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A Greener, Healthier Capital

Maggie Gyllenhaal | Posted 04.11.2014 | DC
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Lauren, founder of DC Greens, is working tirelessly to educate children and parents alike in our nation's capital about the importance of including fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets.

The D.C. Turnaround Story

Richard Whitmire | Posted 03.01.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Having a mix of low-, middle- and high-income students of all races and ethnicities is something to be cheered, not feared. The school districts in the country making the most progress with low-income students, places such as Tampa, Charlotte and Long Beach, have middle-class kids in the mix.

Joy Resmovits

Minor Glitch Leads To Major Criticism Of Michelle Rhee's Signature Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

The evaluations of 44 Washington public school teachers -- out of 4,000 -- were compromised by an outside contractor, an email from a D.C. official to...

The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Shaun Johnson

My title is kindergarten teacher. It may be the most difficult work I've ever done.

The Closest Thing We Have to a Panacea

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This week there is some good news from D.C. in the midst of all the dismal Congressional news on the shutdown. Over the last several years, D.C. has made a series of decisions that have made the city a model of best practices for its youngest children.

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

Obama Meeting Emphasizes Need for Urban Debate in D.C. Public Schools

Todd Fine | Posted 10.27.2013 | DC
Todd Fine

It is a shame that the nation's capital, with so many former debaters active in politics, media, and law, has few debate opportunities in its public schools.

DC Schools: Crediting Success, Confronting Challenge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.04.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Chancellor Henderson and her team of teachers and administrators are on the right track, and they deserve as much support as the city and community can muster to stay the course toward improvement. Now is hardly the time to destabilize the system once again by forcing a different reform plan.

D.C. Council and School Reform: First, Do No Harm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

We all can agree that the status quo is unacceptable. But we also need to agree that continuing destabilization of school leadership, and ongoing power struggles over the authority to control and direct the schools, only distracts from academic improvement and threatens further delay in real reform.

Joy Resmovits

Rhee Cheating Investigation Dregs Up Old Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Michelle Rhee took over Washington, D.C., public schools, and nearly three years after she left her position as chancellor,...

School Vacations and the Achievement Gap: Breaking the Connection

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

As a community we need to think broadly about solutions that will allow students to take a break from school without pushing poor families to their breaking points.

How Mayor Gray Is Failing DC Public Schools

Michael Shank | Posted 02.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

There is nothing radical about closing schools. A "radical" approach would have been for Rhee to tackle poverty and unemployment in D.C., a far more effective method of advancing early childhood education.

Jon Ward

Eric Cantor Wants To Rescue GOP's 'Lost' Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) entered the 10th-grade classroom at a private school in the Petworth neighborhood of the na...

Only Four In Ten D.C. Third Graders Are Proficient Readers, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Only four in 10 D.C. third-graders are proficient readers and even fewer are proficient in math, according to a report release Monday. According to...

Nation's Capital Considers Dropping U.S. Government High School Grad Requirement

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

In an ironic twist, public school leaders in the nation's capital are considering allowing its high school students to graduate without taking an adva...

Behind Frontline's Michelle Rhee Documentary

| Alexander Russo | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of This Week In Education. How fascinating to wake up and find out that Adell Cothorne (pictured), the Noyes Elemen...

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Tops Rhee Education Report Card

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- Louisiana is ranked number one on an education score card. The Bayou State's surprising achievement comes thanks to Michelle Rhee's Studen...

A New Low in D.C. Politics

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.10.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

While many employers can agree on the justice objective of hiring returning citizens generally, the legislative specifics are very important to avoid the kinds of problems that Marion Barry's proposed legislation on ex-offenders presented.

Yo-Yo Ma Heads To Anacostia

Posted 12.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A ticket to see Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center on Monday night started at $50 and went up to $175. But for a few lucky elementary school...

D.C. Public Schools Help Launch 'One Million Kids' Anti-Bullying Campaign

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.15.2013 | DC
Rep. Mike Honda

I encourage new members to join me in the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and continue to build further coalitions with our youth, communities, educators and elected officials as we address and diminish this issue.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Proposes Closing 20 City Schools By Next Year

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Twenty D.C. Public Schools have been targeted for closure before the next school year, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday. Per the Washin...

How Do We Keep The 'Irreplaceable' Teachers From Leaving?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

In a follow-up to its report on teacher retention titled The Irreplaceables, The New Teacher Project examined retention patterns in the District of Co...

Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education

Tim Krepp | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tim Krepp

Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward.

Nearly 400 Teachers Have Been Fired In D.C. Since 2009

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 11.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Tough new teacher evaluations led to a strike this month in Chicago, but in the District of Columbia, such evaluations are "busines...

School Reform and the Lives of Girls

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.20.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

School reform will not succeed in the absence of a comprehensive agenda to address the conditions of poverty, homelessness, parental illiteracy, drug abuse, hunger and violence that leave children abandoned and debilitated on the margins of this society.