D.C. Public Schools have faced scandal after scandal. After an investigation revealed widespread issues in the system’s graduation rates, a more recent probe found residency fraud rampant at a top magnet school. Now comes a crushing reality check: Only 42 percent of DC public school students are on track to graduate. And the District isn’t alone; recent investigations reveal similar issues in Prince George’s county. What’s going wrong, and how can local school leaders get it right?

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Jack Jacobson Vice President, D.C. State Board of Education; @JackJacobsonDC
  • Peter Jamison Reporter, The Washington Post; @PeteJamison
  • Edward Burroughs School Board Member, Prince George's County; @EdwardBurroughs

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