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D.C. Schools Insider: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Special ed transportation: addendum

My posting earlier this week on the Petties case missed the mark in a couple of respects. Plaintiffs attorney Steven Ney said that the District will exit only part of the matter on Oct. 1 -- pending successful operation of...

By Bill Turque  |  May 14, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For Rhee, there's Fenty, KJ but no shades of Gray

The two mayors who figure so prominently in Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's life--the one she's engaged to and the one she works for--both surfaced in her breakfast talk to an adoring audience of business and political leaders Thursday morning....

By Bill Turque  |  May 13, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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WTU: Two votes, one fine mess

Now that District CFO Natwar M. Gandhi has certified the new labor contract as fiscally sound, it's up to Washington Teachers' Union members to ratify or reject the pact. Tentative plans (are there any other kind in this story?) call...

By Bill Turque  |  May 13, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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District regains control of special ed transport

After seven years of court supervision, a federal judge has agreed to return to the District the responsibility of busing its special education students. An order signed by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman sets the stage for the city...

By Bill Turque  |  May 12, 2010; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Council backs boost in charter facilities fee

The District's public charter schools, which have long held that they are shortchanged on funding compared to DCPS, would get a bit more money for rent, mortgage and other facilities costs under a recommendation Tuesday from the D.C. Council. Both...

By Bill Turque  |  May 11, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Drama at Duke Ellington

Students at Ellington School of the Arts High School were focused on their AP exams Monday when things started to go south in a hurry. First, a power outage in Georgetown left the school without lights for about four hours...

By Bill Turque  |  May 11, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Problems at Hamilton Education Center

Hamilton Education Center, a special education school in Northeast, serves some of the highest-needs children in DCPS: those diagnosed as emotionally disturbed. It's also become dangerously disorganized, according to a letter from Hamilton staff to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. The...

By Bill Turque  |  May 11, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Breaking: Gandhi blesses teachers contract

District Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is ready to certify the $140 million teachers contract as fiscally sound, ending nearly five weeks of interagency fingerpointing and confusion. Sources say a financing package that closes a $10.7 million funding...

By Bill Turque  |  May 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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DCTAG turns 10

One of the success stories in D.C. education is marking its 10-year anniversary: the District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG). Since its creation by Congress in 1999, the program has provided $235 million to help more than 16,000...

By Bill Turque  |  May 10, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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