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D.C. Schools Insider: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Office of Campaign Finance clears Rhee

The District's Office of Campaign Finance (OCF) has dismissed a complaint against Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee alleging that she acted improperly by soliciting private foundation funds to help support the DCPS contract with the Washington Teachers' Union.

By Bill Turque  |  September 3, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Final count on fired teachers

DCPS has offered updated numbers on the July teacher firings, which were based in part on scores from the new IMPACT evaluation system. After a good deal of confusion, some at my end and some at the other, I'm hoping...

By Bill Turque  |  September 3, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Judge halts AFT takeover of WTU election

Updated 9:17 pm The American Federation of Teachers acted improperly by intervening in the Washington Teachers' Union's internal dispute over the timing of its officer elections, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. But U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly also left...

By Bill Turque  |  September 1, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Washington Teachers' Union  
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Fact-checking the mayoral debate

Education came up early and often during Wednesday's afternoon Newseum mayoral debate. In high-stakes political events like this the first casualties often are nuance, context and recent history. Some of the factual claims fell into the "Yes, but" category, where...

By Bill Turque  |  September 1, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. Mayor's Race , Michelle Rhee  
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Clifford Janey ousted in Newark

Former D.C. Superintendent Clifford Janey's contract as Newark schools leader will not be renewed, sources told The Newark Star-Ledger Tuesday night. Janey was ousted by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2007 in favor of Michelle A. Rhee, shortly after Fenty...

By Bill Turque  |  September 1, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Wilson teacher alleges transfer was retaliation

Updated: 10 a.m. Erich Martel has never been reluctant to call out those in power when he thinks there's a problem. In 2007, the veteran A.P. U.S. history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School triggered an investigation by the D.C....

By Bill Turque  |  August 30, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Rhee: Performance money coming soon

D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee said in an interview that she was "about to announce in the next couple of days" the first round of payments to top-performing DCPS teachers. This is the money coming from the group of private foundations interested in tying teacher compensation to effectiveness.

By Bill Turque  |  August 29, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee , Washington Teachers' Union  
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