Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post

Lauren Lumpkin

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Past articles by Lauren:

From HVAC to pests, D.C. schools are still waiting on crucial repairs

As temperatures soared last week, parents at one school complained on social media: “We can’t breathe!” DCPS has more than 80 outstanding work orders for repairs. → Read More

In D.C., test scores improved but achievement gaps widened

Gaps in performance between White students and children of color have grown larger since 2022. → Read More

In MacArthur, DCPS opens its first new high school in a half-century

The campus, in a building once owned by the private Georgetown Day School, opened its doors Monday morning. → Read More

Guns killed four students at one D.C. school. Their principal is outraged.

Digital Pioneers Academy's founder and chief executive Mashea M. Ashton says this city is not safe and has begged parents to keep their kids indoors this summer. → Read More

D.C. Schools adopts new social studies standards for first time since 2006

Set to be implemented by the 2025-2026 school year, the standards will also teach students how to be civically engaged, critique sources and identify misinformation. → Read More

D.C. kids will get new menstrual health education next year, a first in the country

Every D.C. public and charter student will have to take classes on menstrual health making D.C. the first jurisdiction in the country with statewide standards, officials said → Read More

D.C. youth feel left out of the school safety debate. Eight weigh in.

D.C. high school students tell how they feel about safety on their campuses and what they want city leaders to know. → Read More

Hardy Middle School principal leaves after parent complaints

Outgoing principal Errol Johnson will remain with the school system, D.C. Public Schools officials said, but did not say where or in what capacity. → Read More

D.C. school enrollment boom helped by rise in adult learners

School leaders credit the surge to students’ economic struggles and an expansion of virtual learning options. → Read More

Schools brace for challenges as once-in-a-lifetime cash runs out

The fallout could lead to several tumultuous years for schools as they contend not only with the loss of cash, but also with declining enrollment and inflation. → Read More

D.C. school lottery sees uptick in applications, high school interest

Seventy-four percent of D.C. families were offered seats at their first-choice schools in the My School DC lottery, the highest match rate since the system started almost 10 years ago, according to education officials. → Read More

Proposed cuts to D.C. school budget draw big crowd at marathon hearing

More than 400 parents, principals, teachers, students and advocates signed up to testify Wednesday at a marathon budget oversight hearing of D.C.’s education agencies, signaling wide dissatisfaction with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's proposed spending plan. → Read More

D.C.’s Eastern High celebrates 100 years of memories and milestones

Eastern High School, also known as "The Pride of Capitol Hill,” marked its centennial anniversary with an exhibit on the D.C. school's history and a Hall of Fame ceremony. → Read More

Republican congressman calls D.C. schools ‘crappy,’ ‘inmate factories’

The criticism from Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) came during a congressional hearing that focused largely on crime in the city. → Read More

D.C. expands tutoring services as schools weather academic declines

The grants are being issued to nine community organizations that will provide math and reading help in D.C. schools through next school year → Read More

D.C. Council to consider new free proposal: School lunch

The proposal comes after the federal government ended a program that provided free meals to every public school student regardless of income during the pandemic. → Read More

D.C. afterschool programs on edge after city closes grant competition

D.C'd process for applying for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants didn’t happen this year, forcing some groups to scale back the number of students they serve. → Read More

Metro’s focus on fare evasion vexes District’s youngest riders

Metro's Kids Ride Free program allowing D.C. students to get to and from school has faced low usage and inconsistent distribution of free metro cards. Now, some parents and students worry this could lead to unwanted run-ins with police. → Read More

First lady of France visits Duke Ellington School of the Arts

While in town for a White House visit, French first lady Brigitte Macron stopped by the performing arts school to meet students and teachers. → Read More

D.C. mishandles repair requests in schools, other buildings, audit says

D.C.'s Department of General Services, tasked with maintenance and repairs in school and other government buildings, has “multiple failures” in the way it manages work orders, according to an audit released Monday. → Read More