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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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The GED, or General Educational Development certificate, has been called "America's largest high school." It accounts for 12 percent of all high school credentials given out in the U.S. And for adults who dropped out years ago, it's widely seen as the first step to a better paying job. But as special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza finds in the second part of our series, "Yesterday's Dr...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says even though each student attending DCPS will receive more money compared to last year, the school system's overall budget has decreased by $8 million. Henderson says that for the past two years, the school system has received money for 47,000 students, even though the actual numbers were closer to 45,000.  But this year, ...
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The national debate around education usually focuses on children. But what happens when those children grow up and try to make their way in the world? This week, we'll kick off a new five-part series looking at the struggles adults face long after they leave school without a diploma. Approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. are at the low end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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A Washington, D.C. community group is suing the city in an attempt to stop the planned closure of 15 public schools. The group Empower DC says the closures will disproportionately affect minority, special education and low-income students. The group filed suit today, saying closing the schools violates the U.S. Constitution and city and federal laws. School chance...
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A new education documentary set in the District airs this week on public television stations across the country. It's called 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, and follows five students from Washington Metropolitan High School, or DC Met. It shows what life is like inside this alternative high school in northwest D.C. and how the approximately 250 students struggle to ov...
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A new education documentary set in Washington, D.C. airs Monday on public television stations across the country. It's called ...
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It's spring break right now at many local colleges and universities, but there's a lot happening in the world of higher education -- from budget crunches to an upcoming Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions policies. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza speaks with Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Education, about the big changes coming for colleges, and how they're ...
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A few weeks after D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced she would close down 15 schools, she says she has a plan to keep students in the traditional school system. Henderson says she will "aggressively" recruit students from the school...
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Every year, thousands of D.C. children take part in some type of summer program, whether it’s through summer school, summer jobs or summer camps. Maggie Riden, the executive director of the D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates, which represents 130 nonprofits that work with children, says figuring out exactly how many were taking part was difficult to determine. “No a...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced he will ask for an increase in city funding for public education for the next fiscal year. Gray wants to increase the amount the city spends on each child's education by 2 percent. The increase means a bump up from approximately $9,100 to $9,300 for each student. Both traditional and charter schools receive a base amount of money...
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Wilson High school in Northwest D.C. is trying to educate high school students about being healthy with a little help the television personality Dr Oz at a health fair titled "Love Your Healthy Self." Students passed through the 15 different stalls on different health-related subjects. At the "I love my teeth" booth, they saw their favorite drinks matched with packets of th...
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The majority of public charter schools in D.C. will now have common deadlines for applications, school lottery and for acceptance. Eighty five of the 100 charter schools in the District have agreed on uniform dates: March 15 for applications, March 22 for lotteries and April 12 to accept a school spot. Charter schools that have more applicants than spaces hold lotteries. ...
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Thousands of students in D.C.'s traditional and charter public schools have moved out of the system during the past academic year, according to data from the first student mobility report conducted in the District. More than 6,200 students transferred out of D.C. schools — no one is sure where they've gone. Approximately 4,600 students transferred into the District. No one i...
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Charter schools in the District now educate 43 percent of the student population and their enrollment growth is dwarfing that of the city's traditional public schools, according to the latest figures. Student enrollment throughout the city's public schools increased 5 percent for this academic year. A total of 80,230 students are enrolled in D...
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Race to the Top is the $4 billion federal grant initiative to improve education. But of the twelve jurisdictions the received funds two local ones — D.C. and Maryland — are not making the progress they promised they would. Each jurisdiction laid out its own plan for comprehensive reform and nine of the 12 are making remarkable progress, federal education officials say....
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A 2008 report from the National Science Foundation showed approximately one in 10 people who work in science and engineering are managers. And of those managers, fewer than 20 percent are women. Further, female doctoral science and engineering faculty are less likely than their male colleagues to be married and have children living with them. The same report showed unmarried ...