Father John Payne, principal of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest, reportedly died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack.
As the number of new immigrant students enrolling in the District of Columbia Public Schools system continues an upward spiral, officials felt compelled to launch an International Academy this year on the Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest to help students struggling to learn English and to excel in their academic studies.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson extended her gratitude to the huge audience that showed up on Sept. 30 at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast for her annual "State of the Schools" address.
The DC Chamber of Commerce's political action committee announced Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser as its choice for mayor in next month's election.
Officials for the International Spy Museum and Events D.C. have scrapped proposed plans to redevelop the historic Carnegie Library in Northwest into a new home for the museum and a visitor’s center.
The parents of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead late last year, now want her declared alive after doctors have found signs of brain functions, a family attorney said.
Same-sex marriages in Virginia have officially begun in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to enter the fray, as previous rulings by lower courts prohibiting bans were upheld Monday for Virginia and 10 other states.
Geoffrey Holder, who for decades was a looming figure in the entertainment industry, has died. He was 84.
President Obama endorsed D.C. Council member Muriel E. Bowser on Monday in the city's mayoral race as the hotly-contested campaign enters its final weeks.
Justice Department officials wrapped a two-day visit Friday to Ferguson, Missouri, after meeting with city and community leaders, part of a federal probe of the fatal police shooting of a black teen that sparked weeks of civil unrest.
It's taken a year for Everett Bellamy, an assistant dean at the Georgetown University Law Center for the past 30 years, to see his dream of operating a global consulting firm come to fruition.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker praised the county council for approving legislation that will increase the county's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.
Thirteen students from schools around the county have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship program.
It's been two years since Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III announced that his wife Christa, 54, suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Ricardo Silva, an NFL safety for three years, has set aside his football gear to become a "Teach for America" recruit at Ballou Senior High School in Southeast.
They say you can't fight city hall, but you can light it — and the playoff-bound Washington Nationals have the city watching through rose-colored glasses.
Officials with the Rhode Island Department of Health reported Wednesday the death of a 10-year-old girl from a bacterial infection associated with enterovirus D68.
More than 160 D.C. police officers began wearing body cameras Wednesday to record their performance and interaction with the public while on duty, part of a growing law-enforcement trend in the wake of the fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Mayors from across the nation convened this week in California to discuss a wealth of topics, including the economy, President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Algeania Warren Freeman has been named president at Wilberforce University in Ohio, the country's oldest private black university, after an extensive search by school officials.
The Department of Agriculture announced Monday a $31.5 million initiative to help participants in the food-stamps program more easily afford healthier foods.
A Chicago-based program pays tribute annually to an esteemed cadre of African-American leaders, who visit public schools across the nation to inspire students to commit to excellence in education.
A new poll released last week shows that a majority of District residents support the new school boundary changes set to go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Officials for the Resident Teacher Program are accepting applications for elementary certification for the 2015-16 school year from candidates with a strong background in math and science.
Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the District of Columbia and member of the AmeriHealth Caritas family of companies, is being recognized as a "2014 Distinguished Female Healthcare Leader."
D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has gained the support of the National Congress of Black Women, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of African-American women and their families.
Samuel J. Cornelius was the center of any room he entered on Capitol Hill.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will serve Friday as chair of the 5th annual HistoryMakers Back-to-School Day, which will bring 400 accomplished African-Americans to 200 schools in 61 cities nationwide to inspire students to commit to excellence.
A D.C. Council member introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit District schools from using racially based nicknames, joining the growing national debate fueled by city's storied pro football franchise.
The chief financial officer for Prince George's County public schools and his wife, who worked for the schools as an internal auditor, have resigned in the wake of insurance fraud charges.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday it will award $99 million in grants to improve mental health services and better recognize mental health issues in young people.
Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry will hold a book signing and discussion at Prince George's County Memorial Library's Oxon Hill branch on Sept. 30.
ABC's much-discussed sitcom "black-ish" will debut Wednesday, ambitiously tackling oft-avoided topics of race and culture.
President Obama has proclaimed Sept. 21-27 as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.
Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine, will host a book signing and discussion next week at Howard University for his new memoir, "The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women."
The president of the Prince George's County branch of the NAACP has joined forces with a county council member in a demand for the ouster of the principal at Largo High School.
The top budget officer for Prince George's County public schools has been placed on administrative leave amid claims of insurance fraud by the Maryland Insurance Administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new taxi service in New York will offer female drivers exclusively, catering to female riders.