Posts Tagged ‘DCPS’

D.C.’s Best and Worst Schools by Math and Reading Proficiency

So D.C.'s schools are improving: In the past year, D.C. Public Schools and public charter school students averaged a 3.9 percent increase in math proficiency and a 4.1 percent increase in reading proficiency, according to the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System. Those are the biggest gains in the system since 2008.
“Our approach, with great educators [...]

Gray Emphasizes Continuity in First Education Address

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.
"The plans and proposals I share with you may not send out seismic shockwaves or make big headlines," Gray said this afternoon, "but [...]

Process for Charters to Inherit Vacant DCPS Buildings Gets a Wee Bit Easier

A year ago, my redoubtable predecessor chronicled the hurdles charter schools face when they try to move into vacant D.C. Public Schools buildings. The administration of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty closed 23 DCPS schools, but managed to get around rules giving charters top priority on the buildings, and at least 18 were handed over to city [...]

Map: Closing Schools Are Overwhelmingly in Minority Neighborhoods

I've written before about the unequal geographical distribution of D.C. Public Schools' planned school closures, with wards 5 and 7 bearing the brunt. But here's a map that puts the closures in a new light:

The map was created by University of the District of Columbia social sciences professor Amanda Huron, who shared a digital version [...]

Some Things You Need to Know About DCPS’ School-Closure Plans

So D.C. Public Schools is planning to close 20 of its schools. Below is a roundup of facts, figures, and graphics related to the news.

First, here's a map of the schools slated for closure:

The closures have something to do with the city's allocation of resources, as Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander says, but demographics also [...]

Wards 5 and 7 Hit Hardest by School Closure Plans

The cat's out of the bag: D.C. Public Schools is targeting 20 schools for closure. DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson is expected to reveal the list publicly at 4 p.m. today.
The geographic distribution of the closures isn't equitable: There are five schools each in wards 5 and 7 on the list, and none in wards 1 [...]

City Amends Rules for Charters to Take Over Vacant Schools

Back in June, Lydia wrote about D.C. charter schools' struggle to find classroom space. On the surface, conditions seemed favorable: Former Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration had closed 23 public schools, leaving what ought to have been ideal buildings for the charter schools to move into. But the byzantine process for procuring those buildings left the [...]

Schoolhouse Hunting

Almost immediately after she started Yu Ying public charter school in 2008, Mary Shaffner began looking for new space. Her Chinese immersion program had proven popular, and she wanted to add space to meet demand.
At first, the options looked good. School closings in that year had left buildings empty all around the District, and Shaffner [...]

School House Rock: Is Michelle Rhee becoming a force in D.C. real estate?

It’s a pretty commonly accepted principle in the real estate business: You buy as much house as you can afford. And then, unless you’re wealthy enough to support tens of thousands of dollars a year on your child’s education before they even fill out a college application, you buy the best school district you can [...]

The Most Powerful Person in D.C. Real Estate

It's not my beat, but I hear that schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is a big deal in this here mayoral race. Here's how she ties in to real estate, though: It's a pretty widely-acknowledged principle that good schools are a huge factor in local property values. Until recently, that didn't hold so much in D.C., [...]