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D.C. Schools Insider: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Gay Ballou senior survives ordeal

The new Washington Blade tells the remarkable story of Ballou STAY senior Kadeem Swenson, forced by his parents to leave his Waldorf home two years ago when he came out as gay. He lived in abandoned apartment buildings in Congress...

By Bill Turque  | November 12, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saunders: Parker gambit 'absolutely pathetic'

Mail ballots go out Monday in the Washington Teachers' Union election runoff, and WTU president George Parker, facing a stiff challenge from general vice president Nathan Saunders, is reaching out to a younger and less active segment of the union...

By Bill Turque  | November 12, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Washington Teachers' Union  
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More on the special ed backlog

Deputy chancellor for special education Richard Nyankori called to add a few details to Monday's post about the backlog of 400 incomplete special education evaluations and IEP meetings. Nyankori said he is not shirking ownership of the issue, but that...

By Bill Turque  | November 11, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Special Education  
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Where are the DCPS contracts?

DCPS used to post a monthly listing of the contracts it awarded, offering a window into how the $700 million a year agency spends some of its money. In January, for instance, there was a $3.1 million contract with First...

By Bill Turque  | November 10, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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DCPS still digging through special ed backlog

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and former schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee can justifiably claim progress in cleaning up some of the school system's historically deficient delivery of special education services. In the summer of 2007, 979 court-ordered hearing officer determinations--formal...

By Bill Turque  | November 8, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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