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D.C. Wire: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

D.C. Teachers Say Morale Is Low

At an 11-hour hearing Friday on the D.C. schools' "human capital" policies, teachers charged that Michelle A. Rhee's quest to reform the historically poor-performing system--which includes a pledge to replace significant numbers of them--has created a culture of fear. Morale, many said, has never been lower. Seemingly arbitrary and capricious...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  January 17, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Fenty Blitzes Inaugural Media

With the world's media coming to town for Barack Obama's inauguration, Mayor Fenty isn't missing his chance to get a little reflected shine. Check out this media schedule (and guess how many times he'll say "as fast as humanly possible"): Government of the District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 16, 2009; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Inauguration , Mayor Fenty  
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School Officials Deny Targeting Older Teachers

DC school officials flatly deny targeting teachers over 40 for placement in the so-called 90 day plan that puts instructors on notice to improve or face dismissal. In a statement issued after press time Thursday evening Dena Iverson, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, said the average age of teachers...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  January 16, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Fenty's Inaugural Concert Lineup Confirmed

Thought Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) had been wooing Kanye West and Mary J. Blige for this inaugural welcome concert Sunday, he ended up booking Fall Out Boy, T.I. and Young Jeezy, officials said. The event will be Sunday at the 9:30 Club at 815 V St. NW, with doors...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 16, 2009; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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D.C. Extends Tour Bus Registration

Charter buses now have until Saturday to register with the D.C. government for a parking space in the city during Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday. Bus companies can register here....

By David A Nakamura  |  January 15, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transportation  
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RFK Stadium Parking for Sunday Concert to Cost $15

The District will allow cars to park at RFK Stadium for $15 Sunday and provide a free shuttle bus to and from the National Mall for Barack Obama's welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Buses will be charged $50. Cars may be parked at RFK...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 15, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty: I May Stop By Neighborhood Ball

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) dropped by the Washington Post newsroom this evening, about two hours after Barack Obama left, to appear on Washington Post Live, a sports-related television show on Comcast. Fenty was asked about his plans for Tuesday night and said he will try to drop by...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 15, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fenty: City Residents to Help Prepare Care Packages for Troops

Braving 31-degree temperatures and stiff winds, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty came to RFK Stadium today to announce a way for District residents to take part in Barack Obama's National Day of Service Monday. Fenty (D) said residents can come to RFK, at 2400 East Capitol Street SE, on Monday to...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 15, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Del. Norton Distributes 600 "Surprise" Inaugural Tickets

Last week, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the District's closest thing to a real, live voting member in Congress (Norton can participate in subcommittees, but she cannot vote on the House floor), held a lottery to give out 198 tickets she had received to the inauguration. She announced that 10,000...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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D.C. Voting Rights Group's E-mail to Obama

Today, the voting rights group DC Vote distributed an "Open Letter to President Obama." The contents below: Dear President Obama: For more than half a million Americans living in Washington, D.C., the road to democracy has been a centuries-long struggle. With your critical support, 2009 can be the year when...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 13, 2009; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration , Voting Rights  
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Bush Declares State of Emergency for Inauguration

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for the District during the Inauguration Jan. 17-21, Press Secretary Dana Perino said. The move will allow the federal government to provide funding to District government agencies, which have been swamped with planning and paying for security and transportation needs. The federal...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 13, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fenty Tour Highlights D.C. Tenant Conditions

Mayor Adrian Fenty and city officials toured Washington apartments last week in an effort to force landlords to clean up residences with safety and health violations....

By Mike McPhate  |  January 12, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Choral Arts Society of Washington's Tribute to MLK

The John Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was filled with voices Sunday night during the Choral Arts Society of Washington's 21st annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr....

By Mike McPhate  |  January 12, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Hamil R. Harris  
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Del. Norton Picks D.C. Inaugural Ticket Winners

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) today selected through a lottery the 100 District residents who will receive tickets to the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama Jan. 20. The names were drawn by Maj. Millard Pooran, M.D., of the Air National Guard, and Sgt. Edward Weldon III, of the Army National...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 12, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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