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D.C. Schools Insider: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Gray and Rhee finally meet

That's about all that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee had to say about their much-anticipated 90-minute session Thursday afternoon, their first since the end of a rancorous Democratic mayoral primary in which she actively campaigned against him.

By Bill Turque  | September 23, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Maintenance, leasing issues lead to special education bus snafus

In the 2010-2011 handbook for parents and guardians of special education students, OSSE director of student transportation Michael Kovalcik wrote that an "improved preventive maintenance program ensures that your children will be riding in the safest, best maintained fleet ever...

By Bill Turque  | September 23, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Stuff worth reading

After I posted a mention Tuesday of Bob Herbert's New York Times column that calls Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee "disrespectful" and "cold-blooded," a faithful reader wondered why I hadn't called attention to pieces by other writers with more favorable --...

By Bill Turque  | September 22, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Report: Special ed bus service remains poor

In May, after seven years of court supervision, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman agreed to begin returning to D.C. responsibility for busing its most vulnerable and fragile students to school. His transportation monitor, David Gilmore, reported that DCPS and...

By Bill Turque  | September 22, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Parkside-Kenilworth wins Promise grant

A Ward 7 community that aspires to create the District's version of the Harlem Children's Zone won a $500,000 "Promise Neighborhood" grant from the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday to move closer to that goal. Parkside-Kenilworth is one of 21...

By Bill Turque  | September 21, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Rhee 'cold-blooded,' says N.Y. Times' Herbert

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, in a tough piece Tuesday drawing parallels between President Obama's political predicament and the demise of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, slams Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee: "Mr. Fenty was cheered by whites for bringing...

By Bill Turque  | September 21, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Rhee: Oprah's 'Warrior Woman'

Correction: Chancellor Rhee used the "devastating," not "disastrous," at the screening last week. Oprah Winfrey gave Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee a heroine's welcome Monday when she appeared as part of a promotional push for "Waiting for Superman," the documentary that...

By Bill Turque  | September 20, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Rhee on 'Oprah' today

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee gets the Oprah treatment this afternoon (4 p.m. WJLA) as part of the promotional campaign for "Waiting for Superman," the edu-documentary that features her as one of the leading lights of school reform. She'll appear along...

By Bill Turque  | September 20, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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