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

Hardy parents turn up rhetorical heat in fight with Rhee

Hardy Middle School parents angry about the ouster of principal Patrick Pope have accused her of attempting to "segregate" attendance at the school. The charge comes as the group intensifies its campaign to force Rhee to reverse her decision, which...

By Bill Turque  |  March 12, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Eastern relaunch pushed back a year

D.C. school officials have postponed the re-opening of Eastern High School until fall 2011 to allow more time for planning the revival of the long-troubled Capitol Hill school. Under federal mandate to overhaul its program because of consistently poor academic...

By Bill Turque  |  March 10, 2010; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Shaw redemption

Last winter, several eighth-graders presented Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee with what was likely an unprecedented request: add a ninth grade so they could stay at their middle school, Shaw@Garnet-Patterson. The students said they liked the change of culture that new...

By Bill Turque  |  March 10, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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First Lady to speak at Anacostia commencement

The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that First Lady Michelle Obama will address Anacostia High School's commencement on June 11. This will be her second trip to the school, renamed The Academies at Anacostia since its takeover by Friendship...

By Bill Turque  |  March 9, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Independent evaluation of school reform begins

The four principal figures in D.C. school reform were on their best behavior Monday when they visited with the National Research Council (NRC) committee that will conduct an independent evaluation of their efforts. The rare joint appearance by D.C. Council...

By Bill Turque  |  March 8, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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New firings in central office

DCPS confirmed Candi Peterson's weekend reports in The Washington Teacher that 18 Office of Special Education (OSE) staffers were let go on Friday. No details yet on what jobs they held or what exactly drove the dismissals, although spending pressures...

By Bill Turque  |  March 8, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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