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

Rhee: 'No obligation of any kind' to funders

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee told the District's Office of Campaign Finance on Friday that she gained nothing financially from the private foundations that are underwriting part of the new teachers contract, nor did she have anything to do with a...

By Bill Turque  |  July 9, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Teachers wait for District to show them the money

UPDATED: 1:03 p.m. Sept. 10 is the date. That's the first regular payday of the upcoming school year. David Umansky, spokesman for Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, said his office is still waiting for DCPS to supply certain basic...

By Bill Turque  |  July 9, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Special ed rate issue likely headed to court

The District's attempt to contain the nearly $300 million-a-year cost of private school tuition and services for special education students is headed toward review by a federal judge. Steven Ney, one of the attorneys representing the 2,700 D.C. students in...

By Bill Turque  |  July 9, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Catania says stronger truancy sanctions needed against parents

Henri Cauvin reports on Post Now that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) wants the parents of children who are skipping school to face tougher financial penalties, including the potential loss of welfare benefits.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 8, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Carey Wright named chief academic officer for DCPS

A former Maryland teacher, principal and associate superintendent has been named chief academic officer, D.C. Public Schools announced Wednesday. Carey M. Wright, who reports directly to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, will be responsible for the quality of instruction across the...

By Bill Turque  |  July 7, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Did Michelle Rhee violate the Hatch Act?

That's what a number of folks have been asking since the chancellor weighed in on the mayor's race last week, asserting that Vince Gray was no Adrian Fenty when it came to education reform. The Hatch Act, the federal law...

By Bill Turque  |  July 7, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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AFT headed back into D.C. union election mess

An "exasperated" American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is poised to step back into the Washington Teachers' Union election, now locked up in a lawsuit. The contest to elect union officers was supposed to be held in May, with...

By Bill Turque  |  July 6, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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