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Dorothy Rowley

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Bowie Students' Documentary Tackles Parents' Drug Abuse

A screening of "X: Children of the Lost Generation," a documentary produced by Bowie State University students about the familial impact of drug addiction, will be screened next month at a church in Northwest D.C.

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D.C. Mayor Gray to Embark on 10-Day Mission to China

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will embark next week on a 10-day trade mission to China, where city leaders will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the District's sister-city relationship with Beijing.

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Back to School: Mix of Excitement, Anticipation

Like Edward Heff, a senior at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School in Northeast, Maisha Riddlesprigger, principal at Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast, could hardly contain her excitement about returning to school on Monday.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: New, Expanded Programs in 2014-15

As Kevin Maxwell enters his second year as the schools' chief executive officer, more than 800 new teachers and 30 new principals have also joined faculties at the county's 208 schools.

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Donna Edwards to Host P.G. County Job Fair

Dozens of employers will gather Thursday for a job fair at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex Field House in Landover.

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Henderson on Board with Boundary Changes

D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she's on board with the changes to the school boundary lines set for next year, despite contentions from the two top mayoral candidates that movement on the issue has been too swift.

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P.G. County Students Return to School

Prince George's County Public Schools welcomed back more than 126,000 students Tuesday for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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D.C. Teachers Prepped to Discuss Michael Brown Shooting

Teachers in D.C. public schools readied for the first day of school Monday, resources were provided to support those who wanted to address the shooting death of Michael Brown with their students.

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Gray OKs New Boundary Lines for D.C. Public Schools

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has approved final recommendations from an advisory committee led by the deputy mayor for education to make changes to the city's outdated school boundary lines.

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More Students Aspire to Attend College, ACT Study Finds

American College Testing Inc., which offers college admissions assessments for high school students through standardized tests, says a new study finds interest in higher education to be increasing among high school graduates.

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School-Served Lunches to Include More Fruits, Veggies

Lunchtime this year in public schools across the country promises to be a lot more nutritious, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables being a staple among items served.

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Obama to Send Eric Holder to Ferguson

President Obama said Monday that while most demonstrators protesting the shooting death of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, have waged peaceful campaigns, a small contingent has undermined justice with acts of violence.

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P.G. County Receives $1M Grants for Energy Projects, Upgrades

A partnership involving the Prince George's County Office of Central Services (OCS) and the Department of the Environment has resulted in more than $1 million in grants for the county.

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Vaccinations Curtail Spread of Diseases

With the first day of classes for District public schools students just around the corner, parents and guardians are reminded of the importance of ensuring children are properly vaccinated.

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AmeriHealth Launches 'I Am Healthy' Campaign

AmeriHealth District of Columbia, the largest Medicaid-managed care organization in the District and a member of AmeriHealth Caritas, recently launched its "I Am Healthy" public awareness campaign.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Transition, Orientation Days

In preparation for the 2014-15 school year, school officials will host a transition day on Monday, Aug. 25 for students entering the 6th and 7th grades, and high school students entering the 9th grade.

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Boseman Carries Masterful Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

The life story of R&B singer James Brown, who died Christmas Day in 2006 at 73, is finally told on the big screen in a way that audiences can appreciate not only as good film-making, but for how it made the spirit of the musical icon move in his fans.

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D.C. Charter Schools Lawsuit Alleges Funding Disparities

A lawsuit against the D.C. government has been filed on behalf of three members of a D.C. public charter schools association and two of its schools, alleging a significant gap in funding between the charters and public schools.

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D.C. Hiring Initiative Puts Residents to Work, Gray Says

Mayor Vincent Gray announced recently that his "One City, One Hire" initiative has exceeded its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed District residents find jobs.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: White Appointed Schools CFO

Colby R. White, who first served the Prince George's County Public Schools system 18 years ago as an accounting clerk, has been named the schools' chief financial officer.

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Parents Rail Against D.C. School Closure Ruling

Despite a federal judge’s ruling that the mandated closings of 15 neighborhood schools in January 2013 had nothing to do with race, a group of African-American parents whose children have been affected, vow to keep the matter front and center.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Henderson Appointee to Focus on Male Students

A former middle school teacher from Detroit who has won numerous educational awards has been tapped by D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson as chief of innovation and research.

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Baker Lauds Opening of Metro Silver Line

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker called Saturday's Phase 1 opening of the Metro Silver Line the dawn of a new day for public transportation and economic development in the Washington Metropolitan region.

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D.C. Mulls Change to High School Graduation Requirements

The DC State Board of Education is leaning toward implementing a more competency-based graduation system for public high school students, officials say.

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SE Residents Push Back at Developers' Demolition Plans

Residents of the Barry Farm public housing units and Park Chester apartments in Southeast D.C. will converge on the zoning commission's Northwest headquarters Monday in a continued show of force against plans to demolish their homes.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Substitute Teacher Academy

The Office of Talent Development will host a two-part Substitute Teacher Academy for the months of July and August.

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Judge Rules D.C. School Closures Not Racially Biased

A federal judge has ruled that the closure of 15 D.C. public schools wasn't racially discriminatory, a setback for black parents who say they face such obstacles when attempting to actively participate in their children's education.

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Frederick Tapped as Howard University's 17th President

A scholar, surgeon and researcher who enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago, has been named as the school's 17th president.

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Obama Talks Youth Initiative, D.C. Statehood During School Visit

President Obama made an appearance Monday at the Walker Jones Education Campus in D.C., where he expounded on his quest to improve the quality of life for young minority males.

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DCPS Appointee to Focus on Black Male Students

A former middle school teacher from Detroit who won numerous educational awards has been hired by the District's public schools chancellor as chief of innovation and research.

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Owens Elected Chair of P.G. County DCC

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee has elected District 27's LaRhonda Owens as its new chair.

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Donna Brazile Announces Launch of Democrat-Oriented Public Education Group

Political strategist Donna Brazile recently announced the formation of a new group which focuses on uniting Democrats who believe in the value of public education.

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AmeriHealth Pairs with Teen-Pregnancy Prevention Project

A leading Medicaid-managed healthcare organization will team with the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the campaign's "Pipeline to Prevention" program.

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Black Unemployment Down, But Not Enough, Obama Administration Says

The Department of Labor reported a significant dip in unemployment among blacks, but the rate is still unconscionably high, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said.

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OSSE Grants Boost Participation in Farm Field Trips

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced that it will grant $33,000 to the District's Farm Field Trip program as part of a new initiative of the DC Healthy Schools Act.

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Grosso Bill to Ban Suspensions of Pre-K Students

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced a bill Monday that bans the suspension of 3- and 4-year-old children from publicly funded programs in the city, keeping in line with his push for equitable education reform.

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Four D.C. Students Tapped as 2014 Milken Scholars

Four District of Columbia public and charter schools students are among 24 high school graduates selected as 2014 Milken scholars.

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Hampton U. Named HBCU of the Year

Hampton University in Virginia was named as the year's top historically black school during the 4th annual HBCU Awards ceremony in New Orleans on Friday

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Spelman College Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Spelman College announced this week that the historic women's school in Atlanta has generated $157.8 million during a 10-year fundraising campaign, exceeding its goal.

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Truancy High for Younger Students

Extenuating Circumstances Exacerbate Problem

More elementary-age students than ever have racked up excessive numbers of unexcused days from school, according to a January report from the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Cardozo Wins 2014 Preservation Award

The innovative design of Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest has made it a standout among District schools that have undergone modernizations over the past few years.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: Board Approves Budget

The Prince George's County Board of Education has approved a $1.8 billion schools budget as of July 1.

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Howard U. Program to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with Howard University, will host a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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Warren-Jones to Leave D.C. School Board Post

Ward 6 school board member Monica Warren-Jones has announced her resignation, effective at the end of her term in November.

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Initiative Steers Black Males to Teaching Profession

A group of African-American male educators and administrators in Pennsylvania have joined forces to encourage youths to consider a career in the teaching profession.

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Study Examines Absence of Blacks in STEM Careers

A study on the lack of minority college graduates with STEM-related degrees show that efforts to get more minorities in STEM fields have been successful, but far less is being done to help them succeed.

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P.G. County Education Briefs: New Literacy Program

Prince George's County has become home to a new summer literacy program sponsored by the District-based Children's Defense Fund.

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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Teacher Job Fair

As the 2014-15 school year approaches, officials anticipate having a lot of teacher slots to fill.

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Parents Demand Delay in School Boundary Change

Following nearly two years of inquiries from parents about school boundaries and feeder patterns, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, his deputy mayor for education and the schools chancellor agreed that after decades of significant population shifts and school closings, the time had come to move forward.

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D.C. Park Memorializes Victims of 2009 Metro Crash

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, joined by members of the community and relatives of the nine people who died in the horrific collision that occurred in 2009 on Metro's Red Line, recently broke ground at a site that will pay homage to the victims.

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