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Saturday
18
February

DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited -- and they are not having it

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Newly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a hard time getting inside the District’s Jefferson Middle School Academy last week when protesters briefly blocked her from entering. But at the end of her visit — her first to a public school since taking office — she stood on Jefferson’s front steps and pronounced it “awesome.”

Wednesday
15
February

AFT President Urges Big-City Mayors to Shield Immigrant Students, Families

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is calling on the nation's big-city mayors to set up safe havens for immigrants after federal agents arrested nearly 700 undocumented residents in a series of raids conducted over the past week.

Child advocates say the recent immigration sweeps and future actions on immigration policy by the Trump administration could disrupt home lives, separate families, and have a "chilling effect" on children and communities. The raids could be just the first step in President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Monday
9
January

Teachers unions mount campaign against Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick

Monday, January 9, 2017
National teachers unions are mounting an aggressive campaign against Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, arguing that she is an ideological extremist with a record of undermining the public schools her department would oversee.
Sunday
8
January

For liberal groups, inauguration weekend will be a time to organize against Trump

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Liberal organizations plan to use inauguration weekend to mobilize activists for a four-year effort, capitalizing on the left-leaning crowds expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington and other demonstrations critical of President-elect Donald Trump.
Thursday
5
January

Can gentrifying Ward 4 support two new middle schools? D.C. will soon find out.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
D.C. leaders say they will open a middle school in the city’s Takoma neighborhood in 2019 to feed into the under-enrolled Coolidge High School — the latest push in the city’s effort to keep families in D.C. Public Schools beyond the elementary grades.
Sunday
18
December

Alternative high schools are giving D.C. students another shot at graduation

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Luke C. Moore High School might not be typical, but the students there have the same big dreams as other D.C. public school students.
Saturday
10
December

Teacher to Trump's education pick: Let's 'address the elephant in the room.' It's you.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The selection of Betsy DeVos by President-elect Donald Trump as his education secretary nominee has been attacked by public school advocates who see her longtime support for school “choice” and private Catholic education as evidence that she does not support America’s public education system. In this post, that sentiment is explained by an educator who has written an open letter to DeVos.

Thursday
8
December

Groups want D.C. Public Schools chancellor pick to equalize achievement

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Parents, teachers, union leaders and education activists greeted Mayor Muriel Bowser’s nominee for D.C. Public Schools chancellor at a public legislative hearing on Thursday with a single directive: Close the achievement gap.

Sunday
27
November

Low-performing high school requires college-level course for graduation

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Very few public high schools in the United States require that all students take a college-level Advanced Placement course, and Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest Washington is one of the least likely ever to do so.

Monday
21
November

Election Postscript: Rejecting Hate and Economic Inequity

Monday, November 21, 2016
The recent presidential election revealed a deeply divided and disaffected America. While Donald Trump won the electoral vote and, therefore, the election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by well over 1 million votes. Since the election, we have seen incidents of bias and bullying that invoke the president-elect’s name and slogans. For many Americans, this is a frightening time; Trump must use his unique position to quell this dangerous climate.
Thursday
17
November

Advocacy group warns fellow Democrats: Don't become Trump's education secretary

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Among the many names swirling about as potential picks for the next education secretary are several Democrats, prompting a prominent Democratic education advocacy group to issue a warning to fellow party members: Don’t work for President-elect Donald Trump.

Thursday
3
November

Report: Closing achievement gaps should be priority for D.C. schools chancellor

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The new chancellor for D.C. Public Schools should be someone who is deeply committed to closing achievement gaps in the District, according to a community engagement report released this week by the search committee.

Monday
31
October

One of Michelle Obama's legacies in D.C.? This nonprofit.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Sarah Holway awoke one morning to a surprise: The art teacher’s D.C. school had been selected to help first lady ­Michelle Obama break ground later that day on a vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

Friday
21
October

Breaking News: @NAACP calls for national moratorium on charters

Friday, October 21, 2016

I don’t believe that this has been reported anywhere else. Last week at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, the delegates voted in a new resolution on charter schools. It’s approval as policy will not be official until the National Board meeting in the Fall of 2016. However, this is a big news story that (I suspect because of the political conventions) has not yet entered the traditional media.

Thursday
22
September

School Nurses: Going Extinct in DC?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The school nurse situation as we DC residents have known (and loved/hated) it will be no longer come January 2017, barring changes by the mayor and/or council.

Friday
16
September

An urban school serving needy kids posted big test gains. How did they do it?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Many students at Ketcham Elementary are homeless, and 88 percent are considered at risk.

Wednesday
14
September

D.C. charter school wins $10 million prize to redesign high school

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
When the Washington Leadership Academy opened its doors for the first time last month, it hoped students would be inspired not only by the stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings of the former seminary building it occupies but also by the unique brand of education inside its classrooms.
Wednesday
14
September

America has a teacher shortage, and a new study says it's getting worse

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The United States is facing its first major teacher shortage since the 1990s, one that could develop into a crisis for schools in many parts of the country, according to a new study by the Learning Policy Institute, an education think tank.

Thursday
8
September

School informed parents of low-performing students they could opt out of state tests

Thursday, September 8, 2016

As schools were busy readying students for state exams, teachers at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, a high-poverty school in Alexandria, were poring over data to determine which students would probably not do well on the tests.

Friday
2
September

Why did scores drop so dramatically at Wilson and Walls?

Friday, September 2, 2016

The release of PARCC (the annual test taken by DC public school students) scores showed small average increases in PARCC scores across most grades and subjects across the city, coupled with dramatic score drops at Wilson, and School Without Walls. Why the drops?

As I explain below, these scores cannot and should not be regarded as valid for concluding anything about achievement at either school. Validity requires that there is something constant, known, and relevant about the students taking the test this year and last. In the case of these two schools, these conditions are absent.

Friday
2
September

What went wrong at D.C.'s high-achieving Wilson High School?

Friday, September 2, 2016

As parents, community leaders and school officials puzzled over the precipitous drop in standardized test scores at one of the District’s leading public high schools, Emma Buzbee had a logical explanation.

Tuesday
23
August

Three Routine Changers That Will Make You a Better Teacher and the Year More Fun

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We all do it. We get stuck in our routines, not because of how well they work, but because they are comfortable and familiar. Inevitably, though, those routines become ruts. The enthusiasm, creativity, and excitement disappear and you end up doing the same old, same old.

Here are three actions you can take at the beginning of the year that will inspire you to change your practice for the better.

Sunday
21
August

Do Unions Belong in the Fight Against Corporate School Reform?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In the fight for public education, the forces of standardization and privatization are running scared.

They’ve faced more pushback in the last few years – especially in the last few months – than in a decade.

The Opt Out movement increases exponentially every year. Teach for America is having trouble getting recruits. Pearson’s stock is plummeting. The NAACP and Black Lives Matter have both come out strongly against increasing charter schools.

So what’s a corporate education reformer to do?

Answer: Change the narrative.

Tuesday
7
June

State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

WASHINGTON — It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class — and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year.

Tuesday
7
June

Five eye-opening figures from the U.S. Education Department's latest civil rights data dump

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday released a trove of data drawn from surveys of nearly every single one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools. This latest installment of the Civil Rights Data Collection, from the 2013-2014 school year, offers a sobering look at the wide disparities in experience and opportunity that divide the nation’s 50 million students.

Tuesday
17
May

Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Girls outperformed boys on a national test of technology and engineering literacy that the federal government administered for the first time in 2014, according to results made public Tuesday.

Monday
16
May

D.C. Council poised to overhaul mayor's plan for homeless shelters

Monday, May 16, 2016

A supermajority of the D.C. Council on Monday said it will overhaul Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s plan to lease private property for homeless shelters, calling it a waste of tax dollars that would not permanently solve a growing epidemic of homeless families.

Monday
16
May

Education D.C. school leaders, parents call for more volunteers to ensure safe student commutes

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jasmine Seawright, 16, lives in Southeast and rides a Metrobus each day to Richard Wright Public Charter School in Northeast. When she arrives at the bus stop near her school, there’s an adult volunteer waiting for her to ensure she and the other students on the bus arrive safely on campus. If she has to wait for the bus in the afternoon, there’s another volunteer present, supervising the students so nothing goes awry.

Monday
2
May

Teacher Protest Shuts Almost All Detroit Public Schools

Monday, May 2, 2016

An organized teacher “sickout” forced nearly all of Detroit’s public schools to stay closed on Monday after the system’s chief manager said that without more money from the state, he would be unable to pay teachers the salaries they are owed in July and August and summer school would be canceled.

Thursday
28
April

D.C. Is Putting Dollars and Faith Into Volunteer Reading Programs. Can They Close the Achievement Gap?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Billy Cerullo stands at the front of the classroom at Drew Elementary in Ward 7 one chilly morning in January. The fresh-faced 23-year-old wears his work uniform—a blue polo with a red, black, and blue AmeriCorps insignia patch—and writes helpful tips for his team of volunteers-in-training on the blackboard behind him.

Thursday
14
April

Big win for teachers' unions: Tenure in California OK

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In a major victory for teachers’ unions, a state appeals court panel Thursday acted to keep in place state laws providing tenure to educators.

Monday
11
April

The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research

Monday, April 11, 2016

Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as under-researched—as "Maker" education.

The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community.

Saturday
9
April

C4DC Budget Tool & the FY17 DC School Budget Data in Context

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Last year, C4DC published a web tool to help understand DCPS school budgets. We have updated that tool for the FY17 school budgets.

Friday
8
April

Modernize all D.C. schools now

Friday, April 8, 2016

When D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) released her $13.4 billion 2017 budget and five-year financial plan, she said that in a city as prosperous as the District, “every resident deserves a fair shot — no matter who you are or what ward you live in.” She cited the extra $220 million she included to upgrade D.C.’s traditional public schools. Those funds, she said, would ensure “full modernizations” of D.C. Public Schools facilities and that “school modernization is equitable and done right.”

Friday
8
April

Students in Online Credit Recovery Fare Worse Than Peers, Research Finds

Friday, April 8, 2016

High school students who took an online makeup course after failing Algebra I had lower scores, grades, and credit-recovery rates than their peers who took the same course in a traditional face-to-face setting, according to new research from the American Institutes of Research.

Thursday
7
April

Are DCPS Low-Income Schools Shortchanged When It Comes to Supplemental Resources for “At-Risk” Students?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

When the District’s local school funding formula was changed in 2014 to add a new category for low-income students, the intent was to drive additional, targeted resources to DC’s high-poverty students. However, an analysis of the FY 2017 budget shows that nearly half of the “at-risk” funding allocated by DC Public Schools (DCPS) to individual schools is being used to support core functions which are intended to be funded for all schools and should not require dipping into supplemental at-risk funds.

Wednesday
6
April

3 Things School Counselors Want You to Know About Their Jobs

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Counselors: They’re not just for guidance anymore.

Wednesday
6
April

'Relisha Rudd' law would require parents to report missing children

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Relisha Rudd disappeared two years ago - but by the time police heard about it, they say she'd been missing for weeks. 

Wednesday
6
April

Renewed hope: Police continue their search for Relisha Rudd, missing for more than 2 years

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (ABC7) --Search crews fanned out across the U.S. National Arboretum Wednesday, looking for any trace of Relisha Rudd, missing now, for more than two years.

At least 60 police officers and other personnel walked side by side, combing through dense brush and woods on the 400-acre property.

Tuesday
5
April

Teen Who Has Autism Shares How An iPad Let His Voice Be Heard

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

One teen with autism is showing the effect technology has on his life in a new ad campaign. 

Thursday
31
March

11-Year-Old Closes Lemonade Expansion Deal With Whole Foods

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mikaila Ulmer is clearly a businesswoman far beyond her years. At the age of 10, she appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and sold 25 percent of her lemonade business to Daymond John, the founder and CEO of FUBU, for $60,000. Now, she’s signed off on an expansion deal that will see the business that combined her family’s lemonade recipe and her mission to save bees reach new heights.

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