: News

Filed Under:

D.C. Receives $12 Million To Improve Lowest Performing Schools

Play associated audio

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Public Schools will recieve more than $12 million from the federal government to help improve their worst performing schools. Ten schools in D.C. have been identified as being what's called "persistently low achieving."

Sandra Abrevaya with the U.S. Department of Education says it's up to the District to choose a model they'll use to try to improve the schools. For example, the Restart Model involves converting a traditional school to a charter school, while the School Closure model suggests closing the school down and sending students elsewhere.

Abreyava says Locke High School in California sent just 5 percent of students to college before they used the Turnaround Model.

"You replace the principal, you screen existing school staff, and you improve the school through professional development, extended learning time and other strategies, the number of graduates increased by 43 percent," says Abreyava.

Schools will have site visits and will have to present periodic progress reports.

NPR

For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
NPR

#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
NPR

Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
NPR

No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.