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D.C. Schools Insider: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

Rhee turns to White House veteran Anita Dunn

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose image has been battered by a series of high-profile controversies, is turning to a veteran of the Obama White House to help her with communications strategy. DCPS confirmed Friday that it is negotiating a contract...

By Bill Turque  |  March 19, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Charter performance reports available

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has released its 2009 School Performance Reports. They include data on DC-CAS results, graduation and college acceptances, and a board review of each school's academic, financial and governance performance. You can download the...

By Bill Turque  |  March 19, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rhee showcases new Hardy principal

Correction: Claire Murphy Keller, not Ashley Marsh-Coan, was the Hardy student who compared Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to Dolores Umbridge. With a group of parents in full mobilization and the D.C. Council asking questions, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is trying...

By Bill Turque  |  March 18, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Numbers say charter migration a trickle, not flood

The first quarter of the year always brings the same anecdotes. A Ward 6 elementary school principal reported that five children from public charter schools showed up on a recent Monday morning. "The charter schools are letting their favorite children...

By Bill Turque  |  March 17, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Student compares Rhee to Harry Potter villain

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has been called many things. But it was likely a first Monday afternoon when a student from Hardy Middle School compared Rhee to the pernicious Harry Potter character, Dolores Umbridge, a cruel teacher at Hogwarts...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 15, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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More money, zero transparency for Cap Gains

Ever since DCPS launched its cash-for-good-grades program, Capital Gains, in the fall of 2008, there has been great curiosity about the results. Would the 3,000 middle schoolers eligible to earn up to $1,500 per academic year actually improve their grades...

By Bill Turque  |  March 15, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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District seniors round up college acceptances

It was a long day, starting before dawn Saturday with a 4 a.m. bus trip to North Carolina. But for about 130 D.C. high school students, the journey brought many of them at least a step closer to college. Their...

By Bill Turque  |  March 14, 2010; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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