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D.C. Schools Insider: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Are Metro's dedicated school lines in peril?

Here's an item from my colleagues Michael Birnbaum and Jenna Johnson: Buried within a long list of possible WMATA service cuts is the elimination of dedicated Metrobus service to 10 D.C. public schools. But a metro board member's office said...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 9, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Study shows paying kids for good grades, behavior is working

The first results of the District's experiment with paying middle schoolers who produce good grades and behavior are now available.They show that the kids helped most are those with serious behavioral problems. Details of the four-city project, led by Harvard...

By Bill Turque  |  April 9, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Gray warns of strings on private ed dollars

D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent C.Gray said Thursday he welcomes the DCPS-WTU tentative agreement, but that the council will take a hard look at the $64.5 million in foundation largesse embedded in the pact. "While I appreciate and...

By Bill Turque  |  April 8, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Rhee funds contract with Houston connection

A Houston foundation created by a billionaire hedge fund manager who began his career as a trader for Enron would finance part of the proposed contract between DCPS and the Washington Teachers' Union. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation would...

By Bill Turque  |  April 8, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DC Teachers contract settled

Update, 8:47 p.m.: For details, see the union's Q&A here and highlights here. (Both are pdfs.) Original post: D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and the Washington Teachers' Union have reached tentative agreement on a new contract, ending more than...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 6, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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DCPS enrollment redux

Back in January, I asked District officials for enrollment projections developed by the 21st Century Schools Fund , the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. After disagreements last spring between the D.C. Council and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee over trends...

By Bill Turque  |  April 4, 2010; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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