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D.C. Wire: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Under God: Religious leaders team up for social issues fight

(Cross-posted from Under God) A highly influential group of conservative Christian leaders are releasing a document today that they have been working on for more than a year, an attempt to unify disparate religious conservatives. Even as political conservatives in the United States are fractured and the Republican Party in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 20, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  same-sex marriage  
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Bleak Hallways At Ballou

When schools opened in August, the Fenty Administration proudly showcased the latest results of its $1 billion overhaul of DCPS buildings. Students at School Without Walls High School, Deal Middle School, Wheatley Education Campus and H.D. Cooke and Savoy elementary schools returned to facilities handsomely renovated under the guidance of...

By Bill Turque  |  November 20, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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Report: Rhee spoke to feds on Johnson's behalf

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee had several conversations last year with a federal inspector general investigating Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson for alleged financial misconduct and inappropriate behavior with female students at a charter school he operated, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The paper said Rhee, who once served...

By Bill Turque  |  November 20, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Security Firm Found Lacking Back in Schools

The District dumped Watkins Security from its contract to safeguard D.C. public schools in 2005 after an inspector general's report found that it was overpriced, underqualified, ineffective and employed some guards with criminal records. It awarded a new contract to Hawk One. Turns out Watkins is back, this time as...

By Bill Turque  |  November 19, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Michelle Rhee, Bringing Us Together

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee likes to say -- and did so again Tuesday at a CEO gathering sponsored by The Wall Street Journal--that "collaboration and consensus building are quite frankly overrated in my mind." So who better to participate in a national town hall to search for common...

By Bill Turque  |  November 19, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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District Democratic whistleblowers seek federal probe of party spending

Two whistleblowers in the ongoing investigation into how the D.C. Democratic State Committee raised and spent money for last year's Democratic National Convention are rebuffing requests from party leaders to handle the matter internally. On Thursday -- the same day the Washington Post wrote a story about Councilman Vincent C....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 19, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Democrats & Republicans  
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Nickles sees nothing wrong with developer's fixes for Gray

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said he sees no wrongdoing in the repairs completed at the home of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) -- a story first reported in the Washington Times on Wednesday. "I don't think I read a serious allegation there. I call it like I...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 19, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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DCPS 2011 Budget Season Begins

Seems like the dust was just beginning to clear from all the scuffling over DCPS' 2010 budget, which included confrontations between Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and the D.C. Council over enrollment projections and teacher layoffs. But those who can't wait for another round will be pleased to know that Rhee...

By Bill Turque  |  November 18, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Same-sex marriage opponents file lawsuit

Bishop Harry Jackson, represented by attorneys from a conservative legal organization, filed suit today against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics over its refusal to allow an initiative to ban same-sex marriage. Attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund said the suit was filed today in D.C. Superior Court. On...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 18, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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