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DCPS Back to School Block Party

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On Saturday, September 22, join Mayor Bowser and interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander at the DCPS Back to School Block Party at Anacostia High School.

The Back to School Block Party will feature free food, fun activities for all ages, and performances from DCPS students. Local partner organizations and DC Government agencies will be on site to provide helpful information and resources, including college and career guidance, health and wellness resources, and information about food access programs.

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More Africans-Americans Are Teaching Black History

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New figures show African-Americans are more prone to homeschooling in an attempt to teach their children black history. Should black Brits follow suit?

A NEW report has found that homeschooling is becoming the new way for African-American parents to teach their children about black history.

NBC News reports that 220,000 African-American children in the United States are homeschooled and The National Home Education Research Institute recently revealed its findings, stating black parents are becoming frustrated with enrolling their kids in public schools where U.S. history classes lack black history discourse.

Sheva Quinn of Byron, Ga., told NBC News that she quit her job in 2014 to dedicate time to educating her children, and to ensure that they become “very good readers” with a “solid foundation in African-American history.”

According to VIBE, in 2015, the National Council of Social Studies stated that less than 10 percent of total course hours are devoted to African-American history. When schools include black history in their curriculum, they cover very little of it.

“If you look at what happens in public schools, in terms of the curriculum, you could end up thinking that African-American history starts with slavery and ended with Martin Luther King and that’s just not the case,” said Cheryl Fields Smith, associate professor of Education at the University of Georgia.

The National Home Education Research Institute’s study also discovered that homeschooled black students outperformed black students who attended public school on standardised tests, scoring within the 42 percentile.

“With parents taking their child’s or children’s education into their own hands, they can fill in the gaps and provide a personal touch while teaching black history education.

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As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off

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In Montgomery County, a Washington suburb with sought-after public schools, Bethesda Elementary School opened an eight-classroom expansion three years ago to relieve pressure on the overcrowded campus.

A year later, the school spilled over again into a portable classroom. When this school year started Tuesday , it had four portables and 639 children — 80 more than it’s built to hold and 100 more than school system demographers predicted six years ago.

Bethesda Elementary is far from the most overcrowded campus in the Washington region. In Montgomery alone, half of the county’s 205 schools exceed 100 percent capacity, and some hover around 150 percent.

Montgomery’s approximately 161,500 students make it one of the largest school systems in the country, and it’s been growing by about 2,500 students every school year — the equivalent of a new high school.

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