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Hey Mom and Dad, It's Me, the Son You're Proud of for Being a Teacher... Listen, I May Need to Borrow Some Cash

Vin Testa | Posted 12.14.2013 | DC
Vin Testa

My message to Congress is simple: I don't need to get paid in order to do my job because I love what I do. Why do you?

The Unlikely School Reformer

Richard Whitmire | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Richard Whitmire

These are really hard words for me to write: Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray deserves a lot of credit for improving education in his city.

D.C. Schools: Have You No Shame?

John Thompson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

The Washington Post contrasts reinforcement used at some Washington, D.C. schools in order to motivate students when taking standardized tests, with the negative reinforcement used at another, Wilson Elementary.

Cheating Scandal Grows

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 06.12.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia schools officials say they've found cheating at 11 schools during the last school year. The district's Office...

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.

Jennifer Howard's Review of "Radical" -- More Rave Than Review

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.24.2013 | DC
Elaine Weiss

The level of controversy Michelle Rhee has engendered as a school reformer contrasts sharply with largely unskeptical reviews of her new book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.

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...

LOOK: Obamas Spend Saturday At D.C. Elementary School

AP | Posted 01.19.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants Americans to take time out and volunteer for community service projects to give back to others. Obama is h...

Was Michelle Rhee a Cheater?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The Rhee critics trying to make the sins of some teachers the sins of Rhee merely illustrate how polarizing Rhee was, and still is. There are plenty of reasons to judge Rhee harshly for her time here, but cheating doesn't even make the top ten.

How An Urban STEM School Turns Things Around Against All Odds

Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

American youth appear less interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields compared to students of other countries ...

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...

D.C. Students Score Better On Sex-Ed Exam Than Math Or Reading

Posted 12.13.2012 | Education

Washington, D.C., students scored better on standardized exams about sex education and drugs last spring than they did on the reading and math portion...

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...

DCPS School Closures List Expected To Be Released Tuesday

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

A list of D.C. Public Schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be announced Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Washington ...

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...

Fairfax Teachers Say They Will 'Cheat' On New Evaluations

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

Teachers in Fairfax County, Va. say they are so confused and overwhelmed by the new system of teacher evaluations that they will resort to cheating, t...

D.C. Schools Alerting Parents With Children Being Taught By Non-Highly Qualified Teachers

Posted 11.05.2012 | Education

Letters were recently mailed to parents with children in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, informing them if their child was being taugh...

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.

D.C.'s Cheating Investigation Focuses On Only One School

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

A report commissioned by DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in March 2011 and released Wednesday said it didn't find evidence of widespread c...

D.C. At-Risk Students Paid $5.25 An Hour To Attend Summer School

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

The District of Columbia is paying more than 300 students $5.25 an hour to attend summer school, the Washington Examiner reports. The "Summer Brid...

D.C. Schools Show Improvement In Standardized Test Scores

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

Standardized test scores for D.C. public school students showed growth in three subject areas, according to statewide 2012 DC CAS results released Thu...

Virginia District Uncovers Teacher Cheating, Students Must Retake Exams

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

Students at a Virginia school district had to retake standardized exams after five teachers were found to have given "inappropriate assistance" to stu...

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Can Poverty Completely Explain Poor School Outcomes?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The class action lawsuit the ACLU announced last week against both Michigan and a tiny Detroit area school district for failing to educate its own children raises this question: Can schools ever compensate for the ills of poverty?