How D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program helped the Battle family

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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“Right outside this door, you can literally get shot any second.” Not the words any mother wants to hear her son say. But for the Battles, that’s life. Carlos and Calvin Battle grew up in the poorest neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and their lives were changed by the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. See their story in […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Public housing should go to the dogs

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Part 111 of 121 in the series Nanny State of the Week Animal welfare organizations are raising the alarm at proposed rules announced by the District of Columbia Housing Authority that would govern pet ownership in public housing. For more than ten years DCHA has prohibited pet ownership wholesale in public housing projects. Critics have long argued that this […]

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New D.C. charter school data refutes myths on discipline, diversity

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

The charter sector’s improvements of serving more diverse student subgroups and reducing discipline rates could refute myths against the sector.

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Nanny State of the Week: D.C. nannycrats ‘sting’ Airbnb

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Part 108 of 121 in the series Nanny State of the Week In many major metropolitan areas across the country, housing prices have skyrocketed and put the squeeze on low- and middle-income American families. A myriad of inefficient zoning policies have led to a lot of these problems, but bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are pointing […]

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D.C. Public Schools have few barriers in dismissing ineffective teachers

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

Annual teacher evaluations give D.C. Public Schools leverage to dismiss ineffective teachers, which is not the case in many other major school districts.

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D.C. families explore school options to prepare for common lottery

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

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D.C.’s third annual EdFest allowed families to meet with hundreds of public schools before the common lottery application opened Monday.

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