Washington Post Local Opinions: Give D.C. public charter schools a chance to serve at-risk students

Washington Post Local Opinions: Give D.C. public charter schools a chance to serve at-risk students

March 9, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. EDT

 

Peter Timothy Anderson is the head of school at Washington Latin.

 

Picture this: Three students stand near the fence to see a game being played on the other side. One student is tall and easily sees over the fence. The second is shorter and barely peeks over the pickets. The third is the shortest and finds himself staring at the wood, not the game. These students all have the same opportunity to READ MORE

What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates

What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — For the 20 Democratic candidates who tussled onstage in Detroit last week for their party’s nomination, the debates were a chance to goose poll numbers, undercut rivals and wring donations from potential voters.

For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, the contests were something else: a lesson plan.

The program, a two-week boot camp for middle and high schoolers held at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, enrolls mostly minority students from underserved backgrounds. The presidential debates offered a teachable moment, said David Trigaux, the league’s program director.

“We always try to find ways to connect to what’s going on in the public discussion,” he said. “The timing of the debates couldn’t be better to provide examples of some things to do and some things not to do.”

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Washington Post covers Washington Latin Expansion

Washington Post covers Washington Latin Expansion

A top D.C. charter school educates few at-risk students. Should it be opening a second campus?

Washington Latin Public Charter School in Brightwood Park educates a smaller percentage of children from disadvantaged families than that of almost any school in the District. (Allison Shelley for The Washington Post/For The Washington Post)
August 4, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. EDT

The standardized test scores at Washington Latin Public Charter School are among the best in the District. The waiting list of families clamoring to enroll in the middle and high school clocks in at more than 1,500 students. And the school, which educates about 700 children and boasts a rigorous classical curriculum, sends its graduates to the nation’s most prestigious universities.

But when Washington Latin sought permission from the city to double in size and open a second campus, it was not a slam-dunk decision.

Two of seven members on the D.C. Public Charter School Board — the oversight panel that decides which charters open and close — voted against the school’s application. Other board members expressed their reluctance. And while the board voted in July to allow Washington Latin to establish a second campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, board members made school leaders agree to more than a half-dozen conditions. READ MORE

Latin featured in El Tiempo Latino

Latin featured in El Tiempo Latino

Por David Marín | Especial para El Tiempo Latino

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Si está en la búsqueda de una escuela en la que inscribir a sus hijos para que reciban educación gratuita y de calidad, le contamos que Washington Latin Public Charter tiene abiertas las inscripciones para niños que desean cursar los grados 5 a 9 en el próximo año escolar 2020-2021. Como escuela pública charter tiene inscripciones abiertas para todos y no hay requisitos de admisión, cualquier estudiante que sea residente del Distrito de Columbia puede postular.

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Ms. Hamm featured in School Library Journal

Ms. Hamm featured in School Library Journal

School Library Journal

by Bekah McNeel

Bolstered by school choice advocates at the local, state, and federal level, charter schools have proliferated in the past 20 years. They stand to expand further under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The National Charter School Association estimates that 3.2 million students attended around 7,000 charter campuses in 2017–18. The appeal of charters, for many, is the flexibility to waive certain requirements of traditional schools and embrace varied models, curricula, and educational philosophies, ranging from the rigorous “no excuses” models, with strict dress codes and discipline policies, to Montessori and language immersion. READ MORE

Good Morning, Washington visits Latin

Good Morning, Washington visits Latin

Reporter Kidd O’Shea dropped by to appreciate our teachers on Thursday of Teacher Appreciation Week. He brought coffee and breakfast, we shared why we teach. A few early-rising students also shared what they love about teachers at Latin. Diana Smith also introduced our Jazz Band and the juniors’ field trip with veterans to the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, PA with The 9:57 Project. Watch online!