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D.C. Schools Insider: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

DCPS ramps up for day one

You'd think there was an election coming up. Each year DCPS takes steps to try to minimize disarray and confusion on opening day. But with the mayor in a tough primary fight, school officials seem to be going the extra...

By Bill Turque  |  August 20, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Wilson H.S. settles into 'Building 52'

Principal Pete Cahall didn't sound like a man who minded having to uproot a 1,500-student high school and set up in temporary space for a year. He seemed downright enthusiastic about Woodrow Wilson's freshly-renovated digs on the University of District...

By Bill Turque  |  August 20, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Addendum to Fenty-Rhee story

I got some questions today about why I didn't describe the status of Kati Haycock's involvement in the mayoral race, given that I'd done so with two others (Mary Lord and Mary Filardo) quoted in the piece. Haycock, president of...

By Bill Turque  |  August 19, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. Mayor's Race  
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Rhee to principals: 'Go hard or go home'

Sounds as if the chancellor was channeling Mike Shanahan, but that was her message to principals at last week's "academy" at Gallaudet University. According to an attendee who shared notes with me, Rhee said that with the installation of...

By Bill Turque  |  August 19, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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AFT moves on WTU election takeover

Update 8:30 pm: The WTU has filed suit against the AFT, asking a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking the national union from conducting the local's election. It wasn't long ago that the Washington Teachers Union and its national...

By Bill Turque  |  August 18, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Rhee open to releasing value-added scores

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says she would consider making public data that show how effective individual teachers are at raising their students' test scores -- their so-called "value added." "It would have to be managed in the right way and...given...

By Bill Turque  |  August 17, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Weingarten to WTU: Comply or else

AFT president Randi Weingarten says Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker has until noon Tuesday to comply with an Aug. 4 order to hold a mid-September election for new officers and delegates, or the contest will be taken out of his hands and conducted by the national parent organization.

By Bill Turque  |  August 16, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Twenty-eight schools to open with new principals

The changes have been trickling out all summer, but DCPS finally confirmed late Friday that 28 of its 125 schools will open with new principals next week, including four high schools, five middle schools, five K-8 campuses and 12 elementary...

By Bill Turque  |  August 16, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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