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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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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 ...
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Thousands of students were evacuated after a fight broke out at a college fair in the D.C. convention center this morning.  Students were promised the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from approximately 300 universities throughout the U.S. at the Greater Washington National College Fair. But approximately two hours after the event began, a fight br...
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A group of eighth graders in Gifford, Ill. are working hard to raise money so they can spend a few days in our nation's capital. They're just a handful of the many thousands of school kids who descend on this city every year. And their goal is pretty straightforward: Washington, or bust! Bake sales and car washes pave the way to D.C. Gifford, with a p...
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  D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers' Union are set to begin negotiations for a new contract Oct. 20, and both sides are hopeful the process won't be as difficult this time around. Three years of the current five-year contract had to be implemented retroactively because negotiations were contentious, drawn out, and eventually needed a mediator.  ...
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Visitors to Virginia brought in approximately $19 billion in revenue in 2010, announced Governor Bob McDonnell Wednesday. That's an increase of almost seven percent.Governor Bob McDonnell says that tourism supported more than 200,000 jobs and brought in more than $1 billion in state and local taxes last year.The governor calls the increases in revenue encouragi...
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Teachers in the District go through a lengthy evaluation process each year, and the best of the best are offered bonuses of up to $25,000. This year, some also are getting an increase in their base salary of up to $18,000. So what do those teachers do that makes them worth all that dough? To find out, spend a day in the classroom with Tiffany Johnson, a math and reading teach...
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There hasn't been a measureable change in U.S. students' science test scores over the past 15 years. What has changed, though, is that a number of other countries are doing better. "Our culture unfortunately doesn't give science doesn't get attention it deserves," says Don Rea, a former space scientist who founded the group ...
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A new barbering school "54th and Cutz" is part of an effort to teach new skills to young people involved in the District’s juvenile justice system. The school, which is in a public housing community in one of Northeast D.C.’s most violence-plagued areas, is also helping boys become strong men. Andre Watson, 17, is one of five students learning how to become a barber. ...
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The number of "highly effective" D.C. Public School teachers offered and accepting bonuses has increased this year. This year, 670 teachers were eligible for bonuses and 70 percent of them accepted the money, a 10 percent increase over last year.Jason K...
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 Sept. 11 has been an ongoing event for children of military service members, many of whom have seen their parents deploy multiple times to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.Ashton Stout's father has been deployed a dozen times since September 11, 2001. At 17, the senior at Middle-High School at Marine Corps Base Quantico says her father has missed most of her milestone...