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D.C. Schools Insider: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

DCPS may get new lunch service

DCPS is taking a look at replacing its food service contractor, Chartwells-Thompson, which has drawn questions about the nutritional quality and efficiency of its operation. In late December the District put out a "Request for Information" (RFI), asking other food...

By Bill Turque  |  February 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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WTU: Abuse charges "significantly lower" than reported

Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker, responding to Monday's story about corporal punishment allegations, said the actual number of substantiated cases is much lower than the 220 incidents reported to D.C. police by Hawk One security. How much lower?...

By Bill Turque  |  February 11, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Rhee: PD is on for Friday

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, trying to salvage something from a lost week, has asked teachers to report to school Friday for a scheduled day of professional development. Rhee increased funding and time devoted to helping educators lift their game....

By Bill Turque  |  February 11, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Tags: Michelle Rhee, professional development, snow, teachers  
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Fight to keep D.C. schools open fails

The last flickers of public school resistance against the weather in the Washington region faded at 4:32 Wednesday afternoon, when DCPS announced it was calling off Thursday classes. So ends a snowbound four-day saga that began with Mayor Adrian M....

By Washington Post editors  |  February 10, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Weather blamed in Lafayette gas leak

My colleague Martin Weil reports the following about gas leak outside Lafayette Elementary Tuesday night: Winter weather was the underlying cause of Tuesday's break in a natural-gas line in Northwest Washington, according to Washington Gas. A chunk of ice fell...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 10, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Abuse charge a "wake up call" for teacher

There's clearly much more to say about corporal punishment than can be captured in one smallish newspaper piece. Among the things that fell out of the article because of space limitations was my interview with Angelo Parodi, a fifth grade...

By Bill Turque  |  February 9, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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No school Wednesday

DCPS just confirms...

By Bill Turque  |  February 9, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty: "Don't get into my mens rea"

Mayor Adrian M.Fenty, hammered by parents and teachers for the abortive decision to open D.C. Schools on a two-hour delay Monday, was as elusive as Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee about exactly how they made the decision. Fenty, a former Howard...

By Bill Turque  |  February 8, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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D.C. Schools closed tomorrow

DCPS just announced it....

By Bill Turque  |  February 8, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Did WTU force Fenty-Rhee's hand on closure?

It looks like the District faced the prospect of widespread teacher absences when it retreated Sunday evening from plans to open two hours late on Monday and decided to close altogether. Here is a portion of the robo-call that Washington...

By Bill Turque  |  February 8, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Insurrection against school opening

Howls of protest from parents and teachers had nothing to do with the Sunday evening flip-flop that closed D.C. public schools Monday, according to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. But what exactly did prompt her to change a two-hour delayed opening...

By Bill Turque  |  February 8, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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