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D.C. Schools Insider: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Rhee's mystery honeymoon

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will marry Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Sept. 4, says she knows the "when" of her honeymoon but not the "where." She'll take off for 10 days beginning Sept. 15, the day after the Democratic mayoral...

By Bill Turque  |  July 16, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Behind shout-out to Ballou, limbo for its teachers

Under ordinary circumstances, a 30 percent proficiency rating in reading and 26 percent in math for high school sophomores on the 2010 D.C. CAS would hardly be cause for celebration. But there are no ordinary circumstances at Ballou in Southeast Washington, where three years ago, test scores were in the single digits.

By Bill Turque  |  July 15, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Charters get short shrift in D.C. CAS rollout

Even though the numbers were not completely glowing, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) made sure that his Tuesday news conference on DCPS test scores kicked off at 10:30 a.m., in time for early afternoon readers online as well as the Wednesday morning papers. But test data for the city's 57 publicly financed but independently operated charter schools wasn't available until 3:30 p.m. -- late in the news day. How come?

By Bill Turque  |  July 14, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Rhee to appear for Md. Senate hopeful

It looks as though Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who placed herself at the center of the D.C. mayor's race this month by linking her tenure to that of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, is acquiring a taste for the campaign trail....

By Bill Turque  |  July 13, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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D.C. elementary test scores show decline

D.C. officials announced Tuesday that reading and math test scores declined in elementary schools this year, halting a two-year run of significant gains and dealing a setback to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee as she seeks to overhaul city schools....

By Washington Post editors  |  July 13, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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DC CAS scores coming today

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office just announced that the 2010 DC CAS scores will be rolled out this morning at Ballou H.S. Press conference is set for 10:45 a.m....

By Bill Turque  |  July 13, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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AFT to investigate WTU election imbroglio

The American Federation of Teachers has launched a formal investigation into the Washington Teachers' Union's failure to hold a timely election of officers. AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a letter to WTU members Monday that members of the AFT executive council, assisted by general counsel David Strom, would try to sort out the internal conflicts that have produced a nearly two-month delay in the election of a president and other officers.

By Bill Turque  |  July 12, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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'Slow Cook' roasts D.C. schools for food rebates

Ed Bruske, "The Slow Cook" blogger, offers a revealing look at rebates in the food service industry, including the $1 million that DCPS has collected over the past couple of years from Chartwells, the giant food service contractor that handles...

By Bill Turque  |  July 12, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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