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May 12, 2015

Seal of Biliteracy Coming to D.C. Schools

To earn the seal, D.C. students must demonstrate "cultural and communicative competency" in English and another language.

March 27, 2015

Agency Releases Confidential Info of Thousands of D.C. Students

The leaders of the District of Columbia office of the state superintendent of education said her staff is working to beef up security measures after releasing the private data, including names, birth dates, and disciplinary records.

March 24, 2015

Floretta D. McKenzie, Former District of Columbia Schools Superintendent, Dies

Ms. McKenzie led the district from 1981 to 1988 and was one of the longest serving superintendents in the city's history.

March 09, 2015

'My Brother's Keeper' First-Year Report Highlights Focus on Minority Males

More than $300 million has been donated by foundations and corporations to boost the My Brother's Keeper-aligned initiatives, along with pledges of support from nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives.

March 04, 2015

Federal Lawmakers Advocate for D.C. Schools Voucher Program

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, which provides low-income students with up to $12,000 for use at private schools, has been a pet project of Speaker of the House John Boehner.

February 27, 2015

AASA and Howard University to Partner on Training for Urban Superintendents

The initiative will join a growing number of specialized training programs that aim to help prepare school leaders to manage the complex demands of running school systems.

February 24, 2015

ACLU Questions District of Columbia's Plans for All-Male Prep School

The American Civil Liberties Union says it applauds the district's effort to improve academic and career outcomes for boys of color, but it questioned whether an all-male prep school was the most effective way to do so.

February 11, 2015

Graduation Rates Rise; Gap Between Black and White Males Grows, Report Says

A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.

February 10, 2015

D.C. Councilwoman Seeks Legal Review of District's Boys of Color Initiative

The local elected official is concerned that the initiative which focuses on improving outcomes for boys of color may run afoul of federal law because it does not include girls.

January 21, 2015

Supports for Black and Latino Boys to Get $20 Million Investment From D.C. Schools

Through its initiative, the school system will spend $20 million over the next three years through mentoring programs, targeted grants, and opening a new all-male college preparatory high school in a high-need area.

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