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D.C. Schools Insider: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Judge rejects D.C. bid to dismiss special ed case

A federal judge has denied a District motion to drop the 15-year-old injunction that oversees payments to private special education schools attended by the city's schoolchildren at public expense. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, citing improved performance and an influential...

By Bill Turque  | October 1, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Rhee's living room meetings: Few but far-flung

My colleague Courtland Milloy's Sept. 27 column ("Rhee Needs to Take a Look in the Mirror") drew considerable reader response, especially for his implication that the chancellor ingratiates herself to white DCPS stakeholders while disregarding the concerns of African Americans:...

By Bill Turque  | October 1, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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'Rheeformers' waiting for signals from Gray

Since the Democratic mayoral primary, most of the speculation in the D.C. education world has involved the when and how of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's likely departure, which has yet to be worked out -- so far as we know...

By Bill Turque  | October 1, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Boston educator, author, is new Eastern principal

Rachel Skerritt, chief of staff for Boston Public Schools, will be the new principal of Eastern High School beginning with the 2011-12 school year, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced Thursday. Skerritt, also a former Boston school headmaster (that's what they...

By Bill Turque  | September 30, 2010; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Will new instructional superintendents stick?

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, a bit wilted after three days of TV appearances in New York for NBC's "Education Nation," returned to her day job Wednesday to introduce members of her newly expanded senior management team at an evening community...

By Bill Turque  | September 30, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Stanford prof says Rhee needed her own base

The torrents of commentary about the fate of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee continue, here, here and here, to cite a few. One particularly cogent piece comes from Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, who blogged...

By Bill Turque  | September 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Damage 'on-going' for family of Shadd student impregnated by teacher

The mother of the special education student who became pregnant by her teacher at Shadd Transition Academy last year charges that even though the relationship was widely known or suspected by school staff, no one shared any concerns with her....

By Bill Turque  | September 28, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Obama and D.C. Schools: Addendum

Here are a couple of other voices on the subject that didn't make it into the paper or the blogs. They certainly won't be the last word on this, but they're worth noting. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who is retiring...

By Bill Turque  | September 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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What Obama said about DC schools

Here's the Q and A from NBC this morning, updated with comment from Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray: Q: Thank you for taking my question President Obama. As a father of two very delightful and...

By Bill Turque  | September 27, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Rhee: D.C. education reform can survive without me

The last time Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee appeared in public with AFT President Randi Weingarten and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, she declared the results of the D.C. Democratic mayoral primary -- which unseated her boss, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty --...

By Bill Turque  | September 26, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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