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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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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 ...
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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...