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D.C. Schools Insider: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Unions decry 'silence' from Fenty, Rhee

Teachers' union leaders George Parker and Randi Weingarten are asking Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee for a meeting "as soon as possible" to get "a single, definitive and accurate accounting of the DCPS budget." In a...

By Bill Turque  |  April 22, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Rhee to court: No "surplus" during layoffs

In newly filed court documents, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says she was not aware of the now-discredited $34 million surplus in the DCPS budget last fall when she laid off 266 teachers. Rhee said her first inkling of the extra...

By Bill Turque  |  April 22, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Noah Wepman speaks!

Ever since his abrupt departure from District government last fall, following a bitter debate over the financial basis for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision to lay off 266 teachers, former DCPS chief financial officer Noah Wepman has politely declined interview...

By Bill Turque  |  April 22, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Thomas's bid to reinstate teachers fizzles

An attempt by Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) to legislate reinstatement of the 266 D.C. teachers laid off by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in October lost altitude quickly Tuesday and ultimately was postponed until next month. The original version...

By Bill Turque  |  April 20, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Board tentatively approves four new charter schools

Four new public charter schools received conditional approval Monday night to open in fall 2011. The applications were among 13 reviewed by the D.C. Public Charter School Board: Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, Munde Verde Bilingual School, Shining Stars Montessori Academy...

By Bill Turque  |  April 20, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hard Monday at Shaw school after principal's killing

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. My colleague Michael Birnbaum reports: Until last week, Shaw Middle School students were greeted every morning by their principal, Brian Betts, who would stand at the corner of 10th and V streets NW, his school...

By Michael Birnbaum  |  April 19, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Raymond leaving school board

Lisa Raymond, a member of the D.C. State Board of Education who as president fought to keep the panel relevant in the era of mayoral control, is not running for re-election. Raymond, who represents Ward 6, said in a statement...

By Bill Turque  |  April 19, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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