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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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A national charter school advocacy organization has ranked D.C. among the top places in the country for having pro-charter laws. The same report places Maryland and Virginia at the bottom. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranks D.C. 11th of 42 jurisdictions with charter school laws. That's three spots...
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The No Child Left Behind Act has been the educational law of the land for nearly 10 years. It required school districts to show improvement every year until 2014, when all children were expected to be 100 percent proficient in reading and math. Now, the Obama administration is offering "waivers," which it says will allow districts to continue to make improvements while moving away fro...
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Chancellor Kaya Henderson has unveiled new scorecards for 119 of D.C.'s public schools as part of an effort to be more transparent and give parents more access. Each school's profile is meant to provide what she calls "a more holistic view" of what's happening inside each building, Henderson says. Parents can look ...
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A new report shows black students in the D.C. area are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students. The trend can be seen in both the Maryland and Virginia suburbs and inner city Washington....
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Alan Gross, the American government subcontractor, who has been jailed in Cuba for more than two years, was not among the almost 3,000 prisoners recently released by the Cuban government. Nearly 50 people were at 16th street in Northwest DC holding signs calling for the release of the 62 year old from Potomac, Maryland. His supporters say he was simply helping the the Jewish c...
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A new barbering school known as "54th and Cutz" is working with young men in some of Northeast D.C.'s most troubled neighborhoods. The school is housed in the Richardson Dwellings public housing community, and serves teens who've been through the juvenile justice system. Kavitha Cardoza explores the role barbers play in the African-American community and what the barbers at 54th and...
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Food advocates have criticized D.C. public school cafeterias for serving unhealthy, tasteless food for years. But school leaders have been revamping the menu, tasting more than 300 items and cutting out all fried foods. A different fruit and vegetable has to be served every day. Kavitha Cardoza looks at how going back to a simpler, healthier way of eating is working and how children a...
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The latest results from the Nation's Report Card, a federal education study conducted every two years, have been released. And what's most striking in this year's findings is the large achievement gap between black and white students in D.C.'s public schools. The District's schools ranked the highest compared to other urban school districts, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelp...
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D.C.'s public schools have the largest achievement gap between black and white students in the U.S., more than twice the average gap seen in other large cities. Those figures come from a 2011 federal education study commonly referred to as the "Nation's Report Card."  ...
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D.C.'s public school students took a step forward in math but a step back in reading. That's the word according to the "Nation's Report Card" -- a federal education study.The average DCPS score in both reading and math was lower than the average score for public school students in large cities acros...
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Four D.C. public charter schools are in danger of being closed at the end of this academic year, after they received precipitously low rankings in a new rating system released Dec. 6 by the charter school board. D.C.'s public charter school board designed the new system to classify approximately 70 charter schools based on their academic performance. The evaluation system m...
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Two students from Academies at Anacostia, a public charter school in D.C., will have the honor of being mentored by none other than President Barack Obama. A school spokesperson says the juniors Alonzo Tabron and Malcolm Ware were chosen because they showed a marked improvement, both academically and behaviorally over the past two years. This despite challenging home circumsta...
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D.C.'s Public School officials are responding to a recent federal court ruling that found the school system wasn't doing enough to help preschool children with special needs. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth criticized the District for what he called a "persistent failure" to help disabled preschoolers, calling the delays and barriers to services "deeply troubling." He rule...
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When it comes to students across the world, a new study shows there's more than a moderate interest in studying abroad. The Institute of International Education says study-abroad programs are more popular than ever. And the nation's capital draws its fair share of foreign students. A record number of foreign college students -- more than 723,000 -- came to the U.S. to study l...
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A record number of foreign students -- more than 723,000 -- came to the U.S. to study last year. There was also an increase in the number of U.S. students studying on other countries. That's according to the latest figures from the international education "Open Doors" report. The U.S. is ...
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This year, the District has joined more than 40 states in an effort to establish common expectations for what students should learn every year from kindergarten through high school. The effort is part of the Common Core State Standards, a nationwide educational initiative. Redefining 'proficiency' D.C. Public Schools Chief Academic Officers Dan Gordon ...
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The preliminary enrollment count for this academic year in the District shows a decrease for traditional public schools and an increase for charter schools, compared to numbers from last Fall.  The unaudited October enrollment for DCPS is 46,191 students. That's an approximate decrease of one percent compared to last year. But because of growth in public charter schools, ...
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Twenty students from Montgomery Blair High School sit in a circle and talk about their role models. It might sound like freshman orientation, or even a session with the school counselor, but actually, these students are members of the Africa Club. Ismahan, from Somalia, tells the other students that his inspiration is his mom. Sitting next to him, Sierra Leone native Carl D...
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D.C. Public Schools' evaluation system for teachers and staff has been touted as a way to identify and keep great teachers. But that's not always the case. Some teachers recently found themselves unemployed despite good evaluations.  Patricia Hoyle was teaching at Anacostia High School in Southeast D.C. when she received a letter saying her position with the school system...
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Approximately 24,000 people responded to a district-wide survey of D.C. Public Schools, and people have a more positive perception of the school system ...