilmember David Catania has proposed a tuition-assistance program that would help lower income DC students pay for college. So called "Promise" scholarship programs have been tried elsewhere, with mixed success.

11/14/2013

In First Debate of 2014 DC Mayoral Race, Ethics and the Incumbent are Recurring Themes
by Aaron Davis
November 14, 2013

The District’s nascent mayoral race sprang to life Wednesday night with the six Democrats vying to replace Mayor Vincent Gray jumping at their first chance to debate one another other in front of a live audience.

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