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    The District of Columbia public school system is launching an internal grant program that will allow schools to ask for money to fund extracurricular activities and other programs to make students happier.

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    An elementary school principal's claim that she saw teachers erasing answers on students' test sheets had reached District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's desk within 24 hours of the alleged incident in late 2010, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

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  • Kindergarten teacher Nick Brooks calls on eager students who raise their hands during a lesson in his classroom on the first day of school at DC Scholars Public Charter School in Southeast on Monday. A couple of accidents involving school buses marred the morning for some students, but there were no serious injuries. (Photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says the city should 'double down' on its gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his city should "double down" on gun laws that are among the most stringent in the country, as leaders in the nation's capital and other cities view the sudden debate over guns as a pressing issue that afflicts youth both inside and outside of school walls.

  • Residency fraud still plagues D.C. schools

    D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson stood before a room of high school athletes in a swanky Verizon Center dining room Monday and reminded them of their hard work, good grades and effort to "do what was good and right" in the run-up to their showdown in the annual Turkey Bowl.

  • ** FILE ** Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    SIMMONS: D.C. schools chief, watch your back

    To D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson: Walk with all deliberate speed, make clear tread marks and watch your back.

  • Henderson announces plan to close 20 D.C. schools

    D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Tuesday announced 20 schools that could be closed next year, among them the alma mater of four former NBA players, the District's first junior high school and an educational center built in 1927.

  • D.C. high school student shot by classmate after verbal altercation

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  • ** FILE ** D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    IG report: No widespread school-test cheating in D.C.

    A long-awaited report by the D.C. office of the inspector general says investigators found no evidence of widespread cheating among city public school students from 2008 to 2010, despite alarming testimony that some teachers at Noyes Education Campus in Northeast pointed out incorrect responses on standardized tests until students filled in the right answers.

  • Witness Carrie Pecover, from Seeds of Tomorrow, Inc., answers questions during Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole and the Committee on the Judiciary roundtable on Truancy Reduction in the D.C. Public Oversight Roundtable on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

    D.C. schools optimistic on trimming truancy

    Officials at D.C. Public Schools told city council members they hope that central monitoring of data, early intervention and more staff will help reduce truancy in the upcoming school year.

  • ** FILE ** D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Investigation finds cheating at D.C. schools

    Standardized test scores from three D.C. classrooms were invalidated because teachers helped students choose the right answers or flouted security protocols in April 2011.

  • D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent C. Gray answer questions Wednesday about the five goals in their five-year plan to aggressively rebuild the District's public school system. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    'Ambitious' goals in D.C. schools' five-year plan put focus on teaching

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and public schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson outlined an ambitious five-year plan Wednesday to improve student performance, increase graduation rates and fund pilot programs that could lengthen the school day or academic year at specified schools in the District.

  • SIMMONS: Anti-bullying panel is the wrong approach to the problem

    The chancellor of D.C. Public Schools announced Friday that she has pulled together an Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee and that it will hold its first monthly meeting on March 21.

  • **FILE** D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    D.C. truancy report's absence raises ire

    A D.C. Council member says the city's public school system violated the law by failing to submit an annual report on truancy, an urgent problem among city youth that has led to stricter monitoring and awareness campaigns across the District.

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