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D.C. Schools Insider: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Michelle Rhee, first-year teacher

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's talk to the new DCPS teachers Wednesday included two anecdotes I had not heard before -- one remarkable for its content, the other for its delivery. They described her struggles 18 years ago as a fledgling...

By Bill Turque  |  August 13, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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DCPS non-teachers decry IMPACT

One of the several unorthodox features of the new IMPACT evaluation system devised by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is that it holds all the adults in a school building accountable to some extent for student achievement. That doesn't sit well...

By Bill Turque  |  August 13, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Knocking on doors to welcome new parents

If you have a child entering a DCPS preschool or pre-K classroom this month, don't be surprised to see someone at your door this weekend with information about the school year that begins on Aug. 23. The school system is...

By Bill Turque  |  August 13, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Feds follow Hatch complaint against Rhee

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the agency that oversees compliance with the Hatch Act, is investigating complaints by an outspoken critic of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee that she violated the statute by speaking out last month on the mayoral...

By Bill Turque  |  August 12, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Getting a handle on teacher attrition

As I looked at all the fresh-faced teachers starting their orientation Wednesday at Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC), I had to wonder how many would still be around in two or three years. If the existing data is any guide,...

By Bill Turque  |  August 12, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Why Rhee chose Anita Dunn

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee called on Washington's top echelon of political consultants when she began looking for help with her communications strategy last year. Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry, Bill Clinton campaign manager James Carville and Gore campaign...

By Bill Turque  |  August 11, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why did Tyler's test scores tank?

One of the more promising stories of the Rhee era was Tyler Elementary in Southeast, where reading and math scores on the DC CAS saw double-digit boosts in 2009 under young first-year principal Terry Dade. A graduate of New Leaders...

By Bill Turque  |  August 11, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Test scores  
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Victor Reinoso speaks

Deputy mayor for education Victor Reinoso is usually the man of few public words in the District schools debate. With Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty commanding the microphone, Reinoso is mostly seen but not heard, keeping...

By Bill Turque  |  August 9, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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