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
July 28, 2016
A Maryland couple who fraudulently enrolled three children in top DC public schools for a decade must pay the city more than $500,000 in fines, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday.
The parents, both DC police officers, lived at various locations in Maryland and Virginia while their children attended DC schools between 2003 and 2013, according to the attorney general’s office.

by Perry Stein
July 27, 2016

The cost of living in any big city — let alone Washington, D.C. — has jumped so high that many teachers and other local government workers can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve.


 by Ally Schweitzer
July 26, 2016

The creative industry is a significant player in D.C.’s economy, making up 5 percent of businesses in D.C., according to a study by Americans for the Arts. That’s higher than the national average. But over the last two years, city officials and leaders in the local arts community have been laying the foundation for a long-term plan to further stimulate arts and culture.

Read more here: wamu.org/news/16/07/25/dc_cultural_plan


 by John B. King Jr.
July 26, 2016

The return on investment in American education to individuals and to society at large has been growing in both relative and absolute terms since 1980.

It is well known that, statistically, people who are well-educated earn substantially more, pay more in taxes, are less likely to be unemployed, live longer, are healthier, and are more likely to vote.


by Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Across the country, parents who want greater opportunities for their children are stepping up to become civic leaders, and the field of parent leadership development is growing along with them. New initiatives are cropping up through-out the United States to ensure that families can acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates.


 by Perry Stein
July 25, 2016

Kai Curtis, 17, waited on the crowded platform at Metro Center on Thursday for a train to take him to the Commerce Department in the heart of Washington. He stood with three high school classmates who also were taking Metro to downtown jobs.


by K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard
July 22, 2016


 by Sarah Tully
July 19, 2016

Parents in the District of Columbia's school system made decisions about where to send their children to school based on how the schools' racial makeup matched their own children, along with distance and academic performance, a new study shows.


 by Perry Stein
July 17, 2016

Antwan Williams, 19, was pulling from his newly established real estate lexicon. A community land trust, he explained, is when a nonprofit organization is formed to manage a piece of property on behalf of the community.
Then, there are “assets” and “stakeholders.” And he quickly learned that he can’t build anything for the city without getting "community input."


 by Perry Stein
July 17, 2016

Summer school is no longer just for students who are required to enroll in remedial education.

National and local advocates say the hot months — which for many conjure images of beaches, pools and lazy days — exacerbate the achievement gap and lead to significant “summer brain drain,” with students losing academic skills while away from school.

So families are enrolling their children in academic-focused summer programs to stay on track or get ahead for the coming school year.

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