A Gift to D.C. Schools -- With Strings Attached
Today's article on how Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) forced a campaign contributor's reading program into the D.C. schools is the first in a two-day report about the chaotic ways in which pupils in the nation's capital get their curricula. Many educators believe this fractured system of classroom instruction is one reason D.C. public school kids continue to score at the bottom on national tests. It's another example of why the District's schools are so resistant to reform.
Here's a preview of tomorrow's story: School officials approved almost $3 million on a single day for a new nonprofit agency devoted to training teachers in reading and writing instruction. But they bypassed any formal contracting process and the chief academic officer, who had just put in place another program aimed at reading.
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