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D.C. Schools Insider: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Rhee mum on teacher sex flap

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee passed on multiple chances Friday to explain her remark that some of the 266 DCPS teachers laid off last October had hit children or had sex with them. The quote appears in the February issue of...

By Bill Turque  |  January 22, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Teachers having sex with students?

Seems to be the theme of the week in the local ed world. First we had Sidwell Friends' disclosure that it had fired a long-time social studies teacher charged in Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties with sexual abuse of a...

By Bill Turque  |  January 22, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Michelle Rhee, coming to a theater near you

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who has never wanted for attention from national magazines, television cameras or gossip columns, is ready for her closeup in the world of indie films. The trade publication The Wrap reported Thursday that Paramount Vantage has...

By Bill Turque  |  January 21, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Fenty: Ellington not going anywhere, yet

I caught up with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty this morning and asked him to address the uproar over discussions about the possible relocation of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.The takeaway seemed to be that nothing is imminent,...

By Bill Turque  |  January 21, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Ellington principal: "We will not stand idly by"

Duke Ellington head of school Rory L. Pullens hasn't returned my e-mails or phone messages to discuss the possible relocation of the Georgetown arts school, described Sunday in The Post. But he and members of the school's governing board, the...

By Bill Turque  |  January 20, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Sidwell fired teacher over sex allegations

Police in Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties have charged a Sidwell Friends middle school teacher with sexual abuse of a minor and other sexual offenses, according to law enforcement officials. On Wednesday, the private Northwest Washington school announced that it...

By Bill Turque  |  January 20, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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What we're about

It's been a little over a week since we launched D.C. Schools Insider, and your response has been quite encouraging. But I'd like to address one issue that's surfaced in some of the reaction. In commenting on last Tuesday's posting...

By Bill Turque  |  January 19, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cafritz "stunned" by Ellington scenario

Duke Ellington School of the Arts co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz says that if the District is contemplating a move for the Georgetown school, it is doing so without speaking to any of its partners. "No one has spoken to...

By Bill Turque  |  January 19, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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