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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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When thirteen traditional public schools were closed at the end of the last academic year because they were under-enrolled, it meant approximately 2,000 students had to find a different school. According to the latest unaudited numbers, most of them remained in DCPS. DCPS says the latest numbers show most of those students —73 percent — have re-enrolled in another DCPS s...
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The District is looking to revise school boundaries and feeder patterns, a process that's likely to stir controversy. Abigail Smith, the Deputy Mayor for Education has begun a roughly year-long process that will determine which students can attend which traditional public schools. This will likely be a contentious issue because if boundaries change, many people wor...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s speech on Thursday night was billed as the State of D.C. Public Schools, but instead she focused on the future of the city's traditional public schools. "Close your eyes and imagine with me a very different DCPS," Henderson asked the audience during her speech, telling them what she thinks is needed to create the successful p...
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Student enrollment in D.C.'s public schools has increased this year, according to preliminary, unaudited data released today. Enrollment in the traditional and charter school system increased by almost four percent this academic year compared to last year. The unaudited results show an overall increase of approximately 3,100 students, pushing total District-wide student enr...
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Kari Brandt, Teresa Biagioni and Sydney Moreau answer between 30 and 300 calls a day. That's different from just a few years ago, when Brandt says if you had a question about the school system "you would have gotten a never ending phone ring." It seems as if everyone has something to say about D.C. Public Schools. All those opinions — along with lots of questions and critiqu...
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In D.C. public schools, both students and teachers are tested and assessed to see how well they're doing their job. And according to a new study, a controversial initiative to assess teachers and reward those who excel is having an impact. A new study from Stanford University and the University of Virginia finds that the teacher assessment tool introduced in 2009 is boosting...
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Doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Northwest D.C. are warning that the government shutdown will impact several District primary care providers that depend on Medicaid funds to care for children. Dr. David Wessel is a chief medical officer at Childrens National Medical Center. He says Medicaid covers about 90 percent of all children in the District for primary car...
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Doctors at Children's National Medical Center in northwest D.C. are warning that the government shutdown will impact several District primary care providers that depend on Medicaid funds to care for children. Dr. David Wessel, chief medical officer at Children's National Medical Center, says Medicaid covers about 90 percent of all children in the District for primary care. ...
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Japan and Finland do the best when it comes to adult reading, math and technology skills. Adults in the U.S. perform below international averages and Spain and Italy were at the bottom. Andreas Schleicher is with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development or OECD, which conducted the survey of 16 to 65 year olds in developed countries. He says among the 55 to 6...
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Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School has opened a second campus to serve adult learners in Washington D.C. The campus will focus on teaching work skills to as many as 500 students. Sonia Gutierrez, after whom the new campus is named, is the school's founder. She says in the new campus, they're able to offer 500 students workforce training classes — that's five ...
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Everyone has an opinion about D.C. public schools. All those opinions—along with lots of questions and critiques—make their way to the school system's Critical Response Team, also known as the CRT or even "DCPS Google." CRT members Kari Brandt, Teresa Biagioni and Sydney Moreau answer up to 300 calls a day. That’s different from just a few years ago, when Brandt says i...
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A Chinese activist who sparked a diplomatic crisis last year when he fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from house arrest says he has new affiliations with three U.S. institutions, including one in D.C. Chen Guangcheng will serve as a distinguished visiting fellow at Catholic University of America in the District for the next three years. He also has appointments at the Wit...
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Teens in Montgomery County may soon be able to hit the snooze button a few more times. Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr has recommended starting high schools 50 minutes later. He also wants to extend the elementary school day by 30 minutes. Starr says “extensive research” shows students are simply not getting enough sleep and this is...
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District officials have filed a lawsuit against the managers of Options Public Charter School. Those managers are accused of diverting more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to themselves and two for-profit companies they founded while running the school. The lawsuit alleges three of the school's former managers — Donna Montgomery, David Cranford and Paul Dalton — used the...
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A charter school and a Catholic school in D.C. have received 2013 Blue Ribbon awards. The program recognizes schools where students perform at very high levels or those that have made significant improvement academically. D.C. Prep’s Edgewood Elementary Campus and St. Peter School in the District are among 286 i...
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Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza meets plenty of kids who are struggling in school. But she also runs into truly remarkable students who seem destined to succeed, against all odds. They are seniors, academic stars on their way to college, often with a full scholarship. Today we hear about one such student from Phelps High School in southeast D.C. a student who was shot in the leg w...
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On Tuesday Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced to great fanfare that student proficiency rates in math and reading in 2013 had shown bigger gains since school reform efforts kicked off on 2007. While the news seemed shore up Gray and Henderson's ongoing—...
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Students at D.C.'s public and public charter schools showed continued improvements in math and reading over the last year, according to results from the city's annual standardized tests released today. Overall proficiency at the schools increased by ...
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Most jurisdictions in the country have adopted new, more rigorous academic standards, including Maryland and D.C. And while Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling the Common Core standards a huge step in the right direction, he's warning people not to be alarmed if test scores drop as a result. Duncan says when the academic bar is set higher, what often happens is te...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hosted a Scholars Luncheon to honor outstanding high school seniors, including valedictorians, salutatorians and student-athletes. Most of these high achieving students have full scholarships to universities across the country, from Columbia to Carnegie Mellon. And their success has not come without sacrifice. Timothy Ray is the ...