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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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Thousands of students have submitted applications through D.C.'s new lottery system, which covers both traditional public schools and charter schools. The new lottery is designed to cut down on the chaos and confusion many families have experienced in choosing a school. Kavitha Cardoza talks about the process with Abigail Smith, the deputy mayor for education in D.C. ...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is giving out $5 million to help improve student satisfaction. Henderson says more than 20,000 students filled out surveys about their schools. She says 78 percent say they like their school but expressed some concerns. "Some of them complained the school was boring, some of them complained that the food wasn't tasty, th...
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Thousands of high school seniors across our region are waiting to hear if they've gotten into the colleges of their choice. And in the District, D.C. public schools are making a big push to get students — especially those from low-income backgrounds — ready for higher education. President Barack Obama recently talked about the advantages students from higher income backgr...
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The D.C. public schools are making a big push to get low-income kids ready for college after high school graduation, and Kavitha Cardoza talks with Metro Connection host Rebecca Sheir to talk about those efforts. Hi Kavitha. Hi Rebecca. So, it kind of goes without saying that applying to college can be very intimidating. All that paperwork, so many col...
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More students across the Washington Metro region are taking and passing the Advanced Placement or AP exams. Once again, Maryland had the highest percentage of graduating seniors in 2013 passing an AP exam during their high school years at almost 30 percent. Virginia was ranked number three at 28 percent. And while D.C. was ranked 33rd, Trevor Packer with the College Board says...
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There are 58,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., but over the last year a local-national collaboration has been successful in placing 50 of D.C.'s hardest to reach and most vulnerable veterans in their own homes. A year ago, Raymond Rose was sleeping outside the National Zoo in Northwest D.C. "There are benches there, if it's raining, I can go to the bus stop and jus...
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The shelter at the hospital once known as D.C. General is full, and hundreds of families are being housed in hotels because of the shortage of beds. As officials grapple with those problems, a program called Housing First is working to put some of the city's chronically homeless veterans into apartments. They are often the hardest to reach and the most vulnerable. One of them ...
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The D.C. Council has unanimously given preliminary approval to create a wide-ranging college scholarship program for city students amid questions about whether it could endanger a popular federal program. The District's delegate to Congress has warned that if the city can fund its own tuition grants, Congress might stop handing out up to $10,000 a year to district residents...
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D.C. Public Schools already has a Teacher Cabinet and a Principal Cabinet. The school system is now looking for people to serve on a Parent's Cabinet. A DCPS spokesperson says the Parent Cabinet is a way to share perspectives from schools, address family concerns and let parents weigh in on policy issues. Parental engagement is also a key part of the DCPS five-year plan to imp...
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A D.C. elementary school principal's claim that she saw staff members erasing answers on students' test sheets had reached Chancellor Kaya Henderson within 24 hours, and an AP investigation finds school officials did little to follow up on it. In 2010, a union official emailed Henderson about an allegation involving the Noyes Education Campus principal observing teachers chan...
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Click to read the full report (pdf). Maryland and Virginia a...
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Crack: The Drug That Consumed D.C. Monday: Crack’s Rapid Rise Brought Chaos To The District Tuesday: D.C. Crack Users Were In the Streets – And City Hal...
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The head of D.C.'s traditional public school system, Chancellor Kaya Henderson, says she wants to look into whether the standardized tests students take are worth their time. Henderson began an email to DCPS parents last week by saying, "I sometimes, like many of you, worry that my kids spend too much time on testing." She says students in DCPS take several assessments th...
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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 ...
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The District of Columbia's chief financial officer says a proposed college scholarship program for city high school students would cost $95 million over four years. The bill, which was approved by a D.C. Council committee on Wednesday, would provide students with up to $60,000 to attend college. Families with incomes of up to $215,000 would be eligible for some money under t...
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A new report on D.C.’s traditional and charter public schools offers an “apples to apples” comparison on how both systems are educating students for the first time. It looks at several measures including how students do on tests, how many attend classes and expuls...
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For the first time in D.C., parents can compare traditional and charter public schools on a variety of measures including how students do on tests, how many attend classes and what the suspension and expulsion rates are. The nearly 800-page Equity Report uses the same metrics for traditional and charter schools so its an apples-to-apples comparison. And Scott Pearson, who hea...
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D.C. is the only jurisdiction in the country that conducts standardized tests for its students in health and sex education. But now some advocates are pushing for more transparency in exactly what is being tested. The test covers a range of health topics including nutrition, sexuality and disease prevention. This year, more than 11,000 fifth- and eighth-grade students from t...
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Shaw Middle School at Garnett-Patterson is located at 10th and V Streets, NW. DCPS created this school in 2008 by merging two struggling middle school programs, and hired a man named Brian Betts to become the school's new principal. Under him, Shaw Middle became a symbol of the promise of education reform — a place that challenged conventional wisdom about urban schools, ...