District of Columbia

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into the complexities of federal special education law last week as it took up a case involving the burden of proof in disputes over individualized education programs.
October 12, 2005 – Education Week
With more than one-fifth of its public school students in charter schools, the District of Columbia is “home to some of the best and worst charter schools in the country,” Progressive Policy Institute fellow Sara Mead says in the latest in a series of reports on charter schooling from the Washington-based think tank.
October 6, 2005 – Education Week (Web)
Students are more likely than ever to serve as members of state and local school boards. But are their voices really heard? A new survey suggests that, in fact, they are.
October 5, 2005 – Education Week
The federally financed voucher program in the District of Columbia has enrolled 1,705 students in private schools this fall, reaching capacity during its second year of operation.
September 28, 2005 – Education Week
Two former Washington Teachers Union officials were each found guilty of 23 charges stemming from the embezzlement of millions in union money in the nation’s capital.
September 7, 2005 – Education Week
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Slam poetry has gotten students who are often bored with how the subject is taught in school excited about the craft. Includes a photo essay and exclusive audio.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week
The new superintendent of the District of Columbia schools is proposing to revitalize art and music education as part of his strategic-improvement plan.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week
Even among large urban school districts, the District of Columbia’s special education system has problems that seem nearly intractable.
May 11, 2005 – Education Week
A liberal organization that opposes the federally financed voucher program in the District of Columbia has filed a suit that seeks to force the U.S. Department of Education to disclose documents detailing how the program is being implemented.
April 27, 2005 – Education Week
More than 2,700 children have applied for vouchers in the second year of the nation’s first federally funded voucher program, according to the Washington Scholarship Fund.
March 30, 2005 – Education Week

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