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 Michael Q. McShane
August 19, 2014

In the past decade, two overarching trends have had an outsize effect on America's education landscape. The first is the shift in teacher-evaluation policy whereby states are creating new models for measuring the effectiveness of teachers based on standardized-test scores and other objective measures of student outcomes. The second is how entrepreneurial school leaders are rethinking the design and organization of schools and leveraging instructional technology.


by Lesli A. Maxwell
August 19, 2014

America's public schools are on the cusp of a new demographic era. This fall, for the first time, the overall number of Latino, African-American and Asian students in public K-12 classrooms is expected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic whites.

Read the full article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/08/20/01demographics.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1


produced by Arianna Prothero
August 19, 2014


by Emma Brown
August 16, 2014

As the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s chief financial officer, Jeremy L. Williams was responsible for monitoring charter schools’ business practices and ensuring their compliance with rules meant to prevent financial mismanagement.

Instead, he allegedly received $150,000 to help three former managers of Options Public Charter School evade those rules and take millions of taxpayer dollars for themselves, according to a pending civil lawsuit.


by Emma Brown, Michael Alison Chandler, Donna St. George, T. Rees Shapiro and Ovetta Wiggins.
August 15, 2014


by Michael Alison Chandler
August 13, 2014

DC Public Schools announced this week that eight new principals graduated from a fellowship program the school system designed to create an internal pipeline for leaders. 

The rising principals are the first graduates of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, which provides 18 months of training and mentoring for promising DC schools employees who want to become principals.


by Carla Thompson
August 12, 2014

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school? I suggest that families and their communities begin this year working together to focus on transformative family engagement efforts empowering parents and caregivers to be the strongest voices for their children.


by Bernard Fryshman 
August 11, 2014

It is hard to avoid the tone of conviction, even certitude in the national dialogue surrounding teacher quality. We read of states instituting teacher evaluation schemes, new standards of rigor in admissions, licensure contingent on candidate demonstration of specific skills, and increased clinical training as some of the initiatives aimed at ensuring teacher quality. These well-intended efforts are based on reasonable theoretical constructs, and on the assumption that we know what constitutes great teaching.


by Michael Alison Chandler 
August 10, 2014  

The next outpost of one of the country’s best-known high-tech charter school chains will be on a wooded hilltop across the street from an aging public housing development in Anacostia.

School officials recently announced plans for Rocketship’s first DC school: A 54,000-square-foot, two-story building with a glass entrance, outdoor terrace, multiple play areas and nature trails. It is scheduled to open in the 2015-16 school year.


by Neerav Kingsland  
August 8, 2014

The DC mayor’s office has recently released proposals for reworking the decades-old neighborhood school enrollment boundary system. The proposal labeled most “radical” would move the school system away from neighborhood zones toward a geographically broader school assignment process.

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