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07/01/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
July 1, 2015
 
The District government has failed to adequately monitor its school modernization program, leading to violations of multiple laws designed to improve transparency and accountability, according to a report being released Wednesday by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor.
The report, covering fiscal years 2010 through 2013 and $1.2 billion in spending, found that the Department of General Services and D.C.
06/30/2015
 
by Amara Pinnock 
June 30, 2015
 
I teach at a school in Ward 8, and every day I drive past dilapidated school buildings in the area. When I attend professional development seminars in school buildings in other parts of the city, they look nothing like the building I teach in. Those schools have amenities that, unfortunately, my school building in Ward 8 doesn’t claim: walls to separate each classroom, new doors in all of the doorways, ample technology for each classroom, and no sign of rodents.
06/28/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler
June 28, 2015
 
Weeks after the largest food vendor for the District’s public school system agreed to pay $19 million to settle a lawsuit alleging mismanagement and fraudulent conduct, the D.C.
06/25/2015
 
by Natalie Wexler
June 25, 2015
 
Standardized tests, which have proliferated in classrooms in DC and elsewhere in recent years, have led teachers to concentrate on reading and math at the expense of subjects like social studies and science. And while the tests have value, they generally don't improve instruction or boost learning.
 
Testing not only takes significant amounts of time away from instruction, it also influences what gets taught.
06/24/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler 
June 24, 2015
 
Children in the District are disproportionately exposed to traumatic experiences, including poverty, homelessness and gun violence, that affect their ability to learn, a new report finds.
 
But schools can help them by training teachers and employees to be responsive to their emotional needs, according to the report released by the D.C.
06/23/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler 
June 22, 2015
 
The District’s education leaders emphasized the progress that they have made in reforming the city’s schools in recent years but acknowledged Monday that they must increase efforts to improve prospects for thousands of underperforming students.
 
“It’s no secret we need to do more,” Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson testified before the D.C.
06/19/2015
 
by Karla Scoon Reid
June 19, 2015
 
More than 40 researchers, practitioners, and advocates will meet with a variety of funders and corporate leaders June 20 in Los Angeles to brainstorm solutions to barriers that impede the growth of promising parent-engagement strategies.
 
The Eva Longoria Foundation, a Los Angeles-based foundation that is dedicated to empowering Latinas through education and entrepreneurship, is hosting the daylong meet
06/18/2015
 
by Andrew Campella 
June 18, 2015
 
The study analyzes news coverage of education and schools over the past quarter century. It is the first-ever report to evaluate detailed, long-term trends in education reporting. 
 
06/18/2015
 
by Michael Alison Chandler 
June 18, 2015
 
Irene Holtzman, a longtime director of KIPP DC was named the new executive director of FOCUS, an active advocacy organization for charter schools in the District.
 
She will replace Robert Cane, who has led the organization for 16 years, as charter schools emerged from a fledgling movement to enrolling 44 percent of public school students in the city.
 
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06/18/2015
 
by Natalie  Wexler
June 18, 2015
 
Teachers at high-poverty schools often struggle with behavior problems caused by students’ mental health issues. One solution is to provide mental health services in schools, as a company formed by two clinical psychologists is now doing in DC.
 
Education reformers have tended to focus on what goes on inside classrooms, saying that poverty is no excuse for low expectations.
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