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D.C. Schools Insider: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

GAO: DCPS, OSSE lag in contract oversight

The Government Accountability Office reported again Thursday pretty much what they've reported for years: that D.C. Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) don't do a particularly good job of monitoring how federal money is...

By Bill Turque  | November 18, 2010; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Henderson wants senior staff "Born to Run"

There was some grumbling Tuesday evening when interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson was a no-show at Walker-Jones Education Campus for her "office hours," where about a dozen folks had signed up to get five minutes with her.

By Bill Turque  | November 18, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Researcher finds good data scarce at DCPS

In 2008, education researcher Becky Smerdon had a plan to study dropout rates in DCPS. The idea was to look at the middle school records of students who had left high school before graduating, to see if there were any...

By Bill Turque  | November 17, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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'Highly effective' teachers postscript

My Sunday story about the distribution of "highly effective" teachers -- as assessed by IMPACT -- obviously tapped a nerve. Many of you seemed to think that the underlying premise of the piece was that IMPACT is an infallible means...

By Bill Turque  | November 15, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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