Author: Jennifer Cohen
Source: New America Foundation
Published: February 2, 2012

At Ed Money Watch we talk a lot about funding formulas for various federal grant programs. We’ve written about proposed changes to the ESEA Title II funding formula in the House Students Success Act, the need for improvements to the Title I formula, and even idiosyncrasies in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act formula. Congress has designed each of these formulas to account for factors such as population size and poverty rates or numbers when distributing federal funds to states and school districts. But another factor – something known as “small state minimums” – always seems to run roughshod over the intended target populations.

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A Northwest D.C. public charter school that has not enrolled a special-education student in three years is under scrutiny by District officials.

Roots Public Charter School, which serves 120 children in grades pre-K through 8, said it does not discriminate against students with physical or emotional disabilities. But the staff of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which oversees the city’s 57 publicly funded, independently operated schools, said in a recent report it has “grave concerns” about Roots’ admissions practices. It said the board planned “an intensive compliance review” of the school.

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Save the Date! We have a NEW Date for the 2012 Young Women’s Conference on Non-traditional Careers*!

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
Location: Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Cost: Free! On-line Pre-registration is required (registration opens Jan. 21, 2011)
Target Audience: Young women enrolled in DC public, and public Charter Schools 8th through 1st year of college

*Young Women’s Conference on Non-Traditional Careers – A professional conference experience and environment with opportunities to discover and explore non-traditional careers fields, network with successful female role models in the Trades, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, while learning about the academic, certification, and licensing requirements.

This will be the 6th annual Young Women’s Conference on Non-traditional Careers organized by the DC State Office of Career and Technical Education in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)!

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Parents, students and school officials voiced their support for legislation that would keep District schools open after-hours to provide medical services and learning opportunities to the surrounding low-income communities.

Learning Centers

D.C. Councilman Michael Brown

The Community Schools Incentive Amendment Act of 2011, written by D.C. Councilman Michael Brown, D-at large, would partner five public schools with community organizations to provide mental health services, tutoring, adult classes in nutrition and literacy, and more initiatives to combat the effects of poverty.

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A Northeast Washington school will plead its case Thursday evening as the DC Public Charter School Board decides whether to close the campus because of poor academic performance. Opened in 1998, Integrated Design Electronics Academy Public Charter School is one of the oldest charters in the District, and charter officials say  Read the rest of this entry

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How Many Students Really Graduate From High School?

D.C. expects ‘significant’ drop in graduation rate under new calculation.

Shira Fishman, a teacher at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast D.C., works with high school students in a math class. New federal standards are going to ensure that each high school student is tracked individually to determine whether he or she graduates.

Ask a random sampling of D.C. residents about the dropout rate of District public school students, and their guesses actually aren’t that far off. Many of them guess that 70-80 percent of students graduate; the actual official graduation rate hovers around 76 percent.

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More than 50 D.C. youths in the custody of the city’s juvenile justice agency either have been killed or found guilty of killing someone else over the past five years — and the majority of them had been categorized in advance as posing a “high,” “high-medium” or “medium” risk of reoffending.

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Texas cities are low on annual literacy list

Texas has routinely topped the national growth charts, but the Lone Star State’s biggest cities are behind the curve in an annual ranking of literacy rates.

Austin (tied with New York City at No. 22) was the only Texas city to crack the top third of the 75 cities ranked in the study of literacy resources by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University.

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Lamborghini will display an Aventador LP 700-4 and a Gallardo LP 560-4 during the event -

PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Automobili Lamborghini America today announced that it will host “Lamborghini Day” at The Excel Institute on Jan. 25th to give automotive students hands-on training about the super-car line of vehicles. The Italian manufacturer of hi-end luxury sports cars Automobili Lamborghini SpA, based in Sant’Agata Bolognese, is part of the family of brands owned by the Volkswagen Group. During the event, Lamborghini will have the 12-cylinder Aventador LP 700-4 and a Gallardo Spyder LP 560-4 on display while they give students an overview of the vehicles with an opportunity for the students to ask questions. Students will also be able to inspect the vehicles’ engines, interiors and exteriors.

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Building Our Competitive Edge:

How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships

for Student Success

February 8, 2012

1539 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

2:45 pm — 4:00 pm

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