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D.C. Schools Insider: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

At Truesdell, 'Teddies, Not Tears'

Teachers at Truesdell Education Campus, the pre-K- through 8 school in Northwest's Brightwood Park neighborhood, constantly invoke the "Four Cs" for their kids: "Courage" "Curiosity," "Consideration" and "Cooperation." At Thursday morning's honors assembly, third- and fourth-graders added an "E" for...

By Bill Turque  |  March 5, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Charter board considers closing N.E. school

The D.C. Public Charter School Board will meet in emergency session at 6 p.m. Friday to consider revoking the charter of Young America Works, a seven-year-old vocational high school in Northeast. Revocation could close the school permanently at the end...

By Bill Turque  |  March 4, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Lanier: Only 1 teacher arrested for abuse

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has filled in more of the holes left by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in the wake of her statement to "Fast Company" magazine about the behavior of some of the 266 teachers she laid...

By Bill Turque  |  March 4, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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District health data found lacking

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), conducted every two years by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is widely regarded as a critical source for national trends in the health behaviors of high school students. But the District's data won't...

By Bill Turque  |  March 3, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Is turmoil at Hardy driving families away?

There are early signs that the lingering feud over Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision to replace Hardy Middle School principal Patrick Pope may be driving away the very families she sought to attract with the leadership change: those in the...

By Bill Turque  |  March 2, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Spellings: Rhee has "fire in the belly"

My colleague Nick Anderson reports that former education secretary Margaret Spellings touted Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee at a meeting of The Post's editorial board Monday. Spellings predicted that Rhee would continue her work in the District if Mayor Adrian M....

By Bill Turque  |  March 1, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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My morning at McKinley

When counselor Ray Perez invited me to set up a Washington Post table at McKinley Technology High School's College and Career Fair, I was happy to participate, even if I was at a bit of a loss as to...

By Bill Turque  |  February 28, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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