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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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Several D.C. Public School principals are applying for grants of up to $400,000 under a new program called Proving What's Possible.  DCPS has set aside a $10 million pot of money for schools with the "most compelling plans" to improve student results. "A $10 million commitment tells schools we are serious about them doing big things," says Chancellor Kaya Henderson. ...
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Results from an assessment, known as the Nation's Report Card, are out. D.C.'s public schools, both traditional and charter, ranked last among 52 jurisdictions. The average science score for D.C. eighth graders is 112 out of a possible 300 points. That's below the national average of 1...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently unveiled a new strategic plan for the schools, including increasing enrollment and improving the graduation rate. Kavitha Cardoza catches up with Henderson and takes a look at some of the ambitious goals the chancellor has outlined for herself, city teachers and students. Following are highlights of their conversation. ...
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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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Last October, Joanna Lewton a teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Northwest D.C., heard a story on Metro Connection about a group of Illinois students who were scrimping and saving to raise money to come to D.C. "I was so impressed by how hard they were working," says Lewton. "There are budget cuts, and it's really hard to raise money for things." She got ...
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More than a million students drop out of school every year, including approximately 1,200 kids in D.C. But some decide to return to school and pursue their studies anew. In the final part of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza visits a "second chance" school and looks at the implications for these students if they again fail to graduate. [Music: "Have a Litt...
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In the latest in our American Graduate series, we consider whether successful strategies implemented in a single school can be expanded to several schools, or even a whole city. In D.C., a handful of schools are trying out a Baltimore program that involves tracking students closely and having students team up with mentors. And as Kavitha Cardoza reports, there are signs of progress....
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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says Maryland's bay restoration strategy is underfunded and may not get the job done as promised. The foundation says Maryland is more than halfway toward meeting its goals, but state lawmakers must provide dedicated funding for upgrading sewage treatment plants and stormwater systems. Policies als...
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Virginia Tech's president is defending his actions during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. President Charles Steger testified Friday at a wrongful death trial brought by the families of two students killed during the April 16, 2007, campus attack. Thirty-three people, including the gunman, died. Steger defended his actions during the mass shooting saying "I ...
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Decades of prevention campaigns have barely affected the dropout rate in the United States. But there have been some pockets of success in otherwise struggling school systems. In the latest in our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza visits a Baltimore high school where researchers from Johns Hopkins University use techniques that are starting to show results. [Mu...
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Maryland's school board is proposing that administrators be allowed to suspend students for more than ten days only if they believe it's the only way to keep the school safe. The proposal is part of a state effort to cut the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses. The board also proposes studying the disproportionate number of suspensions for minoriti...
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Being homeless, living in poverty, and getting arrested while going to school are not generally associated with good educational outcomes. Yet every year there are students who rise above their challenging circumstances and succeed. In the latest in our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza meets two D.C. students who overcame these challenges and are on track to graduate from hig...
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Getting a good job, of course, requires a strong education - especially in a global marketplace. But in international rankings of developed countries, the U.S. is near the bottom of the list when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school. In part four of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza looks at what makes American schools different and what we ca...
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To many adults, it isn't always clear what pushes young people to commit crimes -- particularly violent crimes. In 2011, Kavitha Cardoza sought answers to just that question. She met two teens who've had brushes with the law to hear about their lives and why they've made the choices they made. [Music: "Umbrella (Instrumental)" by Rihanna from Umbrella CDS]...