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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 results for the District are mixed. (The Children's Law Center) ...
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Tad Tharpe is gingerly balancing dozens of DVD and VHS tapes as he gets to the register at Northwest D.C.’s Potomac Video. I’m buying them all," he says. "You can't even get these anymore on any website." Potomac Video has been a neighborhood institution in the Chevy Chase Circle for more than 20 years. But now the store is closing down and everything is for sa...
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Special education advocates for D.C.’s public school children say they are “cautiously optimistic” that more money proposed in the budget for students will disabilities will translate into better care. Judith Sandalow with Children’s Law Center in D.C. says the overall budget for children with special needs is smaller because of lower enrollment projections. ...
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One of D.C.'s last remaining video stores is shutting its doors. Customers say it isn't just the movies they'll miss, but an American tradition. Tad Tharpe is balancing 25 movies as he gets to the register. "I'm buying them all. The greatest classics; you can't even get these anymore on any website," Tharpe says. Potomac Video in Northwest D.C. is a few b...
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Many parents whose children attend the high-achieving School Without Walls High School in Northwest D.C. say the merger with another neighborhood school is not working. Francis-Stevens Education Campus, a pre-K through eighth grade school in the West End, was saved from the chopping block after it merged with School Without Walls this academic year. Jean Boland, ...
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D.C.'s traditional public schools have been at the forefront of adopting the Common Core State Standards, which are the new, more rigorous learning standards. But what does that actually mean for students in the classroom? "I cannot tell you how many times I saw a reading lesson with no text being discussed, no evidence the children had read the text," says Brian Pick, who o...
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Ask pretty much any teacher, and she’ll tell you that mastering your ABCs is the foundation of a good education. And these days, reading is a huge area of focus for the D.C. Public Schools, which are in the midst of completely revamping their reading curriculum, to make sure that that foundation is a bit sturdier for District students. Partial support for education re...
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D.C. is home to one of the most highly skilled labor markets in the country, yet more than 60,000 adults who live here cannot read and do math at a basic level. A new report by the non profit D.C. Appleseed urges District leaders to do more to help this struggling population. Brooke DeRenzis, the author of the report, “...
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D.C.'s mayoral race is in its final days, and polls show Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is in a dead heat with incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray. Bowser has repeatedly said there is an increased urgency around education reform in D.C. She’s been short on details, but has highlighted...
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D.C.'s mayoral race is in its final days, and polls show Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is in a dead heat with incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray. Bowser has repeatedly said there is an increased urgency around education reform in D.C. She’s been short on details, but has highlighted...
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D.C.'s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) completed its annual investigation into testing violations during the 2013 standardized tests, and of the 37 schools flagged for investigation, four had evidence of test tampering or academic fraud. Of 195 schools that...
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The harsh winter has put tremendous pressure on the highway snow removal budgets in the D.C. region. Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are looking for ways to pay the bills without cutting too much from other maintenance needs as spring begins. West Virginia already has gone $8 million over its nearly $55 million budget. Department of Transportation spokesman B...
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Officials at Georgetown University say a substance in a dorm room has tested positive for ricin. Georgetown University Chief of Police Jay Gruber says that no one has reported any symptoms of ricin exposure since the possibility of ricin was reported on Tuesday in McCarthy Hall. Gruber said swabs were collected from the dorm room and an analysis of those sample sw...
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Council member Mary Cheh wants the Department of Parks and Recreation to come up with a plan to provide healthy meals to low-income children on snow days. Cheh says nearly 50,000 children in the District receive school meals for free or at a reduced price because their families live below the federal poverty level. When schools are closed because of the weather, she says man...
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Students in special education programs in D.C. would gain additional rights and be provided with additional services under a package of legislation introduced Tuesday. The proposals, introduced by Council member David Catania (I-At Large), include changes such as one requiring students with special needs to be evaluated within 60 days, instead of 120. Parents would be...
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Thousands of students have submitted applications through D.C.'s new lottery system, which covers both traditional public schools and charter schools. The new lottery is designed to cut down on the chaos and confusion many families have experienced in choosing a school. Kavitha Cardoza talks about the process with Abigail Smith, the deputy mayor for education in D.C. ...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is giving out $5 million to help improve student satisfaction. Henderson says more than 20,000 students filled out surveys about their schools. She says 78 percent say they like their school but expressed some concerns. "Some of them complained the school was boring, some of them complained that the food wasn't tasty, th...
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Thousands of high school seniors across our region are waiting to hear if they've gotten into the colleges of their choice. And in the District, D.C. public schools are making a big push to get students — especially those from low-income backgrounds — ready for higher education. President Barack Obama recently talked about the advantages students from higher income backgr...
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The D.C. public schools are making a big push to get low-income kids ready for college after high school graduation, and Kavitha Cardoza talks with Metro Connection host Rebecca Sheir to talk about those efforts. Hi Kavitha. Hi Rebecca. So, it kind of goes without saying that applying to college can be very intimidating. All that paperwork, so many col...
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More students across the Washington Metro region are taking and passing the Advanced Placement or AP exams. Once again, Maryland had the highest percentage of graduating seniors in 2013 passing an AP exam during their high school years at almost 30 percent. Virginia was ranked number three at 28 percent. And while D.C. was ranked 33rd, Trevor Packer with the College Board says...