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A Night for Seeing Stars

The phrase Fight Night connotes excitement around an impending boxing match.

So what does the term School Night mean?

Ask Fight for Children, the nonprofit that will put on the event tonight at the Washington Convention Center. Part fundraiser (the cheapest ticket is $500 for an individual plate) and part pep rally (albeit with fancy china), the highlight of the event is an announcement of three $100,000 grants to three city schools - one in the school system, one charter and one independent school. The seven schools that are finalists -- Strong John Thomson Elementary in Northwest; E.L. Haynes, charter school in Northwest; San Miguel Middle School in Northwest; Cleveland Elementary in Northwest; Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Southeast; Capital City, a charter school in Northwest and Washington Jesuit Academy in Northeast -- are up for the award for demonstrating things like increased student achievement and good leadership, instruction and professional development.

City education is often splintered among the three sectors: DCPS, charter and independent/private schools. But the different factions will all be together in the same room -- if but for one night. Oh, and Grammy winner John Legend is one of the entertainment headliners.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 24, 2008; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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