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D.C. Schools Insider: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Charter founder may be headed for ed post

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to roll out his education appointments next week, and one of them is widely expected to be Joshua Kern, co-founder and executive director of Thurgood Marshall Academy, the high-performing law-themed public charter high school...

By Bill Turque  | December 10, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Former Dunbar teacher: 'Neglect, zero accountability' at school

Geometry teacher Jessica Lilly found the fliers on the walls when she arrived at Dunbar Senior High School early one morning last month. They were a photo of a female student, with her name, phone number and an obscene caption...

By Bill Turque  | December 10, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Gray: No DCPS chancellor appointment imminent

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) told us Wednesday night that he is impressed by interim D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson but that he is not on the verge of naming her or anyone else to the position permanently. Gray, who...

By Washington Post editors  | December 9, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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DCPS wants to close Shaed, River Terrace; open Montessori

DCPS has proposed a series of closures and consolidations that would take effect this fall. It wants to shutter two lightly-enrolled schools in Northeast and open a Montessori school at the old Logan Elementary building near Union Station. According to...

By Bill Turque  | December 8, 2010; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Breaking: Bedford out at Dunbar

Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson has ousted Friends of Bedford as operators of Dunbar Senior High, after a series of complaints about their management of the school More to come Update 8 p.m.: Henderson's removal of Friends of Bedford comes after...

By Bill Turque  | December 8, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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ISO: Dunbar parents, teachers

I'm looking to learn more about Friends of Bedford. If you can help, please give me a call at 202-334-9294 or msg at turqueb@washpost.com. Thanks....

By Bill Turque  | December 8, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Henderson: Not managing Dunbar in the press

Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson got back to me this evening on the question of what data she had to support her concerns about Dunbar High School. She said there's plenty, but nothing she's willing to make public. "There's actually a...

By Bill Turque  | December 7, 2010; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Was Friends of Bedford ready for Dunbar?

As promised, DCPS moved Monday to bolster safety and security at Dunbar High School, which officials say has suffered from a lack of both under Friends of Bedford, the outside operator hired by former Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. The package...

By Bill Turque  | December 7, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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A new tool to dig out school data

DCPS unveiled a new "easy-to-use" online tool Monday that it promises will give families unprecedented access to school information as the out-of-boundary school lottery season approaches. The School Profiles tool, available here , gives parents what officials described as a...

By Bill Turque  | December 6, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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