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D.C. Schools Insider: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Rhee: Wedding to Johnson doesn't change plans

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says she’s in D.C. for the long haul, despite her impending marriage to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “Yes, I’m fully ready for the commuter marriage!” she e-mailed Friday, after The Reliable Source broke the word that...

By Bill Turque  |  January 15, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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"Filthy" teacher gives up on DCPS

Several D.C. public school teachers are also bloggers, and their dispatches from the ground are often smart, refreshingly subversive and a critical reality check for a conversation dominated by parents, politicians, pundits and administrators. Among the most readable is...

By Bill Turque  |  January 14, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Trying to catch learning issues early

District officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new $10 million diagnostic facility to spot and address developmental delays in small children. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said she hopes that the Early Stages Center, housed at Walker Jones Education Campus...

By Bill Turque  |  January 13, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Special ed kids “missing to the system”

Deputy Chancellor Richard Nyankori assured a federal judge last fall that some of the special education students removed from private schools for placement back in DCPS had not fallen off the grid. “I don’t want the impression out there that...

By Bill Turque  |  January 12, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Getting rolled on enrollment

DCPS talks a lot about transparency. Its mission statement says the central office will be “efficient, transparent and responsive.” The lottery for placement of out-of-boundary students has been tweaked “to improve transparency.” New human resources software will “increase transparency of...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 12, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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A new blog, a new day

A gun scare and evacuation at Spingarn High School is not exactly the note on which I wanted to get started here. Then again, we don't always get to pick our notes. More often they pick us My hope,...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 11, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Gun Scare at Spingarn

Students and staff at Spingarn High School endured a scary--and chilly--few hours Monday after reports of a person with a gun in the building. The Post’s Hamil Harris reports that a small expeditionary force at least four-dozen officers, including SWAT...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 11, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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