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2012 Year in Review - Education

WI Staff | 12/26/2012, 9:15 a.m.

The recommendations - which were offered by the Chicago-based Illinois Facility Fund [IFF] - suggest closing several low-performing schools located in the poorest wards in the District, and designating others as high-performing publicly-funded charter facilities.

New Design for Ballou Senior High School Unveiled - When it comes to providing state-of-the-art learning environments for students, officials in the District of Columbia have been on a steady roll. Over the past few years, several of the city's 136 public schools have undergone facelifts to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. And, on Friday, Sept. 28, District officials revealed yet another plan for renovation with the unveiling of the design for the new Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Southeast.

Cardozo Students Build House from the Ground Up - Years from now, some of the students currently enrolled in the Academy of Construction and Design (ACAD) at Cardozo High School in Northwest, will be able to cruise by their old stomping ground, and point to a house that they actually built from the ground up. For the first time in the history of the District, a single-family dwelling, conceived and designed by students has been erected in the Brightwood community at 5734 13thSt. - a stone's throw away from Cardozo. For most of the one dozen students who participated, it took years of classroom assignments, working with licensed instructors and industry professionals to complete the contemporary three-story building. But when the ribbon was cut Dec. 6, they beamed with pride as the community walked through the house that the students built.

Savoy Elementary Students Put the Thrill in 'Thriller' - Move over, all of you high-stepping, flashy and rap-influenced dancers. When it comes to cutting a smooth groove, a group of students from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast can probably teach a lesson or two. Although the 105 students who participated are too young to have related to the musical genius of the late Michael Jackson, they were recently the talk of the town, after rendering a live jam performance of the King of Pop's masterpiece "Thriller" that took the nation by storm 30 years ago.