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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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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 ...
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D.C. teachers have elected a new president: Elizabeth Davis, who has promised to more aggressively represent them with D.C. Public Schools management. Davis won 55 percent of the vote in the Washington Teachers Union elections, beating out Nathan Saunders. She's worked as a teacher for 39 years in seven D.C. schools and has been a long-time union activist. Davis says ...
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Today is the 41st anniversary of Title 9, and part of that law requires pregnant and parenting students to receive equal access to schools. The District has made great strides in supporting these students over the past few years. For instance, caseworkers with the New Heights Teen Parent Program help coordinate students' schoolwork and medical appointments with teachers so t...
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In a speech on Thursday outlining his citywide vision for public education, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray said it is imperative that traditional and charter public schools collaborate. Gray said for the first time D.C.'s two education sectors will look at citywide data on the need, supply and demand for public schools to coordinate planning. He wants DCPS Chancellor to have charte...
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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 va...
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In the third and final part of our Beating the Odds series, we'll meet an 18-year-old student named Jennifer Hightower. Her mother is a drug addict, and Hightower had to learn how to take care of herself at a very young age. These days, Hightower is getting ready to graduate from the Caesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy, and as Kavitha Cardoza reports, she's looking forw...
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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. ...