District of Columbia

How Washington D.C.’s public schools went from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series of rapid-fire scandals, including one about rigged graduation rates, Washington’s school system has gone from a point of pride to perhaps the largest public embarrassment of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tenure. […]

District of Columbia

The Takeaway | SBOE Education Updates

The DC State Board of Education defines equity in education as ensuring that every student, inclusive of race, religion, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, immigration status, and disability status, has the supports and resources to be successful in school. We believe these supports and resources must be child-centered, evidenced-based, and reflective of the social-emotional and academic needs of the student. […]

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Texas 8th-Grader Karthik Nemmani Wins 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

THE WASHINGTON INFORMER — Although Karthik, 14, didn’t win his regional spelling bee nor his county bee, he withstood the pressure of 18 rounds of back-to-back spelling in Thursday night’s finals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., where he correctly spelled “koinonia” (Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians). […]

District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, DC: Final Update on Report Card Design at ESSA Task Force Meeting

On Tuesday, June 5, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its next Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1117 at 441 4th St NW. Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will provide a final update on the proposed design of the new citywide school report card. Task force members will then break out into committee work related to leadership, academic rigor, school resources and funding equity, and school environment. […]

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Parents of Students with Intellectual Disabilities Fight for Inclusion

THE WASHINGTON INFORMER — “Given the legal mandate, it is surprising that such a large proportion of students are consistently placed in restrictive settings,” said Matthew Brock, an assistant professor of special education at The Ohio State University who worked on the study. Brock’s study will be published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. […]

Steve Harvey at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Afro Newspaper

Steve Harvey Secures nearly $10k for D.C. Boys School

THE AFRO — Thanks to comedian-turned-talk show host Steve Harvey, an office superstore is donating a $5,000 gift card to a Washington, D.C. public charter school for Black and Latino boys that is opening this summer. What’s more, North Star College Preparatory Academy for Boys’ appearance on the show prompted 50 people to donate $4,500 while it was still on, Rictor Craig, the school’s founding director of instruction told the AFRO. […]

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Students, Educators and Parents March on Washington to Demand Action on Gun Violence

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington, D.C. Organized by the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it was a rally by students for students, but they were joined by thousands of educators who amplified their message — #neveragain. Hundreds of sister marches were held across the country and around the world. […]

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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. […]

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. speaks with reporters after the team’s 107-104 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Jan. 10. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
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New Orleans native Kelly Oubre Jr. gives scholarships to 10 students: report

Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. made his only trip to New Orleans this season on Friday (March 9), and he wanted to ensure it was a memorable one. After helping the Wizards walk away with a 116-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center, Oubre presented 10 Cohen College Prep high school with $1,000 scholarships, he told The Washington Post. […]

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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. […]

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SBOE #DCGradReqs Task Force Announces Next Meeting

Washington, DC – The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) announces its next High School Graduation Requirements Task Force meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. During this meeting, the task force will discuss options for improving the preparedness of students for high school coursework, college, and career and talk about potential technical adjustments to the graduation requirements themselves. […]

Afro Newspaper

D.C. Public School Lottery Fast Approaching

THE AFRO — The District of Columbia public school lottery deadline for pre-K through 8th grade students is fast approaching; just as new figures confirm that District public charter schools now educate 47 percent of all D.C. students enrolled in public schools. This vote of confidence in these unique public schools is a tribute to the diversity and strength of the educational programs they offer. […]

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SBOE #DCGradReqs Task Force To Reconvene

Washington, DC – The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) announces its next High School Graduation Requirements Task Force meeting. The task force will resume its work on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. During this meeting, the task force looks to build on new information shared in the recent Alvarez & Marsal report on DC public schools (DCPS) high schools’ attendance and graduation outcomes. […]