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DCPS turns around enrollment

DCPS is poised to announce tomorrow what it says is its first enrollment increase in 39 years. The news is in a release, quickly recalled for spilling too many of the beans. It says that unaudited figures show 73 of the system's 123 schools gaining students over last year, and that some schools in every ward showed gains. Chancellor Michelle A Rhee and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty have called presser for tomorrow morning.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
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I heard that many students at the high school level has been kicked out of charters and returning to DCPS.

Is there any data on these numbers.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 4, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This could be very promising news. Hopefully specific data on the numbers will be provided, including how much of the increase in enrollment is due to the increased enrollment in the Pre-K program.

Posted by: highquality4kids | October 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating! DC elects Fenty to turn around its schools and here's what he's done:
- Closed down under-enrolled failing schools saving the district millions!
- Revamped the teacher evaluation system based on sound strategies used in successful districts around the country improving student achievement over 3 years substantially!
- Fired ineffective teachers and principals!
- Reduced the city's crime rate!

And now increased DCPS enrollment for the first time in 4 decades...what thanks does he get? Fired!!

DCPS is headed back to the worst school system in the country on January 2! No wonder DC has never been given statehood--something just isn't right here!!!

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 4, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I switched my daughter two years ago
from a catholic school
to Alice Deal Middle School.
The principle reason
I did this was because the school was
a beautifully renovated facility that
was part of the Master Plan established --
long before Michelle Rhee was thought of.

In my view. she has had a minimal impact on the actual achievements of the schools and
the most significant improvement has been to the facilities (which she had nothing to do with) !

Leadership is simply more than having
a high profile and firing teachers.
The test scores under her tenure have shown modest success (even declining last year) despite retesting, gaming the system and postponing of extracurricular activities during testing periods as a means of ensuring the highest scores. When you analyze the totality of her accomplishments they are minimal and you rarely hear of tangible results she has achieved during her tenure (other than the illusion). What she has done is alienate a large portion of the city’s electorate and demoralize a large portion of the teachers and administration that support the schools. She is absolutely the wrong role model and person for this job. Her interest which is amplified by the recent media hype is more towards notoriety and grandstanding. Oprah did a disservice to herself and her viewers because she did not present a balanced view of the public school picture here in DC.

Lastly, let me be clear. In a predominantly African American school district it is vitally important
that their be a strong representation of African American teachers and administrators who are the role models for the students. To suggest that there are not enough qualified African Americans to fill these positions or that we would do something deleterious to the education of our kids is condescending and insulting. To further suggest that Vince Gray is not concerned about education is either ignorance or being disingenuous.
He is the only government official who has regularly held sessions with young students to ascertain their issues and concerns (see Saturday Council Sessions on Channel 13).

Her public campaigning in a segmented section of the city and her comments re: “devastating”
speaks volumes about how she feels about DC residents. ——-

Michelle Rhee is unprofessional and a fraud.
I can’t wait to see her go.


Posted by: honestpolicy | October 4, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Will ELI BROAD (the Southern Calif. real estate mogul
& rhee-form oligarch, otherwise known as
Sugar Daddy Warbucks) please clean up after your
crews' deep dippity-do & stinking pile of hypocrisy!
Will ELI BROAD & cronies
please arrange (ASAP !)
a consulting gig for his
political concubine & broom-humping pet

if she's got too many skeletons rattling
in the closet (along with Kevin Johnson,
including financial misappropriation scandals,
cover-up of sexual misconduct with
minor students & teenage staff,
and a range of federal /state /city
illegalities & violations) --
and if no other school district
will hire Chancellor Queen Rhee
(because she's not qualified to actually
be a school-district superintendent)
--- it's not the DC voters' problem !!!

There are excellent, experienced,
qualified candidates who are ready
to replace her and ready to implement
strategic, viable improvements.

Rhee-move her !


Posted by: honestpolicy | October 4, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean there will be no RIF due to under-enrollment this October?

Posted by: efavorite | October 4, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean there will be no RIF due to under-enrollment this October?

Posted by: efavorite | October 4, 2010 10:33 PM

That would be a very hard sell.
But, there is the $170 million shortfall.

Posted by: edlharris | October 5, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse


“DCPS turns around enrollment”
(Online Blog, By Washington Post editors | October 4, 2010; 5:58 PM ET)

“D.C. school system enrollment up, city official expected to announce”
(Online article, Tuesday, October 5, 2010; 12:26 AM)

“D.C. school enrollment appears to have risen”
(Print edition, 10/5/10)


Then, on the DCPS Website, see this announcement:

“Preschool and Pre-K Seats Remain”
Still looking for a spot for your child? Call our placement team today!

Posted by: efavorite | October 5, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Chairman Gray is deepening his understanding of the breadth of the space he has for school changes and sorting out some of the hype and trash he was fed during the campaign. Don't expect him to rehire en masse teachers terminated for any administrative reason, except in the unlikely event that the courts force him to do that. He sincerely wants to sidestep the chaos that the union and other special interests want to force on the system so that they can have their way with its budget, work rules, and halt teacher evaluation and better management of sped.

Posted by: axolotl | October 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Suddenly ax is channeling Gray

Posted by: efavorite | October 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

A RIF is not out of the question, particularly if the budget shortfall worsens and the enrollment figures show increases at the pre-k/k levels and maybe even decreases in the later grades. There are definitely still teachers hanging on that need to retire, be fired or RIF'ed. I'm not trashing all teachers, just saying its still not hard to find a few teachers in every school that most parents (and probably other teachers) wonder how they still have jobs.

Posted by: horacemann | October 5, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

e: not sudden. And, shouldn't you be in class, eh?

Posted by: axolotl | October 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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