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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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More D.C. Public School students took the Advanced Placement or AP exams last year than in years past, but less than a third are passing the test. Almost 2,300 DCPS students took the exam — up 15 percent from the year before. There was a 6 percent increase nationwide.Chancellor Kaya Henderson attributes the increase to a decision last year that required all high ...
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One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Significant numbers of those young people are grappling with health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Those conditions can be difficult for children to manage in any setting, but they can pose particular challenges for children during the school day....
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Approximately 330 charter school students in the District were suspended for 10 days or more as punishment for one incident during the last academic year. Approximately 230 were expelled.  The charter school suspension rate is approximately 1 percent and expulsion rate is a little lower. Each charter school sets its own discipline policy and students can be suspended or e...
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This week, education reporter Kavitha Cardoza sits down with Pete Gwynn aka Mr TeachBad, a former D.C. Public Schools teacher who had a blog about the frustrations of teaching. Gwynn was a teacher in D.C. for 6 years but says after school officials found out about his blog, he received poor evaluations and was fired June 2011. On blog posts including ones such as 'Mayb...
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D.C. Public Schools began the new school year with more than 450 new teachers and dozens of new principals. Nearly 90,000 new textbooks have arrived, and a lot of talk is expected in the year ahead about students' scores in reading and math. But improving test scores isn't the only thing DCPS is focusing on. This year, they're also trying to improve the way they teach physical educati...
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D.C. Public Schools has been trying hard to hold onto good teachers through a variety of methods — significant amounts of money in bonuses, leadership opportunities and more professional development. But they are also wrestling with another challenge: principal turnover. Jason Ka...
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The controversial teacher evaluation tool IMPACT was introduced in D.C. Public Schools in 2009. It tied a teacher's job security to their students test scores. DCPS has modified the evaluation tool every year, including a change this year that reduces the impact of student test scores.This year, how students score on standardized tests will count for 35 instead of 50 perce...
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D.C.'s Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has unveiled a new career ladder to allow high-performing teachers more leadership opportunities and more money, while also allowing them to remain the classroom. "They're looking for leadership opportunities, they're looking for opportunities to expand and broaden their reach, to influence policy and decision making that happens...
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Students at Turner Elementary School in Southeast D.C. started the 2012 academic year in a school building that's been renovated extensively.  The $30 million spent on the project paid for smart boards and computers in all classrooms and a new kitchen and gym. There are also new outdoor play spaces, including basketball and tennis courts and playgrounds. The ...
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Former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was in attendance at the Republican National Convention. During her time in the District, her work to reform D.C. schools was considered controversial, and in many cases divisive. But at the RNC in Tampa, she was preaching unity. Rhee says the Republican and Democratic parties have more similarities than differences when it ...
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More people are visiting Maryland, according to state tourism officials. The state saw a nearly 7 percent increase in the number of domestic travelers visiting the state in 2011, the Associated Press reports.  The approximately 34 million visitors included more leisure and business travelers on both day trips and overnight stays.  State tourism director Margo...
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The District of Columbia's inspector general has found that cheating on standardized tests occurred at one school in 2010 but has found no evidence of widespread cheating across the school system, according to the Associated Press. The inspector general's report found at least one teacher at Noyes Education Campus coached students toward correct answers on tests. But ther...
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Montgomery County has been awarded $40 million in grants for transportation projects at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, the Associated Press reports. The grants will help Walter Reed deal with increased traffic caused by base realignment, Department of Defense officials say. The realignment has increased personnel at the medical complex by almost ...
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As many as a third of people who are HIV positive don't know their status. And outreach workers say that's one of the biggest challenges to preventing the spread of HIV in the community. Kavitha Cardoza looks at the challenges of educating young people about the disease and how public schools have dramatically changed how they teach sex education....
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Children's National Medical Center in Northwest D.C., cares for approximately 400 children and teens living with HIV. In the second part of our series on children with HIV, Kavitha Cardoza looks at some of the physical, psychological and emotional challenges for young people living with the disease, as well as for the healthcare team that cares for them. ...
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Kavitha Cardoza and Nathasha Lim ventured into the night with the Whitman-Walker Health van to see what it's like to be on the forefront of the fight against HIV among D.C.'s young people....
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D.C. HIV Series Part 1: HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence Part 2: Hospital Team Works To Keep Kids With HIV Healthy...
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D.C. HIV Series Part 1: HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence Part 2: Hospital Team Works To Keep Kids With HIV Healthy...
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Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of HIV infection in the nation, almost 3 percent. It's considered an epidemic. Health officials believe one way to halt the spread of the disease is to encourage people to get tested and "know their status." They hope this will encourage residents to seek treatment and reduce the chances of them passing on the virus. ...
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D.C. HIV Series Part 1: HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence Part 2: Hospital Team Works To Keep Kids With HIV Healthy...