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D.C. Schools Insider: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

State board member Lockridge hospitalized

D.C. State Board of Education member William Lockridge is on life support at George Washington University Hospital this morning, according to a family spokesperson. Lockridge, 63, a veteran community activist who represents Ward 8 on the board, fell ill at...

By Bill Turque  | January 8, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Dunbar H.S. staffer under investigation for alleged misconduct with student

A Dunbar high school staff member has been "removed" pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct with a student. DCPS offered no details about the incident, other than that it occurred last fall and that MPD is investigating. School staff...

By Bill Turque  | January 7, 2011; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New education team marches together at Sousa

Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray at Sousa Middle School this morning for what seemed to be a high-end pep rally, assembled to show that in the post-Rhee era, the new players in the District's education hierarchy...

By Bill Turque  | January 6, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Charter school expo on Saturday

If you're a parent, student or teacher and think there's a charter school in your future, you might consider visiting the D.C. Public Charter School Recruitment Expo this Saturday. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Washington...

By Bill Turque  | January 5, 2011; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Special ed: who gets non-public placements?

By official estimates, the District sends special education students to private schools at three times the national rate, spending more than a quarter-billion dollars annually on tuition, transportation and legal fees for about 2,300 children. Once the school system, or...

By Bill Turque  | January 4, 2011; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCPS general counsel departs

General Counsel James Sandman, part of the D.C. Public Schools senior management circle assembled by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, has been named president of Legal Services Corporation.

By Bill Turque  | January 3, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Takoma relocation off to good start

Six days ago, Takoma Educational Center's new home had no heat, running water or kitchen facilities to feed its 328 students. Asbestos lurked in spots, and 48 classrooms needed to be cleaned, painted, furnished and decorated for grades pre-K through...

By Bill Turque  | January 3, 2011; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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