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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 landmark civil rights law requires jurisdictions in Virginia and other mostly southern states to obtain federal approval any time they change voting laws and procedures. The law is designed to protect minority rights at the ballot box.Jurisdictions can sue to be exempt if they can prove a clean recent history regarding voting discrimination. Manassas Park filed suit earlier...
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Getting the right help to special needs studentsIt's a long running question in public education: how do you best serve children who are struggling?That's the issue Hayley Steffan addressed in the Teach for America challenge. She taught students with special needs in Community Academy Public Charter School. She says the school system assigns teachers to schools based o...
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Youth advocates are estimating that there are cuts of approximately $17 million to summer programs. That means that up to 15,000 more young people will be without structured programs during the hot summer months compared to last year, leaving them vulnerable to negative influences and with no chance to catch up academically.Cuts to programs that provide a safe space...
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In order to close a $188 million dollar budget shortfall in 2011, summer youth programs have been cut. Nonprofit leaders estimate as many as 15,000 students will not have summer activities they would have had in the past.Funding for what are called "enrichment activities," including camps and field trips has been reduced, as well as the number of spots available in summer schoo...
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More and more research is showing the importance of a strong principal. They are often the most senior people walking the hallways of public schools. But hanging on to a good principal -– and getting rid of a bad one –- is a difficult process, one that, in D.C. at least, has been overshadowed by the intense focus on teachers.Former DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee brought the ...
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Arnold Mitchem heads the Council for Opportunity in Education. He says low income, minority, and disabled students are struggling to get college degrees. "Since 2007, 43 states have reduced their education budgets by 40 percent," he says.To combat this, faculty members from around the country have formed the National Cam...
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Real estate agents are always looking for ways to stand out from each other and get people's attention -- from sponsoring sports leagues and hosting open house barbecues to creating Facebook pages and producing podcasts of the latest trends in the real estate market.Getting noticed … everywhereWhen Karen Hall moved to Virginia she didn't know anyone, and connections ...
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In his three years at DCPS, Nyankori focused on reforming special education, trying to resolve court cases he inherited and reduce the number of special education students who attend private schools and meet their needs in public schools. DCPS spends almost a $250 million to educate approximately 2,400 special education students in private placements.Nyankori says he's proud of...
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The employees that received the notices that their jobs were being "excessed," as it is called, will be able to reapply for other openings in the school system.At Wednesday's "transfer fair," as it was called, more than 300 employees crowded into a large school auditorium, where principals from more than 60 schools were on hand collecting resumes and conducting mini-interviews....
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The hall was crowded with many of the approximately 750 teachers and staff who received "excess" notices, meaning they would no longer have their current positions at DCPS at the end of the academic year. But they can apply for other jobs within the system.More than 60 schools set up tables at School Without Walls Senior High School in Northwest D.C. for the fair. Teachers coul...
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The school system sent notices to hundred of teachers this week saying their position would be "excessed" -- meaning it would no longer exist at the end of this academic year.The excessing process is cause for concern among teachers and their union representatives, some of whom oppose the provision in the teacher's contract stating that excessed teachers are placed in new posit...
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Jason Kamras, who oversees the process of what's called "excessing" for DCPS, says this is not the same as layoffs."I want to be absolutely clear these are not layoffs. Let me say that again: These are not layoffs. These employees are not being laid off," he says.Kamras says employees can apply for other jobs in the school system, and he says last year almost 80 percent ...
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DCPS has sent notices to approximately 660* teachers and staff telling them they will be "excessed", meaning they're not needed in their present jobs.DCPS is taking pains to say this is not the same as a layoff because employees can apply for other jobs in the school system. But they may not get one.And while school officials say historically many are "picked up" by othe...
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Daniel Yi, Richard Rainey, Brian Savitch, Jeff King, and P.J. Martinez are the latter. Part of a running group who call themselves 'The Dojo of Pain,' they meet at Hains Point in D.C. at 6 a.m. for 24-mile runs -- rain or shine.WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza met up with them at Hains Point early one spring morning to watch them run through the pain, egg each other on, and explain what ...
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Baker was an award-winning educator in D.C.'s traditional public schools for 25 years before she began her work with charter schools when they were first authorized by Congress in 1996.The District now has more than 50 charter schools serving nearly 40 percent of D.C.'s public school students. Baker says she's most proud of her work in improving the oversight of charter schools...
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The attorney, Scott Gilbert, started out representing D.C. resident Ayanna Blue. She is suing DCPS after she became pregnant with the child of of Robert Weismiller, who was her teacher when she attended the Transition Academy at Shadd in Southeast D.C.Since the suit was filed, four more women -- all of whom were teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s -- have come forward saying that ...
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A DCPS student filed a lawsuit against Weismiller in 2010 after she became pregnant.Marie -- not her real name -- was in the seventh grade when she says Weismiller kissed her and made sexual comments. He was her gym teacher in Prince William County. When she saw accusations against Weismiller almost three decades later, she couldn't believe it."It was a shock to think th...
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