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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 about DCPS special education kids who seemed to have fallen off the grid, efavorite wrote:

"As happy as I am to see you have your own little niche on the website, I hope this doesn't mean that important education stories like this one are not considered to be print-worthy and will be relegated to the online version of the Post that's only read by education junkies. I'll be checking and I'll be complaining to the ombudsman if that's what is happening."

In his Jan. 13 edition of themail@dcwatch, Gary Imhoff wrote that the blog "is great news for people searching for news about DCPS," but he also asks: "In the not too distant future, will most important news stories be available just on the web, and will the Post be reduced to a printed index, tabloid-sized like the Express, with one-paragraph stories that link to fuller coverage online?"

The answer is I don't see us ever becoming a mere "printed index" for online journalism. And I have no intention of ramping back on my contributions to the daily paper, so don't go siccing Andy Alexander on me just yet.

As I hope Sunday's story on Duke Ellington School of the Arts shows, news about D.C. schools will always have a place in the print editions of The Post. I view D.C. Schools Insider, much as I saw D.C. Wire, as a place to expand and deepen our coverage, not as some digital backwater where pieces can be stashed. I also hope to do away with the notion that what we're about here is for education junkies only.

Over time, I'd like to see this become the go-to blog for anyone wanting to know about D.C. schools.

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By Bill Turque  |  January 19, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
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“I also hope to do away with the notion that what we're about here is for education junkies only.”

Wonderful! I hope so too. So please make sure that Wire readers and print Post readers are regularly reminded about this blog and directed to it.

Try to get news on DCPS legal issues also reported in print, and beware of posts that are riddled with confusing homonyms and variants. “Siccing” is preferred over “sicking” (sic) for the gerund of “sic” - the urge to attack someone.

Posted by: efavorite | January 19, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Good to know that this blog won't be some "digital backwater". OMG, efavorite, did you write gerund? When was the last time I saw this word in print, let alone spoken in a classroom? It warms this teacher's heart, as I'm a secret grammar (what's that?) nerd. Of course, siccing couldn't be sicking. Love the blog, btw.

Posted by: chelita | January 20, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Was it really necessary to correct the writer by posting a message here? Sometimes, I think we take ourselves--and our professional titles--much too seriously.

Good job, Mr. Turque. I look forward to reading your columns in the future.

Posted by: Is_this_thing_on | January 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding correcting the writer, I realize that most readers wouldn't know that it's a little inside joke. Turque once criticized an affidavit that had a couple of punctuation errors and two spell-check defying oversights as being "riddled with grammatical errors." I criticized him for bringing unwarranted attention to it and have made a point ever since of commenting on his occasional, human errors as being “riddled” in one way or another. I actually respect his writing a great deal.

Chelita – OMG – I’m dating myself!

Posted by: efavorite | January 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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