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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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The National Gallery of Art houses almost 4,000 paintings. Over time, they can be damaged by sunlight, humidity and grime. So every year, a team of eight conservators chooses approximately a dozen paintings to restore to their natural beauty.In some galleries in Europe they like to display a painting in its natural state, with cracked paint, water damage, and faded colors, says...
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Safe schools, better technology, more library books are a few of the responses residents have texted, emailed or written in since the campaign began says Chancellor Kaya Henderson.She says the information will be used to put together a new strategic plan for the District. DCPS is trying to include as many people as possible after a 2008 plan under former Chancellor Michelle Rhe...
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WAMU: When you compare charter school test scores to traditional pueblo schools, at the elementary level, they're comparable, but at the secondary level, charter schools are 10 percentage points ahead in reading and the 16 percent points ahead in math. But the gap over the years is clearly narrowing. Does that concern you?Jones: Obviously, we'r...
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Explaining elementary achievement gapDuring a press conference recently, Henderson said she was "excited" and "thrilled because students' test scores across the District have improved during the past five years.But those statistics also show that during the past two years, elementary students' test scores have dropped by six percentage points. It's something Henderson ...
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Kate Walsh, president of NCTQ, says the group evaluated approximately 10 percent of teacher training programs in the country.The University of the District of Columbia, Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland, and the College of William and Mary in Virginia were all rated "weak" in the study.The University of Maryland, Baltimore Count...
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More than 200 teachers fired for poor performance were among the approximately 400 DCPS employees terminated Friday. This is the second year the evaluation tool has been used to fire teachers considered "ineffective."This is also the second year students test scores ha...
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Almost three times the number of teachers in D.C. Public Schools will be fired this year compared to last year; approximately 200 of them for poor evaluations.Those teachers rated "ineffective" for this school year or "minimally effective" for the past two school years. Licensure issues accounted for 104 of the notices sent today.Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she knew t...
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Yes they're hungry, Metro staff warns of escalators, but they have highly specific dietary needs and shoes have no nutritional value. Neither do the keys or cell phones that are sometimes dropped by riders -- but flip-flops are the equivalent of junk food."If someone makes it to the top or the bottom of the escalator where the yellow comb plate is located and they don't lift th...
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Overall in D.C., secondary schools continued their five-year upward trend with the 2011 standardized test results. Now, almost 53 percent of secondary school students are "proficient" in math, and 48 percent in reading."You would be hard pressed to find any other major urban jurisdiction that has results like this," says D.C. State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley....
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The report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" ranks states and District of Columbia on the obesity scale. Maryland is the 26th most obese state, Virginia is 30th and the District is 50th. But in all three, the percentage of adults who are obese is around the 25 percent mark.Jeff Levi heads Trust for America's Health, the organization that co-authored the repo...
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According to the results, secondary school students in D.C.P.S. showed nearly a 3 percentage-point increase in math compared to last year. Now 46 percent of students are what is called, “proficient" in math. Reading scores increased slightly as well, with 44 percent of students at grade level.D.C. school chancellor Kaya Henderson used words such as "thrilled" and "excited" to...
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Jeff Levi heads Trust for America's Health, the organization that co-authored the report. He says in a relative ranking, D.C. comes out better than all states except Colorado. But he also notes that in the absolute sense, the District still has an unacceptably high level of obesity.Levi also says the overall obesity rate of almost 22 percent masks large disparities in the popul...
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There is still a lot left to be done, however, before the entire lawsuit is dismissed.A court-appointed monitor found the District now has a 90 percent timeliness compliance in the Blackman part of the case. This means most students who file complaints about the special education services they receive now meet a hearing officer and have the issue resolved within 45 days....
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Before he was hired by the D.C. government, Thomas Nelson served time for armed robbery and assault. Gray called the incidents alarming but says whether or not to hire someone who has been in prison is "a hugely delicate balance.""We have a lot of returning citizens in the District of Columbia and they wind up swelling the ranks of the unemployed," Gray says. "So we're working ...
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Blade Editor Kevin Naff says staff members have just begun the process of digitally archiving all those images to preserve them. He says there are joyful photos of early pride celebrations in the '70s as well as more serious ones."There's one of a gay man who had died of AIDS and activists carried his open casket to the White House," he says. "Those photos are very powerful."...
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Parker will be a senior fellow for a year, writing policy papers, meeting teachers and advocating for education reform.Some have called Parker a sellout for joining Rhee. Parker says that while he and Rhee do not agree on everything, there are issues they do agree on, including teacher salaries and performance incentive pay."If it's about children, then you work with peo...
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Grasmick was named superintendent in 1991 and for two decades has overseen what is now widely considered the best public school system in the country. She says she's proud of the changes she's been able to implement, including consolidating early childhood programs."In 2001 and 2002, only 49 percent of our children were coming to school really ready to learn," she says. "This y...
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In the coming weeks, teachers in D.C. public schools will begin receiving letters with their evaluation ratings, and for some that could mean pink slips. Hundreds of educators who received poor scores last year could be fired if their scores haven't improved this year.Saunders knows that the Teachers' Union doesn't have the right to negotiate the teacher evaluation tool. But he...
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The gains are modest but show an upward trend. For example, across Maryland elementary school children's reading scores increased from 82.8 to 83.5 percent proficiency, and middle school student's math scores moved up from 72.6 to 73.7 percent. Maryland Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick says the state has a strong curriculum and professional development programs in place."S...
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Holton-Arms is a private school for girls grades three through 12. Teachers, including Mary de Pinho, say they're not surprised Lagarde is in such an influential position. De Pinho taught at the school for 35 years and remembers Lagarde when she came to the U.S. from France and enrolled as a senior at the school in 1974."She was an uncommonly mature teenager. She was sophistica...