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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 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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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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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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Related LinksPart 1: A Family's Journey...
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Related LinksPart 1: A Family's Journey...
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Related LinksPart 1: A Family's Journey...
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Related LinksPart 1: A Family's Journey...
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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...