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Dorothy Rowley

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Gray Announces New Sustainability Initiatives

Efforts to make the District the greenest and most livable city in the nation by 2032, coupled with goals to improve the health of District residents, are key initiatives in new legislation Mayor Vincent C. Gray is undertaking to boost the Sustainable DC Plan.

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Savoy Students Continue to 'Thrill'

For the second time in as many years, a group of students at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast have gone beyond the confines of their school walls to share the "thrill" of learning.

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District's Arts Celebrated at 28th Annual Event

A teacher at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts and Howard University's School of Fine Arts are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Mayor’s Arts Awards, now in its 28th year of sponsorship by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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Churches Urged to 'Adopt-a-School'

The church has long been a base of empowerment, exhibiting an unparalleled degree of influence over the thoughts and lives of its congregants. It comes as no surprise that the Black church, as perhaps the most important institution in the African-American community, has reinvigorated a centuries-old custom for meeting the educational needs of Black students.

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'Dancing With the Scholars' to Play Nov. 9 at THEARC

This year marks the third annual presentation of WOLCF's major fundraiser, "Dancing with the Scholars," which supports the foundation's year-round programs.

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Food Stamp Reductions Set for Nov. 1

Families and individuals across the nation who receive food stamps can expect an automatic reduction in their monthly benefits, effective Nov. 1.

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Duke Ellington Teacher Receives Prestigious Arts Award

Marta Reid Stewart, an educator at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, has been honored with the "Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education" award in celebration of the arts in D.C.

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DCPS Honors Teachers, Administrators

October has been an exciting time for the educators of the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

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'State of Schools' Stresses Progression, Unity

In her “State of the Schools” speech Thursday evening at the newly-refurbished Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest, Kaya Henderson, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) chancellor, often expressed “togetherness” as a key component in moving the city’s public schools forward.

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Initiative to Attract Minorities to Energy Careers

A utility company that serves customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island is working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy to boost interest so that more African Americans have access to careers in science, engineering and technology.

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D.C. Teachers' Paychecks in Jeopardy

District of Columbia Public Schools teachers could become the latest pawns in the federal government shutdown, which, now in its third week, continues to leave hundreds of workers furloughed.

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'Red Ribbon' Effort Campaigns Against Drugs, Alcohol

A national drug-prevention organization has launched its annual photo challenge as part of "Red Ribbon Week," which aims to bring awareness to its 28-year-old campaign against drug and alcohol use by youth.

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Catania to Convene Education Roundtable

D.C. Council member David A. Catania will hold a public meeting this week to hear from city education officials regarding the status of Options Public Charter School, which faces revocation amid recent revelations of financial mismanagement.

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D.C. Charter Schools Brace for Effects of Government Shutdown

The effect of the federal government shutdown that began nearly two weeks ago is making its way into the District's public charter school system, as officials fret about their ongoing ability to educate students and ensure that faculty and staff remain intact.

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D.C. Council Subcommittee Backs Catania Bill Curtailing Social Promotion

The D.C. Council's education committee approved a bill by at-large D.C. Council member David Catania to repeal a "ridiculous" rule allowing the city's failing elementary and middle school students to be passed along from one grade to the next.

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D.C.'s Oldest Charter School Faces Possible Revocation after Mismanagement of $3M

The D.C. Public Charter School Board may have to revoke the charter of its oldest school amid an investigation of alleged fiscal mismanagement involving more than $3 million in funds from city coffers.

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HistoryMakers: 'Dream Big, Be Committed'

Ken Olden grew up dirt poor in rural Tennessee, where as a young boy he walked six miles to and from school. He'd always wanted to be a farmer, but after thinking about all he could accomplish from his love of science, Olden set his sights higher, eventually becoming a scientist in cancer research.

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HU President Ribeau to Step Down

Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau stepped down Tuesday after five years in the position, following reports of a contentious weekend with the the board of trustees over the management and finances of the historic school.

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Advocacy Group Concerned about Catania Legislation

Stressing belief that in the coming months District leaders and residents will be engulfed in a formidable debate over education policy, an advocacy group led by attorney Matthew Frumin, has developed a report detailing their analysis of D.C. Council member David Catania’s seven-bill school reform legislation.

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Prince George's County Schools Offers Form to Report Bullying

School officials in Prince George's County, in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005, have created a form to report bullying and harassment of students.

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David Dinkins: D.C. 'Obviously Not' Ready for Navy Yard Attack

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, in town for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 43rd Annual Legislative Conference, weighed in on the recent shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, saying the District was "obviously not" prepared for such an attack.

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Seniors’ Complex Reopens after Massive Fire

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.

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Iyanla Vanzant Speaks at CBC Conference, Urges Crowd to ‘Know Yourself'

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.

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Summit Builds Case for Public Education

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.

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Navy Yard Victims Named

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.

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Suspected Gunman in Navy Yard Shooting ID'd

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.

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HOPE Class of 2013 Looks to the Future

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.

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Remembering 9/11: From Heartbreak Emerges Resilience

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.

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School Districts Focus on Protecting Students

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.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Appoints Aguirre to State Education Post

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.

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Michelle Obama, Shaquille O'Neal Talk Fitness at D.C. Elementary School

First lady Michelle Obama lavished praise Friday upon students at Orr Elementary School in Southeast D.C. for getting serious about fitness.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Announces Career Academies Initiative

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.

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More D.C. Schools on Extended-Day Schedules

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.

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Bowie State Professors Guide Students in Astrobiology

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.

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DCPS Rolls Out New Programs, Objectives

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.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Salutes Whitney Young

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.

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'63 March Attracted 'Sea' of Participants

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.

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Conflict Resolution Training Curbs Violence

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.

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D.C. Native Guardian of MLK 'Dream' Speech

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.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Proclaims 'Day of Non-Violence'

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."

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Excitement Fills Air at Cardozo, Dunbar High Schools after Renovations

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.

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Howard University to Offer Online Courses in 2014

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.

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DCPS Students to Adjust to Changes

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.

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Community Profile: Elizabeth Davis, WTU President

Elizabeth Davis is the newly-elected president of the Northwest-based Washington Teachers Union.

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P.G. County Executive Baker Encourages Student Vaccinations

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.

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Inscription Removed from MLK Memorial

A controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall has been removed by its sculptor.

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Tracy Martin: ‘Turning a Negative into a Positive’

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.

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DCPS, Charter Schools Celebrate Test Gains

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.

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Iyanla Helps R&B Singer Syleena Johnson Confront Abusive Mother

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.

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DCPS Offers Enrollment Hours

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.