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ISO: Former DCPS teachers

For a story on teacher attrition, I'd like to talk to educators who have voluntarily left DCPS within the last three or four years. I'm looking for both veterans and novices. If you're interested, please get in touch with me by phone 202-334-9294 or e-mail turqueb@washpost.com.

By Bill Turque  |  February 26, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
 
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How about a story on parents who have pulled their kids out of DCPS in the last several years?

I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: trace1 | February 27, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

How about a story on parents who have pulled their kids out of DCPS in the last several years?
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A feature article on two families-
yours and bbcrook's?

With all the impressive gains DCPS has made under Miss Rhee in the past two years, why would anyone leave?
They are even coming back, as witnessed by the increased enrollment figures.
(So I have been told by Miss Rhee.)

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | February 27, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, since you asked Phillipmarlowe, we left two years ago because of a weak curriculum and poor quality teachers overall (with some exceptions).

DCPS is all about bringing up the bottom, with an emphasis on test scores. A laudable goal in some ways, but it is doing nothing for the kids who are not at the bottom. (For example, there is one level of English for incoming students at Deal MS. Given the range of abilities, how can this possibly serve the kids at the top? Answer: it doesn't. These kids will learn how to score well on a test and they will get As in the course-- but they will not learn how to think critically, engage in higher level analysis, and write effectively.)

If you compare what kids are learning in DCPS middle schools to quality suburban districts, it is clear that DCPS comes up short.

Oh, and by the way, Bbcrock apparently has his kids in a DCPS school and is a regular volunteer. He hasn't pulled them out. I don't believe you have ever had kids in DCPS, and have never been in a DCPS classroom, so I'm not sure of the basis of your interest in our city's school system, other than to launch personal attacks on this blog.

Posted by: trace1 | February 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Check out the latest DCPS teacher who quit last week. There is a Feb 28 story featured on The Washington Teacher blog @
http://thewashingtoneacher.blogspot.com/

Posted by: teacherspet | February 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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