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

IMPACT'S impact: 'Fear and rejection'

The IMPACT ax that swung Friday, resulting in the dismissal of 241 teachers, had been expected from the moment Chancellor Michelle A.Rhee introduced the new evaluation system last fall. In her five-year action plan unveiled last year, Rhee was explicit...

By Bill Turque  |  July 23, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Rhee fires 241 teachers

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has fired 241 teachers for poor classroom performance, officials said Friday. The dismissals are the first under a rigorous new evaluation system launched this year. As D.C. Schools Insider reported Thursday, the fired teachers received sub-par...

By Bill Turque  |  July 23, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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'Sizable' number of teachers face IMPACT ax

DCPS is preparing to dismiss a "sizable" number of teachers and other school staff who received sub-par appraisals under the new IMPACT evaluation system. That was the takeaway from a briefing for journalists Thursday morning at DCPS headquarters, where deputy...

By Bill Turque  |  July 22, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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'Our kids are broken'

Episcopal Center's roots in the District reach back 115 years, when it began as a convalescent home for tubercular children. It evolved into an orphanage and, finally, into a treatment facility for kids with severe emotional disturbances. Episcopal Center...

By Bill Turque  |  July 22, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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New special education rate structure delayed

Heeding protests from parents and educators, District officials have put off implementation of a new rate structure for private schools that serve about 2,700 D.C. special education students at public expense. The rates, scheduled to take effect this fall, would...

By Bill Turque  |  July 20, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rhee's staying power

If Mayor Adrian M. Fenty loses the Sept. 14 primary and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee resigns--as she has hinted recently--she's still likely to leave town as the District's longest serving schools leader of the last 20 years. She reached...

By Bill Turque  |  July 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Test scores: Whose good news?

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee tried last week to take the edge off of the decline in elementary reading and math scores on the 2010 DC CAS by emphasizing student gains over the last three years...

By Bill Turque  |  July 20, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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