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School Closings Draw Fire in D.C., Nationwide

It's a scenario that’s being played out year after year across the nation: the shuttering of traditional public schools in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods, leading to the displacement of students who are subsequently forced to attend classes outside of ...

HBCUs Pull Out All Stops to Survive

Historically black colleges and universities, which once held the lion's share of blacks seeking higher education in the U.S., have recently fallen on hard times. But two university presidents, along with their students, faculty, alumni and parents, have drawn a ...

D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Clarifies Truancy Policy

Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently provided clarifications regarding truancy, explaining that laws regarding the matter are explicit to ensure consistent in-seat attendance in school and to provide a safety net for students not attending school and who might be in harm's ...

P.G. County Education Briefs: Publicity Release Forms

Throughout the school year, the Board of Education and schools within the county system will conduct activities that could publicize events via local or national news media.

P.G. County Extends Deadline for School Immunizations

Officials for Prince George's County Public Schools will seek a 45-day extension of the deadline for students to fulfill new state immunization requirements.

D.C. Teachers' Union Head Blasts Gray, Henderson

Washington Teachers' Union president Elizabeth Davis recently took time to talk with The Informer about Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Mayor Vincent Gray and city schools performance — and she didn't hold back.

P.G. County Education Briefs: Free and Reduced Meals

School officials are encouraging families to apply for free and reduced-price meals for the 2014-15 school year, which are available to students based on household size and income.

D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Back-to-School Week

Students and staff members had an exceptional first week back to school.

More Schools Embrace Extended Day

Last year, nine schools participated in the extended-day program, an outgrowth of the $10 million "Proving What's Possible" initiative launched in 2012 to help improve test scores, enrollment and graduation rates among District of Columbia Public Schools students.

D.C. Makes Gains in Truancy Reduction, Study Shows

A study on truancy released Tuesday — coinciding with results from a year-old anti-truancy program at District's public schools — shows that nearly four out of five District families who participated in voluntary truancy-prevention programs saw an increase in school ...

Foundation to Donate 700 School Backpacks

Hundreds of backpacks and school supplies left over from a D.C. community giveaway event last month will be delivered to select public schools.

P.G. County Education Briefs: Immunizations Update

Students have 20 calendar days from the start of the 2014-15 school year — which started on Tuesday, Aug. 26 — to present medical verification of receiving the required vaccinations.

D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Boundary Changes Approved

Mayor Vincent C. Gray gave the thumbs-up on Aug. 21 to forge ahead with final recommendations from the advisory committee regarding school boundary changes.

City Officials Tackle Absenteeism, Truancy

More than a year after a meeting at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast where city leaders, parents and community activists struggled to come to terms with the schools' burgeoning student absenteeism and truancy rates, little progress has been made ...

Parents, Community Leaders to Boycott Newark Public Schools

After waiting in line for hours on Wednesday at an enrollment center in Newark, New Jersey, to get their children in school, hundreds of frustrated parents and community leaders plan to boycott the city's public school system.

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