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.

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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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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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The District of Columbia has long had some of the worst educational outcomes in the country, including the lowest high school graduation rate. Now the nation’s capital owns the dubious distinction of having by far the largest achievement gap between African American and white students – as well as Hispanic and white students – among major urban school systems, according to a federal study released last month.

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In September 2010, D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi hired education finance expert Mary Levy as a consultant to study the funding of public and public charter schools. Over the next five months, D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi. Levy said, she wrote a large chunk of a report that was never released. Gandhi spokesman David Umansky, asked about this a few months ago, said there was never any report contemplated, only “an information gathering exercise.”

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The Washington, D.C. school system’s failure to hold higher-ups accountable for their 2008-2010 test cheating scandal has led to more speculation that some are intentionally stonewalling attempts to get at the truth.

According to the Washington Post, D.C. ‘s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), headed by Hosanna Mahaley, issued a December 23 press release after months of dodging Freedom of Information requests by journalists.  In September, a spokesman for OSSE told the Post‘s Jay Mathews that the “data was ready and I would get it after Mahaley returned from a trip to Brazil.”

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DOE Sends Annual IDEA Report to Congress

Last month the United States Department of Education sent its annual report on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act to Congress.  Because of the slow movement in all things government, the report is for 2008 and most of the data is for the 2005-2006 school year. Nothin’ like staying current.

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