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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.


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During a government shutdown, district agencies can employ personnel related to public safety, public health, or the protection of property. This includes public schools, according to a DCPS spokesperson.Principals, teachers, custodial and support staff — approximately 7,000 employees — would continue to work. So would approximately 350 central office employees. School buse...
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Hosanna Mahaley is the District's state superintendent of education."Last year, nearly 12,000 -- that is 20 percent public school children across the Distict of Columbia -- were truant for 15 days or more," she says.Mahaley says these students are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs and commit crimes.And D.C.'s chief of police, Cathy Lanier, agrees. She s...
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And Taborn says many of the 90 assaults on bus operators involved youth."Bus assaults ranged from operators being punched, hit by a thrown object or being spat upon," he says.Taborn says 1,000 reported robberies involved stealing electronic devices, such as iPods and iPhones from passengers.And he says another problem is students putting recordings of their fights...
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WTU President Nathan Saunders says Henderson was too closely aligned with former Chancellor Michelle Rhee.According to the report, Saunders says he was concerned by what he called Henderson's "thin resume." He says when the union informed its members about a rally in support of the Wisconsin workers, Henderson directed principals not to approve any leave for the event -- a deci...
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Kadesha Bonds was one of the 75 teachers fired in 2008. She worked for two years at McKinley Technology High School and says she never received a negative evaluation. In fact, just the previous year, she won an award for outstanding first year teacher.So when she received a letter telling her not to return two weeks before school began,"It was a total surprise and shock," Bonds...
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Henderson has been serving in an interim capacity since former Chancellor Michelle Rhee stepped down in the fall. Her appointment still has to be confirmed by city council members.Henderson comes in at a challenging time as DCPS struggles to deal with a $50 million shortfall...
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Henderson calls standardized tests "incredibly important." But she says she'll also look at other markers of success, including enrollment."It means families are voting with their feet, and have a level of confidence in the District in our ability to serve their children," she says. "I think we have to look at our attendance rates, which are up slightly. The more we can keep ch...
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Gray says he didn't want the selection panel he put together to look at resumes from around the country when he knew he wanted Henderson for the top spot."She's been in the city for a number of years working around education, and I think to ensure continuity at this stage is extremely important," he says.Henderson says she'll continue what she calls an "urgent and relent...
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Matthew Cousineau teaches French at Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C. He listens as 10th-grader Nadiri Seals pretends to be a concierge by looking at a map and giving a tourist directions.When students have to take regular high school courses, they view everything through the lens of hospitality. During summer internships, students learn how their class subjects conne...
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Last week this time, interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson says DCPS was looking at a $100 million shortfall. With approximately $50 million in additional funding announced, she says DCPS will restore summer school and afterschool programs.But while the money creates what she calls "an incredibly different situation," schools will still have to make changes. For example, she says, ...
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Gray is being criticized for what some call following "the letter of the law but not the spirit" in the search for a new chancellor. He established a 16-member committee to vet candidates but, by all accounts, only one serious option -- interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson -- is being considered."There are resumes...that came to me from people interested in being chancellor and th...
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The University of the District of Columbia has floundered in recent years with a reputation for poor infrastructure, low morale and NCAA investigations into the athletic department.Since 2008 Sessoms has been trying to turn around the school. He doubled tuition, changed the open-enrollment policy and created a community college.But with a budget crisis looming, Sessoms h...
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Alan Sessoms, the president of UDC, says high school students receiving good grades can take all Advanced Placement courses as juniors and seniors.So at the end of that four years of normal high school, you get your high school diploma, but you have two years of college credit and then in two years, you get a bachelor's degree.They're discussing hiring new faculty and fu...
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Henderson says, for its student population, 17 high schools in the District is a lot.She says most people think smaller schools are better, but "we subsidize many small high schools and specialized programs. We're not utilizing space appropriately, and every single high school wants a state-of-the-art gym, theater, computer lab and what-not, and we just don't have the resources...
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D.C. Voice, a community research group, found principals in DCPS high schools had to make "a cruel choice," deciding whether to spend scarce dollars on students struggling with basic courses or those excelling academically.One principal says 11 percent of his students were considered "advanced," while 60 percent needed remedial classes and ...
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The play is called "She Said/She Said" by Rebecca Gingrich-Jones, sister-in-law of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It's being staged by the Drama Department at Catholic University of America. There's plenty of thelogy, law and politics weaved into the play, but at it's heart it's a story about love, a breakup and a battle for a baby....
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The vaccine is shown to protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Of the more than 1,100 sixth-grade girls in D.C. this year, just 87 have completed their three shots. Almost twice that number have begun -- but not completed -- the series. And more than five times that number have not had any s...
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There's a new book out about former chancellor of D.C.'s Public Schools Michelle Rhee. The book's title, "The Bee Eater," is from an incident which happened when Rhee was a first-year teacher and her class was unruly. A bumblebee flew into the room, prompting even more chaos. Rhee swatted the bee, then swallowed it.The author, former journalist Richard Whitmire, spoke to WAMU's...