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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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For years, many parents of children in D.C. Public Schools have felt unwelcome. Interaction with parents was almost always one-way: teachers telling parents what they should know. Often the meetings were about bake sales, report cards or discipline. But multiple research studies have found benefits of family engagement on a child's academic performance, resulting in highe...
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D.C. Public Schools officials last night began their tour of the District to hear residents' concerns about a plan to close 20 public schools. Approximately 100 parents and community members attended a meeting in Ward 8 to voice concerns about how the closures would affect their community....
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Charter schools currently educate more than 40 percent of the District's children. Now, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she wants the ability to authorize charter schools within the traditional public school system. Henderson says there needs to be a way for charter schools and traditional public schools to offer services that "complement rather than compet...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson wants to close 20 public schools. In 2008, her predecessor Michelle Rhee closed 23, but the reaction from some council members is noticeably different this time around. When Rhee said she was closing schools, there was tremendous community opposition ...
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The second city council hearing about a proposal to close 20 D.C. Public Schools happened Monday, and dozens of residents showed up to voice their concerns. Tim Ryan is on the Parent Teacher Association at Francis Stevens Education Campus in Ward 2. He's one of many parents who are upset by a prop...
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A year ago, two former D.C. Public School principals started a cupcake business called Cooks 'N Cakes. They say they left their jobs in education because they were frustrated with the emphasis on test scores and the lack of support from DCPS. In exchange for that stress, they wake up at four in the morning to measure ingredients and mix cupcake batter and frosting. They bake approximate...
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Young people are encouraged to attend college, taught that a degree will give them a shot at a better life. But an increasing number of low-income students find themselves homeless while in college. And even as they struggle, these students are seen as adults, so they find themselves with fewer supports and fewer options. Special Correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reports on the challenge...
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The Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has proposed closing 20 schools in the District, saying there are too many buildings for the number of children served. But one of the burning questions on people's minds is about how that space will be reused.  One of the biggest mistakes...
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The head of the Washington Teachers Union, which represents educators in D.C.'s traditional public schools, wants to organize teachers in the city's charter school system as well.  Teachers in charter schools can unionize but it isn't easy because they are exempt from a law that requires collective bargaining, according to WTU President Nathan Saunders. He wants to change...
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Nathan Saunders, who heads the Washington Teachers Union, says he is neither for nor against a D.C. Public Schools proposal to close 20 schools. He first wants time to do an analysis of the schools affected. Saunders says he understands the structural pressures on the school system: "At the govern...
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For many college students, winter break means a respite from the rigors of academic life, a few weeks at home in a childhood bedroom with home-cooked meals and visits with high school friends. But for the more than 33,000 homeless college students in the U.S. — including many in the D.C. region — the pending winter holidays bring with them the stress of figuring out how to ke...
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List of schools that will be closed: Francis Stevens Education Campus Garrison ES MacFarland MS Sharpe Health School Mamie D Lee School CHOICE at Hamilton Marshall ES Spingarn HS Spingarn STAY Prospect Learning Campus Shaw at Ga...
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The latest graduation rate figures have been released in D.C., and the public school system is at 61 percent — a 2 percent increase from 2011. That means more than half of all D.C. public school children graduate with high school diplomas in four years.  D.C.'s charter school system's graduation rate is far higher than the average, at 77 percent — but that is a three...
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It's a cold and rainy, miserable morning, and Will Connelly, with the nonprofit, Pathways to Housing DC, is checking in on homeless people downtown. He sees Forest Bibby, with his a bushy beard, wearing a camouflage jacket, and carrying a "Veterans for Peace" flag. When Bibby returned from Vietnam, he lost touch with his family and drifted from place to place. For decades, he'...
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For the second year, the D.C. public charter school board released its internal school performance rankings. The performance management framework, which measures a variety of factors including attendance, improvement in test scores and re-enrollment rates, is meant to be an easy guide to monitoring a school's p...
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Gay couples will be able to get married in Maryland starting January 1, 2013. Advocates say they still have more work to do. Voters such as Greg Gremillion in Beltsville helped make Maryland the first state to uphold same-sex marriage via referendum. "I feel it's a simple civil rights issue," says Gremillion. "Everyone should have that right and the protections and pri...
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Approximately 4,500 senior citizens who are homebound rely on the Meals on Wheels service, which provides nutritious food delivered to their homes. But due to Hurricane Sandy heading down the east coast, those recipients had to do without visits today. The service usually delivers a hot and a cold meal, and today's hot meal was supposed to be meatballs with stroganoff sauce,...
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Update, 5:00 p.m.: WMATA has announced that Metro service will be suspended through Tuesday morning, pending an assessment of the infrastructure. MetroAccess has been suspended all day Tuesday. Original Story: Washington's D.C.'s Metrorail and bus system...
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The number of students in D.C. Public Schools, both traditional and charter, is now its highest in a decade at 81,000  students, according to the latest estimates from District officials. But those numbers aren't the final word on enrollment. The enrollment count is 5 percent higher than last year, school officials say. But they are comparing audited numbers from last yea...
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Growing up in Canton, Ohio in the early 1980s, Eric Nuzum became convinced he was haunted by a little girl in a blue dress. His anxiety over this "haunting" ended with Nuzum in a psychiatric ward. Decades later, Nuzum has told the tale in a new book, "Giving Up The Ghost." He recently talked with Metro Connection's Kavitha Cardoza about how he confronted his fear of ghosts. Following ...