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D.C. Schools Insider: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

School reform study: Reliance on test scores 'naive'

Public Education Reform Amendment Act; D.C. school reform; National Research Council; Adrian M. Fenty; Vincent C. Gray;

By Bill Turque  | March 4, 2011; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Test scores  
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Rhee: D.C. school bureaucracy makes 'no sense'

"Having run a large public school system, I can tell you that a lot of things the District does make absolutely no sense whatsoever," Rhee said.

By Bill Turque  | March 3, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee  
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Can District afford to continue school modernization program?

Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration spent $1.1 billion to stabilize, renovate and rebuild D.C. schools, its athletic fields and playgrounds. The ambitious capital plan, led by school construction czar (now city administrator) Allen Lew, significantly improved dozens of schools...

By Bill Turque  | March 2, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Gray nixes Evans's bid to return principal to Hardy

Perhaps council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), after hearing more than a year's worth of protests about Patrick Pope's reassignment from Hardy Middle School, just wanted to be able to tell folks he tried. Or maybe he actually does believe,...

By Bill Turque  | March 1, 2011; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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DCPS joins charters in rising enrollment

In October's initial count, DCPS showed its first enrollment growth since 1969. An audited census released Tuesday confirmed the upward bump. There are 45,630 students enrolled in D.C.'s 123 public schools, a 2-percent gain over the 44,718 registered in last...

By Bill Turque  | March 1, 2011; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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DCPS to re-think cuts after revised revenue forecast

As late as 9 p.m. Monday, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson was poised to inform principals that her proposed 2012 budget would bring deep cuts to their schools, possibly forcing layoffs. That's when she learned that revised revenue estimates by Chief...

By Bill Turque  | March 1, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Evans considers bill to return Pope to Hardy MS

D.C Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who has largely stayed out of the mess at Hardy Middle School, says he may introduce legislation to mandate the return of former principal Patrick Pope. According to a report in the Georgetown...

By Bill Turque  | March 1, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Former Hardy principal Patrick Pope headed to Savoy ES

There was considerable skepticism from Hardy Middle School parents in December 2009 when former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced that she was reassigning principal Patrick Pope . She explained that he was the ideal choice to begin planning a new...

By Bill Turque  | February 28, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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