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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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Gay couples will be able to get married in Maryland starting January 1, 2013. Advocates say they still have more work to do. Voters such as Greg Gremillion in Beltsville helped make Maryland the first state to uphold same-sex marriage via referendum. "I feel it's a simple civil rights issue," says Gremillion. "Everyone should have that right and the protections and pri...
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Approximately 4,500 senior citizens who are homebound rely on the Meals on Wheels service, which provides nutritious food delivered to their homes. But due to Hurricane Sandy heading down the east coast, those recipients had to do without visits today. The service usually delivers a hot and a cold meal, and today's hot meal was supposed to be meatballs with stroganoff sauce,...
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Update, 5:00 p.m.: WMATA has announced that Metro service will be suspended through Tuesday morning, pending an assessment of the infrastructure. MetroAccess has been suspended all day Tuesday. Original Story: Washington's D.C.'s Metrorail and bus system...
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The number of students in D.C. Public Schools, both traditional and charter, is now its highest in a decade at 81,000  students, according to the latest estimates from District officials. But those numbers aren't the final word on enrollment. The enrollment count is 5 percent higher than last year, school officials say. But they are comparing audited numbers from last yea...
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Growing up in Canton, Ohio in the early 1980s, Eric Nuzum became convinced he was haunted by a little girl in a blue dress. His anxiety over this "haunting" ended with Nuzum in a psychiatric ward. Decades later, Nuzum has told the tale in a new book, "Giving Up The Ghost." He recently talked with Metro Connection's Kavitha Cardoza about how he confronted his fear of ghosts. Following ...
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More than 45,000 students applied to medical school this year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Even so the president of the organization is warning this might not necessarily translate into new doctors. The three percent increase continues an upward trend in applications. Dr Darrell Kirch is President of the AAMC. He says these students are also more...
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Parents at Hearst Elementary School in Northwest D.C. are pushing for answers about their school's scheduled renovation.  Hearst was repeatedly promised a fully modernized school with new classrooms, a gym and cafeteria by the next academic year, parents said during a meeting on the renovation Tuesday night. Now, after more than a year of planning, they want to know when ...
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Approximately 400 students at Hart Middle School in Southeast D.C. will use the math program "Teach to One," that D.C. Public Schools officials say has been very effective in New York. The pilot program is technology-based and allows for personalized lesson plans where students can learn at their own pace, based on their ability. Students will have their own laptops,...
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D.C. Public Schools officials have named David Pinder principal of the year and Hope Harrod teacher of the year.  Pinder began his career as a social studies teacher and now heads McKinley Technology High School in Northeast D.C. It's a specialized high school where approximately 700 students focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Pinder ...
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It's been two years since Michelle Rhee resigned as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. During that time, she closed more than two dozen schools, fired hundreds of teachers, brought in millions of dollars in private funding and pushed through a landmark teachers union contract. The pace of reform in D.C. has changed since she left, she said in a recent interview. "I thi...
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When Michelle Rhee became the new chancellor of DCPS, she quickly earned a reputation as the most blunt, least diplomatic school leader in the city's history. Now a year distanced from her time with DCPS, she's immersed in her new organization StudentsFirst, which advocates for education reform across the country. She talks with education reporter Kavitha Cardoza about her new venture...
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Young African Americans are exposed to "substantially" more alcohol advertisements compared to youths in general, researchers at Johns  Hopkins University say. African American youths between the ages of 12 and 20 see approximately 30 percent more advertisements for alcohol in magazines and almost 20 percent more on TV, according to a new report released by the university...
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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...