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D.C. Schools Insider: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

District says data report card not as bad as it looks

"Data-driven decisionmaking" was a mantra of the Fenty-Rhee school reform effort. But D.C. received a dismal report card Wednesday from a national organization that grades states on their capacity to collect and use high-quality information for school improvement. The...

By Bill Turque  | February 16, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Henderson focused on chancellor's job, not search

With Mayor Vincent Gray's confirmation Tuesday that she would welcome permanent appointment as Michelle Rhee's successor, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson has finally shed her equivocating answers to the question. She's made the transition from "I'm thinking it over" to "I'm...

By Bill Turque  | February 16, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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IMPACT faces issues of 'trust' and 'unintended consequences,' Gray committee says

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's education transition committee says the IMPACT teacher evaluation system needs improvement to reverse the perception among educators that it is more of "a sorting and termination tool" than a method of helping them improve their...

By Bill Turque  | February 16, 2011; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Five Friendship seniors win prestigious 'Posse' scholarships

As Mayor Vincent C. Gray welcomed Friendship Collegiate Academy senior Kiana Murphy to his press conference Tuesday morning, he observed that there must be a B+ lurking somewhere within her 3.96 GPA. Murphy's four classmates, who joined her in meeting...

By Bill Turque  | February 15, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Gray: Kaya Henderson wants the chancellor job

Since her appointment in October, interim schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has expressed ambivalence when asked if she wants the job on a permanent basis. But Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the man who will make the appointment, said Tuesday he's sure...

By Bill Turque  | February 15, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Principals briefed on how to 'excess' teachers

DCPS continues to wrestle with its fiscal 2012 budget. It is now almost a month late in telling individual schools what their allocations will be for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, heightening expectations that the financial hit will...

By Bill Turque  | February 14, 2011; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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