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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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A new report has found that more than 10,000 students were suspended from D.C.'s traditional and charter public schools during the past academic year. Eduardo Ferrer with the non profit D.C. Lawyers for Youth says students with special needs and from high poverty wards were suspended at far higher rates than their peers. T...
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The State Superintendent of Education in the District is resigning and will be moving back to Chicago. Hosanna Mahaley Jones says her resignation was prompted by family commitments—her husband is recovering from a heart attack and they want to be closer to relatives in Chicago. Mahaley Jones has been in charge of setting policies for both traditional and charter...
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Bridget Dease can't remember a time when she hasn't been in severe physical pain. At 12, Bridget received an official diagnosis of arthritis. Since then, as she has traveled a long road of medical interventions, writing has been a way to ease her pain. Kavitha Cardoza brings us the story of this rookie writer, who's preparing to head off to college in the fall. ...
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Frank Warren says he gets 100 postcards a day — sometimes more. He goes through each one, and in fewer than 10 years, he's collected approximately 500,000 of them. The postcards reveal secrets — some intimate, some funny, and some horrific — about their senders. His postcards have led to five bestselling books and more than 600 million people visiting his website, ...
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Bridget Dease, 18, can’t remember a time when she hasn’t been in severe physical pain. "Everywhere. My legs, my knees, my wrist, my neck, like a ton of bricks being thrashed against my legs. My pain has taken up such a large percentage of my life, I don’t think I’d be the same person without it," she says. When Bridget was little she didn’t have the words...
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Sharnika Glasby, 18, is one of those students who squeezed every moment out of high school. She was in Model UN, Shakespeare scholars, and choir. She was an athlete, taking part in softball, volleyball, and track. And she was an honor roll student, maintaining a 3.7 GPA. "I do like being a good student," she says. "When I graduate, I want to be able to say I was in the top fiv...
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Sequestration budget cuts will soon begin to take effect in area school districts, and officials are preparing for leaner times. Pete Weber oversees the approximately $800 million dollar budget for D.C. Public Schools. He says the school district is projecting cuts of $2 million because of sequestration. "It's not a huge percentage of our b...
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Just a few years ago, about 20 percent of the District's 11,000 special education students were enrolled in private schools because the District couldn't meet their needs. These private school enrollments cost taxpayers about $200 million a year in tuition and transportation. But since the start of this academic year, DCPS has limited private school placements and tried to "mainstream...
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COURT DOCUMENTS Lawsuit seeking to stop closure of 15 D.C. schools D.C.'s response to school closure lawsuit ...
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A federal judge will not halt the planned closure of 15 public schools in the District. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg said in his 31-page decision that there was "no evidence whatsoever" of any intent to discriminate on the part of school officials who are transferring children out of "weaker, more segregated and under-enrolled schools." Boasberg also wr...
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A federal courtroom was jam-packed Friday morning with supporters from Empower D.C., the community group behind a lawsuit asking to halt the planned closure of 15 D.C. public schools. It took all of five minutes before Judge Boasberg began peppering lawyers for the plaintiffs with questions. When they said children from schools that were closing would be "irreparably harmed,...
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COURT DOCUMENTS Lawsuit seeking to stop closure of 15 D.C. schools D.C.'s response to school closure lawsuit District officials a...
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D.C. Public Schools and Achievement Prep plans to create a partnership school that will open in time for the 2014 academic year. The new school will be located at Malcolm X Elementary School. The building was supposed to undergo a $21 million renovation, but the city council reduced that budget to $6 million. Shantelle Wright who heads Achievement Prep says she and the Cha...
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Adults who go back to school often struggle to earn a diploma and hold a steady job. When they can't read or write well, it affects whole communities in a variety of ways, including employment, health and education. In the final part of our Yesterday's Dropouts series, Kavitha Cardoza examines the broad social implications of the decision to drop out. ...
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In the 2013 Children's Mental Health Report Card, advocates say D.C. has made some progress when it comes to serving children, but there's still a long way to go. Judith Sandalow is the executive director of Children's Law Center, a nonprofit in D.C. She says there are "promising beginnings" when it comes to how the District serves children with mental health needs. For examp...
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At D.C.'s charter schools, there are thousands of students on waiting lists, hoping to get a spot for next school year. Unfortunately for them, there are way more students than spaces. The D.C. Public Charter School board says there are more than 22,000 names on waiting lists but only 1,400 seats available. According to the self-reported data from charter schools, appr...
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In D.C., about 40 percent of students in adult education programs are in English as Second Language classes. They are immigrants at the bottom rungs of society, working basic jobs for little money. Kavitha Cardoza visits one school to find out how English is taught to adults, and why achieving this piece of the American Dream is particularly challenging for many newcomers....
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When D.C. Council member David Catania took over as head of the Education Committee for the city, one of the first things he did was to hire a law firm, paid for with private dollars, to look at every aspect of the District's public schools. He's expected to recommend a dramatically larger budget for the school systems, but his ideas don't end there. Catania is skeptical about...
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D.C. Council member David Catania has recently taken over as head of the Committee on Education for the city. He's been visiting public schools every week and is creating what he calls his "Reform 2.0" plan, which includes more money for low income students, those at risk of dropping out and vocational programs. Catania gave education reporter Kavitha Cardoza a preview of what to expe...
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In the latest in our Yesterday's Dropouts series, we'll hear about big changes coming to the GED test. Supporters say the changes will better prepare people for the next phase of their lives. But many adult education advocates say the new exam is being rolled out far too quickly. ...