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African-Americans Say 'Parent Involvement' Key to School Success

The "lack of parental involvement" is the biggest issue affecting black students' quality of education.

D.C. Students Get Free Ride with Electronic Bus Passes

D.C. schoolchildren will now be able to ride buses for free at certain times, thanks to a new program started by the transit agency and the city's Department of Transportation.

EDUCATION BRIEFS: DCPS to Allocate $50M in Funds to Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools will infuse more than $50 million in new, local funds to schools in the 2014-2015 school year, with a focus on middle-grade students, struggling schools, and improving student satisfaction.

Local Students Excel at Engineering Convention

A group of Wheaton High School students triumphed recently at the National Society of Black Engineers' annual convention, finishing ahead of dozens of teams to place in the finals of the national NASCAR Ten80 Student Racing Challenge.

D.C. Officials: 17K Students Sign Up for Schools Lottery System

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Monday that more than 17,000 students applied for My School DC, the District's first-ever common lottery system for the city's public schools and most of its public charter schools.

EDUCATION BRIEFS: Howard University Middle School Students, Faculty Honored

Mayor Vincent C. Gray reaffirmed his commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education on Monday when he recognized students and faculty at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science Public Charter School in Northwest for outstanding academic ...

P.G. County Schools Briefs: Shawn Joseph Appointed to Deputy Post

Shawn Joseph has been appointed as deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Prince George's County Public Schools system.

Resources Focus of New DCPS Budget

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will use nearly half of $116 million earmarked for school investment projects, to focus on improving middle schools, raise achievement levels at 40 of the lowest-performing schools and increase student satisfaction.

Can Obama Initiatives Elevate Black Achievement in Age of Higher Education Standards?

If President Obama's new initiatives for boys and young men of color are to succeed, educators must find ways to help underperforming students thrive under Common Core, the new and more rigorous academic standards that schools in 45 states are ...

Howard U. to Host 'Jumpstart' Project for Preschoolers

Howard University is teaming up with a national educational organization to host the 12th annual "Jumpstart for a Day," an event that seeks to help level the playing field for young children from underprivileged households.

Holder Announces Findings Regarding Discipline of Black Students

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday during a visit to J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Northeast that new information shows early childhood is when many black students are most likely to engage in behavior that leads to suspension.

Sting Headlines Annual Benefit Concert in D.C.

A music icon recently brought thousands of students, parents, alumni, and pop music lovers to their feet during a benefit concert.

NAACP Praises Obama Crackdown on For-Profit Colleges


The head of the NAACP lauded the Obama administration Tuesday for addressing concerns about student loan debt by requiring for-profit colleges to better prepare students for the workforce or risk losing federal aid.

Catania Bills Highlight Needs of Special-Education Students

D.C. Council member David Catania introduced three different bills Tuesday aimed at overhauling special education in both District public and charter schools.

Local Program Prepares Girls for College

Through the EMPOwERgirlz Youth Mentorship Program, 30 District girls pair up with mentors who represent various local universities and work in diverse career fields.