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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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For several years, teachers in D.C. public schools have had student test scores account for up to half of their evaluation. But the school system now plans to suspend that practice for the upcoming school year. Jason Kamras oversees teacher evaluations in DCPS. He says instead of the local test D.C. students take, at the end of the next academic year, students will take the ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside the Oyster Research Lab Known As The 'Room of Doom' ...
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Three unions including those that represent principals, classroom aides and custodians have overwhelmingly approved agreements with D.C. Public Schools. If the D.C. Council signs off on the contracts, approximately 2,400 employees will receive more money. More than 600 DCPS principals, assistant principals and master educators are represented by the Council of School Office...
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Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) committed yesterday to keeping Kaya Henderson as the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools if she wins November's mayoral election. Shortly after defeating Mayor Vincent Gray in the April Democratic primary, Bowser was non-committal on Hender...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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When D.C. is compared to states, it has the highest percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs as well as the highest spending per child. States are doing a better job at educating 3 and 4-year-olds over the past decade. That’s according to a report from the National Institute for Earl...
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Washington, D.C., has one of the most severe childhood asthma problems in the country, with more than one in five children under 18 having the condition. Poorly-treated asthma means more students missing school, more caregivers missing work and more emergency room visits. Children in D.C.’s poorest areas were 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room because of untr...
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Many District residents are facing long delays in getting public benefits because of administrative problems with Medicaid and Food Stamps, according to a new report. The report, by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute...
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Metro Connection Segments New Sweat Disorder Center Aims to Cool People's Heels, Hands and Underarms ...
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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...