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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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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. ...
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D.C.'s Public Schools are restructuring their athletic conference to allow more teams a chance to play competitive football during the next school year. In the past, DCPS football teams were divided geographically: East and West. But Stephanie Evans, the Director of Athletics says there weren't an equal number of schools in those divisions, so some teams didn't get a chance to...
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The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) is asking the D.C. government to double its budget to help educate more of the approximately 85,000 adults in the city who struggle to read and write. At a City Council hearing on education, Kevin Strothers — one of several adult learners — talked about how much they appreciated a second chance at an education....
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The District's Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) found last year that cheating occurred in 11 schools. This comes just as a confidential memo has surfaced about possible cheating in D.C. public schools a few years ago. The document, first obtained by a PBS NewsHour correspondent, was written in 2009 by an outside data analyst who said as many as ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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The GED, or General Educational Development certificate, has been called "America's largest high school." It accounts for 12 percent of all high school credentials given out in the U.S. And for adults who dropped out years ago, it's widely seen as the first step to a better paying job. But as special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza finds in the second part of our series, "Yesterday's Dr...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says even though each student attending DCPS will receive more money compared to last year, the school system's overall budget has decreased by $8 million. Henderson says that for the past two years, the school system has received money for 47,000 students, even though the actual numbers were closer to 45,000.  But this year, ...
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The national debate around education usually focuses on children. But what happens when those children grow up and try to make their way in the world? This week, we'll kick off a new five-part series looking at the struggles adults face long after they leave school without a diploma. Approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. are at the low end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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Yesterday's Dropouts: Recent Stories Part 1: Shadows Of An Unfinished Education Part 2: GED Program: 'America's Largest High School' ...
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A Washington, D.C. community group is suing the city in an attempt to stop the planned closure of 15 public schools. The group Empower DC says the closures will disproportionately affect minority, special education and low-income students. The group filed suit today, saying closing the schools violates the U.S. Constitution and city and federal laws. School chance...