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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 Washington Metro region is bracing for a big storm starting this evening. Schools are closed, offices are shuttered and even the Metro system is quiet. But for many of the people who serve the region’s homeless population, this is a very busy time as they organize extra beds and meals. Stephanie Lyons with Pathways to Housing — a nonprofit that works with the homeles...
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D.C. is investing $20 million in a citywide initiative called “Empowering Males of Color.” The effort will offer some minority teenagers paid internships, match 500 students with mentors and open an all-male high school. Benjamin Williams has been tapped to h...
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The head of one of the largest scholarship programs in the country is urging administrators at the most elite colleges to change the way they admit students. Instead of preferences that benefit already-wealthy kids, Harold Levy with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the former chancellor of New York City Public Schools says colleges should include a “poverty preference” that bene...
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State Rank Overall Score Grade Maryland 4 82.7/100 B Virginia 12 79.3/100 C+ District of Columbia 28 72.9/100 C...
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When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stepped down last week after seven years on the job, he didn't talk about test scores or teacher quality. Rather, fighting back tears, he used the opportunity to talk about what he called the "greatest frustration" of his tenure — Washington not passing gun control legislation. "If I can leave you one number: 16,000. That in m...
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Maryland posted significantly lower test scores this year in the NAEP assessment, often called the Nation’s Report Card. Elected officials and school leaders have said it's partly because more students with special needs took the test, but researchers who administer the test say that's not accurate. Maryland was the only state this year that showed declines on all four tes...
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A quarter of all third- to eighth-graders in D.C. public and charter schools are considered “on track” for college or a career, according to the results of new, more rigorous tests in English and math. The results of the test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, were ...
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Metro Connection Segments After Stints In Business And Government, Gabe Klein Embraces Fear Of Screwing Up ...
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Public schools receive a certain amount of money based on the number of students eligible for free meals. For Montgomery County Public schools, it's approximately $150 million a year. But a recent report questions whether the money is being used in schools with the highest need. It began when Nancy Floreen, vice president of the Montgomery County Council, asked the county's ...
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It’s important to “develop students’ talents, not just test scores” D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Wednesday in her 2015 "state of the schools" remarks. She spoke to reporters earlier in a conference call to say her focus has been to help people understand that DCPS is no longer a “broken” school system. "We’ve kind of taken DCPS ...
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The D.C. Public Schools announced some good news this week, with the school system reporting growth in the percentage of students graduating from high school. The system-wide graduation rate is now 64 percent, up from 53 percent in 2011. Chancellor Kaya Henderson ...
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Pope Francis arrives in Washington Tuesday, and his visit is bringing new attention to Catholic institutions across the Washington region, including its schools. Across the globe, there are nearly 60 million students studying in Catholic institutions. In the U.S., however, those number have been falling in recent years, forcing schools to come up with new ways to collaborate...
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D.C.'s summer jobs program has provided opportunities for thousands of young people each year since it was started in 1979 by then-Mayor Marion Barry. Now the head of D.C. Public Schools wants to rework the program into something she considers more meaningful for students. Chancellor Kaya Henderson's proposed changes are part of a larger overhaul of how DCPS provides career ...
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Temperatures are still in the 90s but it’s not just anxious students who already want to know about how superintendents decide whether schools will be closed because of snow. The question came up during a discussion with business leaders in the Washington Metro region. So apart from safety, what does make a snow day? Kevin Maxwell is the CEO of Prince George’s ...
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D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that when students come back to school on Aug. 24, there will be many more course offerings and opportunities. Henderson says many schools in D.C. have not always offered engaging activities, but that will change this year, with programs such as swimming, marching band and journalism offered added at certain campuses. D...