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D.C. Wire: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Principal Hospitalized

Wilson High School principal Peter Cahall was taken to the hospital for observation earlier today after complaining of chest pains. Deputy D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite said the pains developed while Cahall was breaking up a fight at the Northwest D.C. school. DCPS spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway confirmed that Cahall was...

By Bill Turque  |  August 28, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mayor Fenty Makes Appointments, Declines Policy Questions

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced his nominations for three new agency directors today, following his pattern of appointing friends, fellow athletes and people in his age range. Gennet Purcell, 35, who is a friend of first lady Michelle Fenty, will be commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking....

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 28, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Norton: Kennedy was a Friend to D.C.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said District residents have lost one of their main champions in the U.S. Senate with the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, whether it was advocating for D.C. statehood or signing laws to improve the lives of District youth. Norton said Kennedy would have likely prevented...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 27, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Fenty: Don't Ask Me About My Kids!

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty told reporters again that he will not answer any questions about twins Andrew and Matthew attending Lafayette Elementary. The Northwest school is not within the boundaries of his Crestwood neighborhood. Their in-boundary school is West Education Center. School sources say the boys skipped the city's lottery...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 27, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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AP Scores Up, SATs Down in D.C.

D.C. public high school students improved their showing on Advanced Placement exams this past year, District officials report. The number of students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on at least one AP exam increased by 26.5 percent, with 166 more students passing an exam in 2008-2009 than in 2007-2008,...

By Bill Turque  |  August 27, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Williams (Diane not Tony) to chair Clark Ray's campaign

Clark E. Ray announced today that former First Lady Diane Williams, wife of former mayor Anthony Williams (D), will be the treasurer of his campaign for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council. Ray, who plans to formally file his paperwork with the Office of Campaign Finance this afternoon, will...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 27, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Diving Deeper Into Aquatics Director's Firing

The District's firing of aquatics director Brendan McElroy took a new twist Wednesday, with news that the D.C. Office of the Inspector General had launched a preliminary investigation of McElroy a month before he was fired, according to sources familiar with the probe The investigation, outlined in a letter the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 26, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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DCPS Enrollment: 40,179

As of 9 a.m. today, D.C. public school enrollment stood at 40,179, according to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's office. That's a significant bump over the 37,000 reported by officials just before the beginning of the academic year on Monday. The increase is the product of late arrivals and more...

By Bill Turque  |  August 26, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Chancellor's Schedule Is Up

Late yesterday DCPS resolved whatever issues it had with the portion of its new website that was supposed to display Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's public schedule. Where it once just showed her "busy" it now lists her whereabouts. She is slated to conduct a community forum at 6:30 this...

By Bill Turque  |  August 26, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dismissed Aquatics Director at Sea Over Firing

Former District aquatics director Brendan McElroy said Tuesday that his recent firing was "unjust and unfair," so he would like to have his job back. "I have a vision for the city and I am committed to aquatics," McElroy said in an interview. "I would love to have my job...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 25, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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The Chancellor: Busy, Busy Busy

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's public schedule has always been one of the more peculiar features of the DCPS website. That's because only occasionally does it actually note what she is doing in public. Those consulting the page on July 23 would not know, for example, that she was set to...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 25, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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D.C. Republicans: No More "Fenty Field"

The D.C. Republican Party is calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to immediately remove his name from the new turf soccer field at Harriet Tubman Elementary in Columbia Heights. "The administration has essentially created a Fenty Field," Robert J. Kabel, the chairman of the D.C. Republican committee, said in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 25, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Can't Miss Fenty's Name at New Soccer Field

Parents who take in a youth soccer game at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights shouldn't have any trouble remembering who the mayor is. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) held a ribbon cutting at the school today to unveil recent renovations, including a new soccer field. The field, which...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Back-to-School Politicking

Thousands of District residents flooded local streets and sidewalks this morning to see their children off for the big day -- the first day of public school. With so many voters clustered in the neighborhoods at the same time, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) decided to get a...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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