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Dorothy Rowley

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UDC Graduates Urged to Persevere

Teresa Moore could barely hold back the tears that trickled down her face Saturday during the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) commencement exercises.

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Theater Tech Program Highlights Student Talent

Performing arts and workforce development may seem strange bedfellows; but through Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater Tech Program (TTP), that pairing has proved to be a game changer in the lives of at-risk teens in Prince George’s County.

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Washington Monument Reopens

The Washington Monument is set to reopen to the public on Monday for the first time after an earthquake in 2011 caused widespread damage.

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Combs to Howard Graduates: ‘Go after Your Dream’

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Combs, who presented the commencement address at Howard University to more than 2,600 students on Saturday, May 10, encouraged the Class of 2014 to be fearless, decisive and to fully embrace their inner power.

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Schimel Award Offers $2,500 for D.C. High School Teachers

Nominees for a teaching award that recognizes educators who help groom students into leaders are invited to a workshop Thursday at the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.'s headquarters in Northwest.

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VIRGINIA BRIEFS: Special-Education Award Nominees to be Honored at Reception

Nominees for the “2014 Harry Burke Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education” awards will be honored at a reception Thursday.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: New Schools Join Engagement Partnership

Six District of Columbia Public Schools will be added this fall to the roster of schools currently participating in a partnership that assists teachers and administrators improve upon strategies that help students to learn.

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P.G. County Briefs: Laura Shelton Named Teacher of the Year

Laura Shelton, science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, Md., has been named the 2014 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year.

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Clark Atlanta University Choir to Perform at D.C. Church

The Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society, one of the nation's most beloved ensembles, will perform Sunday at 5 p.m. at First Congregation Church in Northwest.

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AKA Sorority Denounces Abductions of Nigerian Girls

The Chicago-based Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority joined Tuesday a worldwide denouncement of the mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by a terrorist group.

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Howard U. Students Among Scholarship Winners at WHCA Dinner

Howard University student Glynn Hill, an aspiring journalist from Philadelphia, got a dose of journalism history Saturday while accepting a $7,000 scholarship at the 100th annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

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DCPS Joins Nationwide Celebration of Teachers

D.C. public schools are encouraging students, parents and residents to show their love for city instructors as part of a nationwide celebration of teachers.

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P.G. County Briefs: Usama Young Gives Back

Usama Young of the Oakland Raiders recently returned to Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to donate new books to students.

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Early Learning Focus of OSSE Conference

When it comes to the education of its infants and toddlers, the District of Columbia boasts the most robust pre-kindergarten initiative in the nation, where at least 70 percent of 3-year-olds and 90 percent of 4-year-olds are already enrolled in Head Start classes.

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ACPS BRIEFS: School Board Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The School Board recently recognized four individuals and a local church group for exceptional volunteerism to the school system.

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New Schools Join Family Engagement Partnership

Six D.C. public schools will join a number of institutions already participating in a program to show administrators and teachers how to better engage families in bolstering student learning.

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Mary Frances Berry to Deliver UDC Commencement Address

Mary Frances Berry, one of the nation's leading authorities on civil rights, American law and social policy, has been tapped to deliver the commencement address for the University of the District of Columbia on May 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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D.C. Schools Lottery Deadline Approaching

Families who applied in Round 1 for grades PK3-12 in the "My School DC" lottery, and whose children were matched to one of their school selections, have until Thursday, May 1 to enroll at the school in person, or lose their seat at that school.

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Howard U. Students Take Part in STEM Festival

Students from Howard University were among a diverse cadre of instructors and trained professionals who provided highly visual and hands-on activities during the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival in Northwest D.C.

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Southeast Students Celebrate Love of Reading

A group of students from Simon Elementary School in Southeast discovered recently that reading is not only fundamental but can also be lots of fun — especially when the community is involved.

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Report Calls for Equal Funding for HBCUs

A new report regarding state funding for the nation's historically black colleges and universities reveals racial disparities and calls for more equity in the distribution of state funding.

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Wake Forest Offers Graduate Opportunities to Ron Brown Scholars

Officials at Wake Forest University recently announced that the predominantly white institution has forged a partnership to promote and support opportunities for Ron Brown scholarship recipients to pursue graduate studies at the university's business school.

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St. Columba Students Win Big Honors at Science Fair

Three students from St. Columba Catholic School in Oxon Hill were recently the first-ever participants of the school in the annual Prince George's Area Science Fair, with two of them taking top prizes.

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D.C. Council Presses Child and Family Services Director Over Missing Girl

The D.C. Council grilled the director of the city's Child and Family Services Agency on Monday about the case of Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old girl who disappeared in early March.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Deliver Howard U. Commencement Address

Sean "Diddy" Combs has been chosen to speak at the Howard University's 146th commencement on May 10.

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More Blacks Accepted at Harvard, Ivy League Schools

Officials at Harvard University recently announced a record-high percentage of black students who've received letters of admission for the class of 2018.

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D.C. Kicks Off Emancipation Day Celebration

D.C. is set to kick off its annual Emancipation Day celebration on Friday, beginning with a "Song and Praises" event at Tenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest at 7 p.m.

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Boy, 9, Hospitalized After Teacher Ignores Pleas, Mother Says

An investigation has been launched regarding a District charter school student who was hospitalized after his mother says a teacher ignored his complaints of feeling ill.

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DCPS Releases Updated School Calendar

Students and teachers in D.C.'s public schools may not have to make up two snow days, but they'll still get a late start on summer, with June 20 being the last full day of classes.

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New Federal Grant Program to Boost Early Learning

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in the wake of his loss in the April 1 Democratic primary that the city boasts the most robust early education program in the nation. Now the District has another opportunity to bolster the program through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, a new nationwide initiative.

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Sharpton Denies Being Mob Snitch for FBI

The Rev. Al Sharpton dismissed reports that he was a paid mob informant for the FBI in the 1980s.

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Catania Helps Secure Additional $77M for D.C. Schools

D.C.'s public schools system is about to receive more than $77 million to assist thousands of needy and at-risk students, partly due to Council Member David Catania's Fair Funding Act legislation.

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Spelling Bee Champ Wanted to 'Get it Right'

Greer Marshall will always remember the "r-e-v-e-l-a-t-o-r-y" moment that's propelled her onto an international stage, making her $1,000 richer along the way.

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Gray Supporters Disappointed, But Vow to Keep Backing Mayor

Muriel Bowser may have prevailed in Tuesday's Democratic primary against incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, but die-hard Gray supporters say intend to support the mayor throughout the remaining nine months of his term — and beyond, if necessary.

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Bowser Trumps Gray in Democratic Primary

Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser scored a big upset in the District Tuesday night by defeating incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the Democratic mayoral primary.

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Kim, Kanye Catch Flak for Vogue Cover

Hollywood's most polarizing power couple has everyone talking again with their upcoming appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine — and true to form, there's both backers and detractors.

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Resources Focus of New DCPS Budget

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will use nearly half of $116 million earmarked for school investment projects, to focus on improving middle schools, raise achievement levels at 40 of the lowest-performing schools and increase student satisfaction.

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Howard U. to Host 'Jumpstart' Project for Preschoolers

Howard University is teaming up with a national educational organization to host the 12th annual "Jumpstart for a Day," an event that seeks to help level the playing field for young children from underprivileged households.

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Holder Announces Findings Regarding Discipline of Black Students

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday during a visit to J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Northeast that new information shows early childhood is when many black students are most likely to engage in behavior that leads to suspension.

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GWUL Gala Showcases Civic Leadership

In a departure from the rules of appropriate attire, hundreds of guests at the Greater Washington Urban League's (GWUL) 42nd annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala on Wednesday took the liberty to mix the ordinary with extravagant.

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Eloise Greenfield's Lifelong Love of Words Inspires Young African-American Readers

When it comes to writing, Eloise Greenfield likes to take that slow magical ride into the world of imagination and creativity.

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Catania Bills Highlight Needs of Special-Education Students

D.C. Council member David Catania introduced three different bills Tuesday aimed at overhauling special education in both District public and charter schools.

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Pepco's Edison Place Gallery Celebrates Girl Scouts Week

The Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Northwest is hosting an exhibit in honor of the Girl Scouts, as the organization holds its annual weeklong national celebration.

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Michelle Obama Joins Stretch Run for Health Care Push

First lady Michelle Obama joined Tuesday the push to get the uninsured signed up for health care coverage as the open enrollment period draws to a close, appealing to women for help in getting their families to enroll.

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Dalai Lama Shares Message of Compassion, Unity

The Dalai Lama told a packed National Cathedral on Friday that compassion is the true path to divinity — a path he said isn't always easy for human beings to take.

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Cluster Bees Propel 36 to Championship

More than 100 students in grades 4-8 from public, charter, private, parochial and home schools around the District participated in the 32nd annual Cluster Spelling Bees hosted Feb. 25-27 at Capitol Hill Montessori School in Northeast.

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Ward 8 Clinic Offers Affordable Services

With the addition of the District's latest Community of Hope facility conveniently located in their backyards, health care for many of the area's disadvantaged residents will be both more accessible and affordable.

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Michelle Obama Visits D.C. Charter School Ahead of China Trip

To prepare for her first trip later this month to China, first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday visited Yu Ying Public Charter School in Northeast D.C., where she sought advice from a group of 6th-graders who traveled there last year.

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D.C. School Boundary Changes Long Overdue, Officials Say

It's been nearly 40 years since school boundary lines and feeder patterns in the District have been drawn. And while school officials admit that the larger, more complex issues of race and class must first be addressed, they also contend that redrawing boundaries and feeder patterns are necessary and long overdue.

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D.C. Schools Chief Henderson to Deliver Budget Address

D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will deliver her budget address at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at McKinley Tech Education Campus in Northeast.