District of Columbia Government

SBOE #DCGradReqs Task Force Continues Work on Making Recommendations

Washington, DC – The SBOE High School Graduation Requirements Task Force will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. During this meeting, the task force will continue to formalize the details of the agreed-upon technical changes to the requirements and discuss a balance between ensuring that all students receive targeted graduation supports without putting undue burden on schools. The task force is set to conclude its work by next month. […]

GIVING HIGH SCHOOL kids focused mentoring and hands on experience, ComEd mentors showed students from across Chicago how to provide solar power to people in need while they assembled Solar Suitcases.
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ComEd focuses on STEM education

In February ComEd launched its Solar Spotlight program, designed to expose African American high school students to opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as part of its annual Black History Month celebration. During ComEd’s Solar Spotlight, more than 60 high school students participated in the two-day educational sessions where they […] […]

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

VIDEO: A humanist approach to teaching kids

In this “Heroes in the Field” blog post and video, co-chair Bill Gates sits down with Sacramento Superintendent Jorge Aguilar in a one-on-one interview in which Aguilar shares his background, his experience connecting students to college options while at Fresno Unified School District, and how he is using data-driven continuous improvement in Sacramento to keep more low-income students and students of color on track to graduation. […]

Betsy DeVos

The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is a Civil Rights Issue

BLACK VOICE NEWS — From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equality—meaningful access to higher education—is particularly urgent. With 65 percent of jobs soon requiring more than a high school diploma, the need is greater than ever, especially for African Americans and other communities of color. […]


COMMENTARY: There is No Black History When Black Students Are Failing – Time For a New Approach

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — It’s the type of thing that occasionally makes Twitter lose its virtual mind, and maybe in a good way. Frederick Joseph, a 29-year old Harlem based activist, took it upon himself to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy advance complimentary tickets for at-risk black youth to see eagerly anticipated hit Marvel Comics’ movie Black Panther. Millions of social media handles in the Black Twitterverse were ecstatic, applauding Joseph for the move. […]

District of Columbia

Students Across Nation March for Gun Control

THE CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — In the Washington area, high school students from DC. Public Schools and from public schools in Maryland marched to the Capitol and then to the White House to demand Congress and the president institute gun control legislation that will keep them safe. The march was organized by students from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., and Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Montgomery County, Md., in response to the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla. […]