WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

Play associated audio

Baker was an award-winning educator in D.C.'s traditional public schools for 25 years before she began her work with charter schools when they were first authorized by Congress in 1996.

The District now has more than 50 charter schools serving nearly 40 percent of D.C.'s public school students. Baker says she's most proud of her work in improving the oversight of charter schools.

"While we don't have a magic wand so say any school we charter will be successful, we do the oversight to make sure they are providing strong education for children," she says.

Baker says finding buildings for charter schools is still a challenge. She also says they need to access more foundation money and partner with outside organizations. ]

Jeremy Williams, the board's director of business oversight, will serve as interim executive director role until a search committee selects a permanent executive director.


'Better Call Saul' And 'The Great American Dream Machine' Shine As DVD Box Sets

TV critic David Bianculli shares his enthusiasm for two newly released DVD box sets: season one of Better Call Saul and a four-DVD set of the 1970s PBS variety show, The Great American Dream Machine.

Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

60 Years Later, What Can Activists Learn From The Montgomery Bus Boycott?

Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

Leave a Comment

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