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Posted at 7:21 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Dunbar leaders bounced, what next?

By Jay Mathews


My colleague Bill Turque has broken the story that, as I feared, the Friends of Bedford group has been removed as administrators of Dunbar High. (See long post directly below for details on that clash.)

I will have more to say about this in my Monday Metro section column. For now, I welcome comment from people who know Dunbar emailed to me at mathewsj@washpost.com. We should also say a few prayers for Stephen Jackson, last year's principal at Dunbar, whose firing by the Bedford group apparently precipitated these events.

Turque tells me Jackson is being put back in charge, which means if test scores slump and the security situation doesn't improve, it is going to be all on him, and the people who put him back on the job. Let's hope he and they succeed.

By Jay Mathews  | December 8, 2010; 7:21 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Dunbar High School, Friends of Bedford ousted as administrators, Stephen Jackson returns as principal, pressure on him to succeed  
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"Turque tells me Jackson is being put back in charge, which means if test scores slump and the security situation doesn't improve, it is going to be all on him, and the people who put him back on the job. Let's hope he and they succeed."

Did Turque divine that meaning, or did you?

Logically, how could Jackson be held responsible for test scores for a full year, when the school went to He11 after he left and then he returned mid-year to quell the chaos?

Rhee's gone, remember? Perhaps in this new era, we're not living and dying by the scores.

Posted by: efavorite | December 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The underlying assumption here is that administrators alone are responsible for what happens--good and bad--in a school. DC must begin to work hard to include parents, teachers, and even students (especially in high school) if positive change is to be lasting, and disruptions such as this are to be avoided. I again ask your readers to visit my blog at teachermandc.com for a different take on life in the classroom.

Posted by: dcproud1 | December 9, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Someone please tell me what in the world happened to the Black educator. Where is today's Marva Collins, Benjamin E. Mays, Joe Clark, Barbara Sizemore etc. The Black educator today is a joke!

All this discussion over the past decade about NCLB and RTTT and the Black educator has been muzzled. Black educator have abandon Black children. Black educators are weak cowards. Black educator should be at the forefront on discipline and achievement. Black children (not African or Caribbean, but the children of Brown v. Board) are an albatross and a burden on today's educational system.

Run tell that Jay!

Posted by: Concerned3 | December 13, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Someone please tell me what in the world happened to the Black educator. Where is today's Marva Collins, Benjamin E. Mays, Joe Clark, Barbara Sizemore etc. The Black educator today is a joke!"

They've been running the Richmond, VA public schools for the last 10 years, and producing test results (for those of you that only care about tests) that are equal to or better than those in Fairfax county. WHERE IS THAT STORY?

Posted by: mcstowy | December 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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