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D.C. Schools Insider: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

McKinley Tech arrest involved laptops

Updated at 5:30 p.m. with information from charging documents Ten missing laptop computers led to the arrest Thursday of a former McKinley Technology High School teacher, DCPS spokeswoman Safiya Simmons said Friday. Simmons said the school system discovered that the...

By Bill Turque  | January 14, 2011; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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DCPS scraps Saturday Scholars

A weekend test prep program established by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee to help raise DC CAS scores has been discontinued because of low attendance, budget pressures and "limited effectiveness." A memo to principals Thursday said that Saturday Scholars, offered between January and April for the last three years to help students prepare for the standardized tests, would not return in 2011.

By Bill Turque  | January 14, 2011; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Test scores  
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River Terrace pleads for its school

River Terrace residents often describe their Northeast D.C. neighborhood as "an island," tucked away inside the barriers created by Benning Road NE, East Capitol Street SE, I-295 and the Anacostia River. The isolation actually helped a robust community of...

By Bill Turque  | January 13, 2011; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Gray, Brown lament passing of William Lockridge

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown both paid tribute to D.C. State Board of Education member and community activist William Lockridge, who died Wednesday at age 63 after a suffering a stroke. In a statement...

By Bill Turque  | January 13, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Henderson plan to improve Hardy Middle unveiled; many parents skeptical

Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson has rolled out a series of steps to address problems at Hardy Middle School. They include a new behavioral tool that asks each student to pledge to come to school on time, observe the rules and...

By Bill Turque  | January 12, 2011; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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DCPS weather update

DCPS has announced that all athletic events are canceled, but aftercare will remain open. This evening's community meeting at Shaed Education Campus to discuss its closure and merger with Emery Education Campus has been postponed until Jan. 18....

By Bill Turque  | January 11, 2011; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Parents say Hardy in disarray; Henderson readies plan for improvements

Turmoil continues at Hardy Middle School, where some parent activists have renewed their calls for the removal of principal Dana Nerenberg. An "emergency parent/teacher meeting" has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss what some parents describe as the...

By Bill Turque  | January 11, 2011; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Young D.C. families check out the charters

Most of the young families at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday afternoon were searching for alternatives to their traditional neighborhood public schools.

By Bill Turque  | January 10, 2011; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Vigil for Lockridge Monday evening

There will be a candlelight vigil for D.C. State Board of Education member William Lockridge on Monday evening, 7 p.m at George Washington University Hospital, where he remains on life support after suffering a stroke Friday. Natalie Williams, a family...

By Bill Turque  | January 9, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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