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D.C. Schools Insider: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Harvard group to evaluate IMPACT

Updated at 3 p.m. with WTU response The Harvard think tank that experimented with paying D.C. middle schoolers for good grades and behavior will also study the IMPACT teacher evaluation system. DCPS confirmed late Wednesday that the Education Innovation Laboratory...

By Bill Turque  | January 20, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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The buzz about Rhee from "The Bee Eater"

My holiday weekend reading included an early copy of "The Bee Eater," Richard Whitmire's biography of former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, due out next month. Full disclosure at the top: Whitmire, a former reporter and editorial writer for...

By Bill Turque  | January 18, 2011; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Brown urges more from Henderson on Hardy

Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a series of moves last week aimed at curbing the disarray at Hardy Middle School. But D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, who has spoken with Henderson about discipline and leadership issues at the school,...

By Bill Turque  | January 18, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Gray: IMPACT teacher evaluation system has 'a long way to go' for fairness

As a candidate, Mayor Vincent C. Gray treaded cautiously when it came to questions about the IMPACT teacher evaluation system, arguably former Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's signature initiative. The Washington Teachers' Union, a major financial supporter, has big issues with...

By Bill Turque  | January 17, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Stoddert fifth grader gets big picture on MLK Day

Stoddert Elementary School fifth-grader Laurence Zeffler's social studies essay assignment last week was to explain how slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction and Martin Luther King, Jr. are related. His teacher, Steve Dingledine, shared it with me because he thought it...

By Bill Turque  | January 17, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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