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School gardens grow more than food: Almost half of all schools in DC have school gardens, which encourage healthier eating habits and provide a chance to learn new skills. DC also gives schools incentives to use ingredients from local farms in school lunches. (Elevation DC)

Will technology help adults learn?: Community College Preparatory Academy, which serves adult learners, opened last week. The school has contracted with education testing and publishing giant Pearson Education to deliver much of the instruction through online courses. (THE Journal)

How real are math score gains?: Some are questioning DC education officials’ decision to use a scoring method that resulted in a rise in standardized test scores and abandon an alternative method that would have shown a decline. (Post)

Gender equity in DC school sports: In response to recent complaints about sports inequity, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has introduced legislation requiring all DC schools to report on sports spending, equipment and field quality, and number of participants for both boys and girls sports. McDuffie is also calling on the mayor to develop a five year plan to ensure gender equity. (DC School Reform Now, Post)

Tier 3 charters may be in trouble: The Public Charter School Board has revised its procedures to make it easier to close schools that consistently fall into the lowest category of its evaluation framework. (Examiner)

Catholic schools face challenges: Recent reports indicate DC’s Catholic schools have improved funding but still face difficulties ensuring aid to low-income students, particularly with the prospect of DC’s federally funded voucher expiring in 2016. (National Catholic Register)

DC schools are improving: Ward 7 Council on Education Chair and GGE contributor Eboni-Rose Thompson believes DC schools have improved but still have quite a ways to go. (Elevation DC)

Board approves new formula to assess charter preschools: The DC charter school board approved an evaluation tool that will put less weight on math and literacy skills, but some say the change doesn’t go far enough. (Post)

Post endorses lease of two DCPS buildings to charters: The editorial board applauded the DC government’s decision to lease two shuttered schools in Ward 5 to two existing high-performing charter operators, saying the best way to ensure more high-quality school seats is to encourage expansion by charter networks with proven track records. (Post)

Upcoming Events

Design DC: Learn about a variety of topics, including Safety in our Schools, at this conference sponsored by local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Wednesday, 9/25 through Friday, 9/27, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW.

Open house: Visit the new Sela PCS, a Hebrew-immersion charter school. Thursday, 9/26 from 1 to 2 pm, 6015-17 Chillum Place NE.

Sustainability Fair: Come see Dunbar High School’s widely acclaimed modernization and learn about the DC Green Schools Challenge. Saturday, 9/28 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Dunbar High School, 101 N St NW.