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D.C. Wire: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Gray: Ed Data Project "A Sordid Mess"

The D.C. Council spent a couple of hours hammering two senior District officials Friday afternoon about the collapse of the $12 million educational data warehouse it voted to fund more than a year ago. On Sept. 9, the District dumped Williams, Adley & Co., the lead contractor on the Statewide...

By Bill Turque  |  October 23, 2009; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Nickles: Recreation contracts broke the law

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said the D.C. Housing Authority broke the law when it recently awarded millions of contracts for recreation projects to firms that had ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty without seeking approval of the D.C. Council. Nickles advised housing authority officials to submit the contracts to...

By Vanessa Williams  |  October 23, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Hundreds plan to testify at same-sex marriage hearing

More than 250 people have signed up to testify for or against a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, setting the stage for what may be one of the biggest hearings ever conducted by the D.C. Council. So many people have signed up to testify that the hearing,...

By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Unspun with Council member Mary Cheh

Check out this weekend's Washington Post Magazine for an interview with first-term Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. Some excerpts follow. Excerpts: Tell us about your biggest goof. I wasn't always sufficiently aware of what the [D.C.] Council did before I got involved with it. On the night of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 23, 2009; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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WTU amends lawsuit, Nickles says 'baloney'

The District was expected Friday to answer the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) lawsuit challenging the Oct. 2 layoffs of 266 instructors and staff, but will hold off because WTU tweaked its complaint late Thursday. The union is asking for an injunction to stop the firings until an arbitrator can determine...

By Bill Turque  |  October 23, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Low-income schools take brunt of cuts

The Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) has extracted some interesting details from DCPS on the Oct. 2 layoffs. Turns out that nearly 70 percent of the staff reductions came from its highest-need schools. Based on data supplied by DCPS, the union found that 24.3 percent of the 267 layoffs (64 teachers...

By Bill Turque  |  October 22, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Some D.C. teachers go back to work

In the next few days, District lawyers are expected to respond to the Washington Teachers' Union lawsuit, explaining why DCPS was within its rights to lay off 266 teachers and staff. At the same time, the school system has quietly reinstated 25 teachers terminated last summer under the so-called "90-day...

By Bill Turque  |  October 21, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Lessons From Laid Off Teachers

There may never be another D.C. Council hearing quite like the 18-hour epic last Friday/Saturday that saw more than 40 public school teachers, most of them among the 266 laid off on Oct. 2, come to the witness table. Whatever level of skill each possessed as an educator-- asked by...

By Bill Turque  |  October 21, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Unemployment rate rises again in the District

District residents continue to lose jobs, according to data released by the the Department of Employment Services. The unemployment rate crept up to 11.4 percent in September. "Total jobs in the District last month declined by 15,400, with net losses entirely due to the last of the Summer Youth Employment...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 21, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A year ahead of election, Fenty stumps in Ward 7

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is up for re-election in less than a year, hit Ward 7 Monday evening. Fenty, who made a name for himself by knocking on doors and literally wearing a hole in his shoe in his first mayoral bid in 2006, is again going door-to-door....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 19, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Graham gives up taxicab industry oversight

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is giving up his oversight of the city's taxicab issues after his chief of staff was arrested last month for allegedly taking a bribe from a member of the industry. Graham sent council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) a letter Monday asking that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 19, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Taxis , Tim Craig  
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Nickles: City will investigate waste in AIDS funding

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said the city will investigate organizations and individuals that may have wasted HIV, AIDS dollars, spurred by a report by The Washington Post. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was flanked by Nickles and other city officials a t news conference in response to the Post's 10-month...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 19, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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