Student, bystander killed in shootings as D.C. homicide total grows

The Washington Post reported on the killing of a bystander/16-year-old student, Maurice Jackson Jr., a junior at Dunbar high school. Read the full story here. 


SE DC elementary riddled by bullets during school hours Monday, principal says

Channel 7 News reported on Staunton ES locked down after bullets struck kindergarten and 5th grade classroom. Watch the full story here.

A month after turning 17, he was killed on his way to work

Washington Post reported on the death of a 17-year-old Antonio Cunnington, a DC student, shot on his way to work. Read the full story here.

News Channel 4 - Teen Boy Shot and Killed in Northwest DC

News Channel 4 reported on the death of a teenage high school student shot by another student outside Dunbar High School today. Watch the full story here.

In a changing Mount Pleasant, Bancroft Elementary loses federal grant

Washington DC - Washington Post reports on gentrification affecting school's ability to retain Title I funding. "The shift comes after D.C. Public Schools changed the way it assesses Title I eligibility, but also reflects a transformation years in the making, which is familiar now to many longtime D.C. residents and natives — the neighborhood that surrounds Bancroft has become increasingly attractive to wealthier crowds in search of coveted row homes and lush public parks, pricing out lower-income families and reshaping local schools." Read more here.

DC Public School Officials Address Teacher Shortage at Top of new school year

Washington, DC - DC activists raise concerns that DCPS isn't doing enough to raise DCPS teacher retention rates.

“Two years ago an American University study found the DCPS teacher evaluation system to be racially biased, yet two years later it remains virtually unchanged,” Goldstein told the AFRO. “From an evaluation system that creates fear instead of growth to an excessive amount of standardized testing and far too little teacher professional authority, we still aren’t doing what we need to do to retain educators.” - Scott Goldstein, founder and executive director of EmpowerEd, an organization that seeks to create an equitable education system in D.C.

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From HVAC to pests, D.C. schools are still waiting on crucial repairs: The Department of General Services, which is responsible for maintaining school buildings, said crews are working “as hard as possible”

The Washington Post interviewed teachers and DCPS regarding crucial repairs raising safety issues and disrupting the teaching and learning process. To read the full story, click here.

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