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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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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...
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A new education documentary set in the District airs this week on public television stations across the country. It's called 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, and follows five students from Washington Metropolitan High School, or DC Met. It shows what life is like inside this alternative high school in northwest D.C. and how the approximately 250 students struggle to ov...
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A new education documentary set in Washington, D.C. airs Monday on public television stations across the country. It's called ...
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It's spring break right now at many local colleges and universities, but there's a lot happening in the world of higher education -- from budget crunches to an upcoming Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions policies. WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza speaks with Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Education, about the big changes coming for colleges, and how they're ...
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A few weeks after D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced she would close down 15 schools, she says she has a plan to keep students in the traditional school system. Henderson says she will "aggressively" recruit students from the school...
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Every year, thousands of D.C. children take part in some type of summer program, whether it’s through summer school, summer jobs or summer camps. Maggie Riden, the executive director of the D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates, which represents 130 nonprofits that work with children, says figuring out exactly how many were taking part was difficult to determine. “No a...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced he will ask for an increase in city funding for public education for the next fiscal year. Gray wants to increase the amount the city spends on each child's education by 2 percent. The increase means a bump up from approximately $9,100 to $9,300 for each student. Both traditional and charter schools receive a base amount of money...