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D.C. Wire: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Who Pulled Officials From Cheh Forum?

District staff routinely make the rounds of evening community meetings to discuss school issues. That's what Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) had in mind when she invited three of them to her education forum at Alice Deal Middle School last night. But when you're chair of the council's government...

By Bill Turque  |  May 1, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Record Number Of Youths For Jobs

Today is the deadline for local youths to register for the Summer Youth Employment Program, which had major problems last year. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, however, has not scaled back. His administration has made it even bigger. He announced today that nearly 24,000 youths are now registered. Those are...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 1, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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NIF Money Becomes Council Earmarks

Controversy over the Neighborhood Investment Fund, a pool of money that is supposed to be used to better the city's neglected neighborhoods, continued today when council members ended up using $10 million of it for earmarks. Activists and some council members are now scrambling to undo the work of the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 29, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Council Selects Group for DCPS Study

The D.C. Council is looking to the research arm of the National Academies for an independent assessment of public school reform under Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. This week's mark up of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposed budget sets aside $325,000 for the D.C. Auditor to hire the National Research Council...

By Bill Turque  |  April 29, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Despite Tax Trouble, Marion Barry Bids High

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) hasn't been able to pay his taxes on time, but that didn't stop him over the weekend from shelling out $800 for a new opera jacket for his girlfriend at an auction. According to a tipster, Barry was at the George Washington University...

By Tim Craig  |  April 28, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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WTU's Veep Sent Back To School

Nathan Saunders, the second-ranking leader of the Washington Teachers' Union, has been an outspoken critic of both Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and WTU president George Parker, denouncing one for her performance-based salary proposals and the other as a weak and credulous labor leader. Saunders even sued Parker, unsuccessfully, in federal...

By Bill Turque  |  April 27, 2009; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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DCPS Tries to Calm Swine Fears

D.C. school officials sent a taped phone message to District families this evening assuring them that no swine flu cases have been identified in DCPS or the city. Here is the text of the message: "I am calling from the District of Columbia Public Schools with a message about...

By Bill Turque  |  April 27, 2009; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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