Residents displaced four years ago by a fire at a senior living apartment complex in Northwest D.C. have finally been allowed to return home after a $2.6 million rebuilding effort was completed earlier this summer.
Iyanla Vanzant was the featured speaker Thursday at a networking luncheon that was part of the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus.
District residents and community leaders from neighborhoods adversely impacted by controversial school closings recently joined ranks to ensure no more buildings are shuttered and to call for the ouster of "an out-of-control, short-sighted and corrupt" D.C Council and school officials touting the proliferation of charter schools under the guise of reformation.
The identities of the 12 people killed in a horrific shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard were released Tuesday, as the Yard reopened to an eerie silence.
13 Dead in Rampage
Authorities have identified the suspected gunman in a rampage Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast that left 13 people dead, including the suspect.
Twenty students graduated Thursday from the HOPE program, which prepares participants, most of whom are from low-income households, for employment opportunities in the hospitality sector.
Understandably, hardly any of us was equipped at the time to handle the aftermath of Sept. 11, let alone the bias and prejudices that it spawned. In the process, though, the best was ultimately brought out in all of us.
Many of the nation's school districts — including D.C.'s — still lack adequate plans to avert disasters or deal with their aftermath, despite the recent wave of school shootings and subsequent recommendations for child safety.
Jesús Aguirre, director of D.C.'s parks and recreation department since 2009, has been appointed as the city's first Latino state superintendent of education.
First lady Michelle Obama lavished praise Friday upon students at Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C. for getting serious about fitness.
Just a few months after unveiling his extensive plan for reform among the District’s public schools, Mayor Vincent C. Gray has revealed an initiative aimed at preparing more residents for the workforce.
Two Bowie State University professors are helping to increase minority participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math professions by sharing with their students research they conducted as fellows in a National Aeronautics and Space Administration program on astrobiology.
For most students and their parents, the first day back to school is always an exciting time. But for some, opening day on Aug. 26 at several D.C. public schools also meant an additional hour of learning.
The first day back to school has traditionally been an exciting time for students and their parents. But the day can be doubly exciting when they along with their schools' faculty and staff are surprised with a visit from the chancellor.
First lady Michelle Obama, who on Tuesday hosted a screening of a biopic that chronicles the life of civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., encouraged the audience of students from the District and Loudon County, Va., to become agents for change in the country’s ongoing push to becoming a more fair and just society.
Aug. 28, 1963 was a hot and muggy day in the nation's capital. But that didn't stop the throngs of people who traveled from near and far for participation in the historic March on Washington.
Metropolitan AME Hosts Panel on Non-Violence
A panel of professionals who work with troubled youth agreed during a discussion on Thursday that the lack of well-thought-out approaches to resolving conflicts, often lead to violent outcomes.
As people from across the country prepared last weekend to flock to the nation's capital for participation in Saturday's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, another story about the historic event was being retold in a TV interview.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined more than two dozen other elected officials throughout the nation in declaring Thursday, Aug. 22 a "Day of Non-Violence."
When the sprawling Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest opens next week for the 2013-14 school year, it will do so with new classrooms, updated artwork and a restructured athletic field and gymnasium after nearly two years of extensive renovations.
Howard University, aiming to attract more nontraditional students, will offer a new online course of study as part of its expanded slate of blended curriculum and programs beginning in fall 2014.
Students enrolled in the District of Columbia Public Schools system will return to classes on Monday, Aug. 26 to a host of changes aligned with Chancellor Kaya Henderson's mandate earlier this year to shutter 15 under-performing or underutilized schools.
Elizabeth Davis is the newly-elected president of the Northwest-based Washington Teachers Union.
Students enrolled in the Prince George's County Public Schools system begin classes on Aug. 19, and County Executive Rushern Baker III is strongly encouraging parents and guardians to ensure their children are properly vaccinated.
A controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall has been removed by its sculptor.
The father of Trayvon Martin recently joined a distinguished panel of African-American leaders in Washington, D.C., where he implored members of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys (CCBMB) to convey to Congress, that he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus will continue to be the voice of the slain youth.
For the first time since 2008, more students than ever at the city’s public and charter schools have made significant gains on the yearly District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System tests.
The mother of R&B singer Syleena Johnson said in an interview with Iyanla Vanzant that she called her three daughters names because that's what she understood growing up.
District of Columbia Public Schools officials will be available at several locations across the city to assist students and their parents with enrollment for the 2013-14 academic term.
A distinguished panel of African-American leaders joined members of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys (CCBMB) at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill Wednesday where they, along with Trayvon Martin’s father, discussed the plight of young black males.
When it comes to mentoring youth – particularly those of color – John Crump’s priorities have always centered on education and character-building.
Thousands of people gathered at federal buildings in 100 cities across the country -- from New York to Los Angeles and Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday in pursuit of federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch guard who was acquitted last week in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
In trying to explain why African Americans are upset with the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial, President Barack Obama, said there was a time when he could have walked in Trayvon Martin’s shoes.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, continues to improve while spending his 95th birthday on Thursday in a Pretoria hospital.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced early Wednesday that plans to shut off parts of the Prince George's County water supply to fix a faulty main have been nixed, much to the relief of thousands of residents amid a stifling heat wave.
Introduced at Community Forum
In an overwhelming show of support, hundreds of parents, students, educators, and community leaders attended a meet n’ greet July 10 at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Md., where they were joined by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and school board members in “welcoming home” one of their own, new schools CEO, Kevin Maxwell.
Rachel Jeantel, the star witness for the prosecution who reluctantly took the stand late last month during the Trayvon Martin murder trial, has been offered a full scholarship to attend any historically black college or university she chooses.
With high humidity and temperatures in the D.C. metropolitan region expected to linger in the mid-90s the rest of this week, the city is bracing for its first extended heat wave of the season.
Officials at Howard University announced earlier this week 1,700 of its hospital employees will be forced to take 12 days of unpaid leave in the next year, part of an effort to save the school $6 million.
A new initiative that will separate incoming freshmen from repeat ninth-graders at District high schools this fall has raised eyebrows while being given a thumbs-up by a school administrator who says a similar project he developed at his school works.
Washington Teachers' Union activist and veteran educator Elizabeth A. Davis defeated incumbent Nathan Saunders on Monday in a run-off election for the union president, hinting that she's poised to be a greater force challenging the manner in which D.C. public schools are managed.
Roger Newell is the strategic campaigner for the District-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters, North America's most powerful union.
Every year, students from across the country dream of being admitted to elite colleges and universities such as Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and Stanford University in California. But for 47 District of Columbia high school students, such dreams — even if short-lived — have become a reality.
Foundation Awards Principal $25,000 Check
The founder and administrator of a D.C. Public Charter School has been named one of three recipients of the prestigious Ryan Award for meritorious leadership.
Hilary Shelton serves as director of the NAACP's Washington Bureau, where he is also a senior vice president for advocacy and policy.
A candlelight vigil marking the fourth anniversary of the Red Line train crash that claimed the lives of nine people was held Saturday at Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church on New Hampshire Avenue in Northeast.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Thursday during a 40-minute speech at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast that in order to take education reform in the District to the next level, it's imperative for the city's charter and public schools to work together.
When word spread that Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast would close this year, it took a while for people – many of whom expressed disbelief – to get used to the idea: the end of an era was in sight.
D.C. Program Praised as Nationwide Model
Educare, a state-of-the-art $16 million preschool initiative touted by the Obama administration as a catalyst for change, recently celebrated its first year in D.C.
Thomas Byrd has been an education advocate for the past three years. During that time, in addition to organizing PTAs, Byrd has served twice as PTA president at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast. Byrd, 57, hosts the "Education Town Hall" at 11 a.m. on Thursdays on WEAC-AM radio.