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D.C. Schools Insider: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

New regs for private special ed schools

District officials proposed new rules Friday to more tightly regulate the quality and cost of private schools where special education students are sent at public expense.

By Bill Turque  |  June 18, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Good news from "New Ballou"

The year-end news hasn't been the best for Ballou Senior High School. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced this week that it is one of six DCPS schools where teachers will be required to reapply for their jobs because of consistently...

By Bill Turque  |  June 18, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Weingarten to Rhee: Save the advice on N.Y.C.

The D.C. teachers' contract may be all but signed and sealed, but Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and AFT president Randi Weingarten continue to argue about what it actually means. The latest exchange is in the form of dueling op-eds in...

By Bill Turque  |  June 17, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Mayoral politics slowing early childhood center?

Back in March, it looked like the pieces were in place for construction of a $12 million early-childhood education center in the Parkside neighborhood of Ward 7, financed by a philanthropy run by the daughter of billionaire investor Warren Buffett....

By Bill Turque  |  June 16, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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After Betts, Shaw kids moving on

Last year a group of eighth-graders made a request that Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee took as dramatic evidence of the cultural change Principal Brian Betts was bringing to Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson. They told Rhee that they liked...

By Bill Turque  |  June 15, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Rhee shakes up six schools

As expected, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee brought the "reconstitution" hammer down on six low-performing schools Monday: Ballou High School, Garfield, Stanton and Davis elementary, Hamilton Center and Luke C. Moore Academy. It means that the approximately 150 teachers at...

By Bill Turque  |  June 14, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Rhee to NYC: Just be like me

There was a time in the fairly recent past when Michelle Rhee was the protege and Joel Klein was the mentor. Rhee was the little-known head of a teacher recruiting non-profit in 2007 when Klein, head of the New York...

By Bill Turque  |  June 13, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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