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Dorothy Rowley

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D.C. Mayoral Candidates Clash in First Debate

D.C.'s mayoral hopefuls clashed over how to reform the city's public schools during the first debate Thursday night at American University, an affair that occasionally got testy.

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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 their communities.

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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 way.

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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.

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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.

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Anacostia Residents Seek Removal of 'Junk' Art Exhibit

Anacostia residents made it clear they wouldn't tolerate a storefront art exhibit on display in their community that they say is an unsightly pile of junk, and the city was forced to listen.

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Stevie Wonder Calls Out Ferguson Mayor

Music legend Stevie Wonder says the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, hasn't fully grasped the racial unrest that has rocked the town since the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month.

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D.C. Film Office Announces Web, Digital Fest

The second annual DC Web Fest, hosted by the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and 20/20 Productions, will be held in the nation's capital on Sept. 19-20.

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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.

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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.

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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 attendance for their children.

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Elderly Interracial Couple in Virginia Fights for Marriage

An elderly interracial couple in Northern Virginia who dated for 10 years before tying the knot a month ago are fighting family members in court to keep their marriage intact.

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Ladies-Only Taxi Service to Debut in NYC

A new taxi service in New York will offer female drivers exclusively, catering to female riders.

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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.

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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 lowering the numbers.

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More Homeless Families Expected in D.C. This Winter

A spike is anticipated in the number of D.C. families who will need a safe and warm place to live this winter, government officials say.

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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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D.C. Agencies Functioned Properly in Rudd Case, Report Finds

'No Justifiable Government Actions' Could Prevent Girl's Disappearance, City Says

D.C. officials said Tuesday that "no justifiable government actions" could have prevented the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old girl who lived for nearly two years with her family at a city-operated shelter before disappearing six months ago.

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New York Bank Accused of Refusing Mortgages to Blacks

Evans Bank in New York is being sued by the state over accusations that its mortgage lenders refused financing to African-Americans in Buffalo.

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Safe Passage Routes Ease Worries for Chicago Students

With Chicago's Safe Passage paths manned by more than 1,000 security personnel, parents were relieved that there were no distractions on the first day of school, such as worries of students entering gang territories and conflicts.

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Chris Brown Takes Plea in D.C. Assault Case, Avoids Jail Time

R&B star Chris Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to hitting a man outside a D.C. hotel in October, but was spared jail time for the incident.

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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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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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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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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.