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Schools don’t support girls sports: Complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education have highlighted the disparity between girls and boys sports at DC schools. Only four of 15 DCPS high schools have girls soccer teams. (Post)

Special Education students struggle at Basis: The DC charter school board has told Basis DC to improve its special education services after complaints from parents. The federal government is also investigating. (Post)

Dunbar HS to reopen with high hopes: A new book traces the illustrious history of Dunbar High, the nation’s first black public high school. With a new $122-million building set to open in a few weeks, can the school, which has fallen on hard times, recapture some of its former glory? (NPR)

Libraries break their silence: In an effort to draw in more teens, DC public libraries have brought in a program called Beat Club DC, which teaches kids how to make electronic music. (Elevation DC)

Standardized test scores aren’t the only measure of success: Test scores have gone up in DC, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the school system is healthy. (Education Week)

New charter teaches Hebrew: Sela Public Charter School, opening in the fall for pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students, will be DC’s first Hebrew immersion school. Sela hopes to follow on the success of other language immersion schools in the district. (City Paper)

Dropout prevention in first grade: Montgomery County schools find that early problems like high absenteeism, severe disciplinary infractions, and scholastic failure can can help predict whether a student will leave school before graduation. (Education Week)