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Kavitha Cardoza

Special Correspondent

Cardoza reports on area news, with a special focus on children, education and poverty.

Cardoza has won numerous awards for her work. In 2012 she received the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News. That same year, her five-part series on childhood obesity won first place in the Series category in the National Awards for Education Reporting and recognition from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Cardoza joined the station in 2008, and was previously the Springfield bureau chief for WUIS in Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university’s Department of Communication.

She holds graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Manipal Institute of Communication in India.


Articles Written by Kavitha Cardoza

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Not enough child psychiatrists, not enough resources, conflicting diagnoses — through the many months of reporting on children and mental health, those are common themes we’ve heard from parents. There’s another one: The fear that their child might commit suicide. For some, the heartbreak is final. WAMU and nprEd...
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Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a pounding heart. Everyone feels anxious once in a while. But for approximately one in eight teenagers, anxiety is more than just a temporary worry or fear — it can stress them out too much to even come to school. And that can leave parents desperate. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the...
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At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibits the signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. And educators are increasingly seeing students who need help but they aren’t sure how to respond. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the last few months to bring you a series on children and mental health — bo...
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At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibits the signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. And educators are increasingly seeing students who need help but they aren’t sure how to respond. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the last few months to bring you a series on children and mental health — bo...
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The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report that finds a D.C. Public Schools initiative is not fair to girls. The program focuses on serving boys of color. The $20 million initiative, "Empowering Males of Color," is meant to help African-American and Latino boys. City leaders say it’s necessary to ...
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More than 130 teachers came out Thursday to protest the lack of a current contract with chants like "Negotiate now!" For the last four years, teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools have been working under a contract that expired back in 2012. And they haven’t had a base salary increase since then. Teachers feel undervalued Alex McKeithen teaches music ...
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Valerie Mallory is playing with her 2-year-old daughter Aliyah. Valerie is a former foster child. She’s tall and athletic; Aliyah is small and plump. The toddler’s childhood is very different from her mother’s. “I went through three group homes, two foster homes and then independent living home,” Valerie says. “It was very hard for me. I had 1,000 social workers ...
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For the second year, students in D.C. and Maryland are getting ready to take tests based on the Common Core State Standards. Officially these tests are known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, tests. They’re tougher than state-specific tests, and children in several states are taking the same PARCC tests, so it’s easier to make compar...
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D.C. Public Schools students targeted for extra help may not be getting the support they need, says a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which advocates for low-income residents. Mary Levy, a longtime analyst of school budgets, ...
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Thomas O'Rourke was a teacher for 10 years in D.C.'s traditional public school system. In 2010, during the second year of the new teacher evaluation system called IMPACT, he received an "ineffective" rating. That led to O'Rourke losing his job. More than four years later, a grievance he filed went to arbitration, and he is the ...
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Teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools are bracing for a new measure of how effective they are: the student survey. D.C. has piloted different types of student surveys in more than two dozen schools across the District. More than 450 teachers in grades 3 through 12 have participated. It’s been an under-the radar-effort so far, but starting this fall, almost every...
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For several years now, classroom observations and student test scores have factored into teachers’ evaluations and by extension their job security. Starting in the fall, teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools will face another measure of how good they are ...
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The Washington Teacher's Union, which represents educators in D.C.'s traditional public schools, says it plans to file a labor complaint against the school system because it is extending the academic year from 180 days to 200 on some campuses. There are more than 360 teachers at the ...
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Over the past few years, D.C. public schools have focused on expanding offerings at K-through-12 schools. Its ideas include music and art classes in elementary schools, more electives and excursions in middle schools and expanded AP courses and career academies in high schools. Now, Chancellor Kaya Henderson says a big focus in the new budget will be on alternative schools...
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In 2009, D.C.’s traditional public school system was among the first in the country to link student test scores with teacher evaluations and by extension their job security. Now officials have announced several changes to that evaluation process that begin this fall. Key components of the evaluation system known as IMPACT are still in place, but now there will be other dif...
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D.C. has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country. And so five years ago, the District implemented tougher legislation to improve overall health in schools. The Healthy Schools Act set higher nutritional standards, requiring less fat and salt in meals and more whole grains and fresh salads. The law also increased the physical education requirements fivefold. ...
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A long-standing challenge in education is the dreaded “summer slide,” where children — especially those from low income families — lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year while they’re on vacation. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) says he visited Cooke Elementary recently, where he said the principal told him this was a “huge proble...
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Thousands of flights cancelled, Metro shut down and most people unable to work — the historic blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the Washington region carries a steep price tag, but not everyone was losing money. A day before the snowstorm began, Robert Warren was starting to look worried. He sells Street Sense, a newspaper written by the homeless about home...
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What do you do when you're stranded on a bus during a blizzard and you want to have mass? Make a snow alter. pic.twitter.com/i4LoJX98Kf— Kennedey Moffet (@kennedeymae) ...
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The Washington Metro region is bracing for a big storm starting this evening. Schools are closed, offices are shuttered and even the Metro system is quiet. But for many of the people who serve the region’s homeless population, this is a very busy time as they organize extra beds and meals. Stephanie Lyons with Pathways to Housing — a nonprofit that works with the homeles...