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D.C. Schools Insider: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Many teachers pass on IMPACT bonuses

When DCPS built its IMPACT evaluation system, an underlying assumption seemed to be that if you throw enough serious money at teachers, they'll happily relinquish a bit of job security. Judging from the first round of bonuses awarded late last...

By Bill Turque  | January 28, 2011; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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D.C. school lottery opens today

District families seeking preschool or pre-kindergarten spots, or schools beyond their neighborhood boundaries, can enter a lottery beginning today. To apply, families can log on to the DCPS Web site. Paper applications will not be accepted. Each applicant can list...

By Bill Turque  | January 28, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Henderson: Hardy decision "mine to make"

I got e-mail responses this evening to some questions I put to Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson earlier today. They were too late to make the paper, but here they are: On whether Mayor Gray wanted her to move Dana Nerenberg:...

By Bill Turque  | January 26, 2011; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Saunders: 'I am the chooser' on IMPACT study

Exactly when and how Harvard University economist Roland Fryer was selected to conduct an independent study of the IMPACT teacher evaluation system remains kind of a muddle. Last week, DCPS announced Fryer as the "mutual" selection of the school system...

By Bill Turque  | January 26, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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D.C. to move Hardy Middle School principal

DCPS has decided to move Hardy principal Dana Nerenberg out of her post, culminating more than a year of turmoil at the Georgetown school. A senior school system source said Wednesday morning that students will bring a letter home today...

By Bill Turque  | January 26, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Another take from Hardy Middle School parents

There is another segment of the parent community that believes that while there are significant issues to address, Hardy is not imploding. They say it is time to move on from the dispute over Rhee's reassignment of Pope-- however ill-advised or clumsily handled it might have been.

By Bill Turque  | January 25, 2011; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Books needed by the Ballou High library

A number of you responding to Monday's story about the Ballou High School library asked about donating books in lieu of cash. I asked Melissa Jackson for a list of the titles she was seeking. Here it is: Adoff, Arnold:...

By Bill Turque  | January 25, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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School budgets delayed again

DCPS has once again put off delivery of budget allocations to individual schools. The allocations, which principals and LSATs are supposed to use to shape their spending plans, were originally due on Jan. 18 but postponed until yesterday. The latest...

By Bill Turque  | January 24, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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How to help the Ballou library

I've received a bunch of inquiries this morning from people who want to help. Librarian Melissa Jackson says that those interested can make a check payable to: Friends of Ballou/ Community Foundation of the National Capital Region Ballou Senior High...

By Bill Turque  | January 24, 2011; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The hunt for DCPS middle school options

Many DCPS families head for the exit ramp at the end of their elementary school years to seek out charter or private options. That's because despite a few well publicized success stories, such as Sousa and Deal, many of the...

By Bill Turque  | January 23, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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