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Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 10/12/2010

What grade would you give Rhee?

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's resignation will be announced at a news conference tomorrow morning. What grade would you give her tenure leading the city's schools? Vote in the poll below and explain your rating in the comments....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  08:03 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/26/2010

Brown fundraiser for council chairman draws school construction crowd

In the next five years, the District is slated to spend $1.5 billion to reconstruct and renovate the city's schools. Many of the construction companies and contractors that will be tasked with overhauling those buildings were in the room Tuesday night for a fundraiser to toast - and write checks...

By Ann E. Marimow and Bill Turque  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/11/2010

Moving Day for D.C. School News

Starting today, news about Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and school reform in the District signs off the D.C. Wire and moves to a different address, D.C. Schools Insider. What happens in the city's public and public charter schools resonates not only with parents, teachers, students and policy makers, but...

By Bill Turque  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 01/06/2010

Building The Better Teacher

Anyone interested in the future of D.C. public schools should take a look at Amanda Ripley's new piece in The Atlantic, posted Tuesday. Ripley, whose 2008 Time magazine profile of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee featured the now-legendary broom cover, reports on Teach for America's (TFA) painstaking attempts to isolate the...

By Bill Turque  |  05:26 PM ET, 01/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 01/04/2010

Rhee tweaks out-of-boundary lottery

DCPS has adjusted the language in rules covering enrollment in out-of-boundary schools. One of the aims, officials say, is to determine with more precision which families are actually eligible to place their children in schools outside their immediate neighborhoods. Parents who don't want the public school assigned to them by...

By Bill Turque  |  01:57 PM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Oyster-Adams Principal Calls Out Rude Parents

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park was the setting for one of last year's nastier school community disputes. In May 2008 Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the school, fired principal Marta Guzman, along with about two-dozen other D.C. school leaders. Guzman's dismissal aggravated ethnic and class tensions...

By Bill Turque  |  05:23 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Two District agencies to move

D.C. Public Schools and the Department of the Environment will have new digs come February, when they lease space in an office building on top of the New York Avenue Metro station in Northeast's NoMA neighborhood, the city's Department of Real Estate Services announced Wednesday afternoon. DRES director Robin-Eve Jasper...

By Bill Turque  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Oyster-Adams principal calls out rude parents

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park was the setting for one of last year's nastier school community disputes. In June 2008 Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the school, fired principal Marta Guzman, along with about two-dozen other D.C. school leaders. Guzman's dismissal aggravated ethnic and class tensions...

By Washington Post editors  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/14/2009

Janey says 'footprint' is still fresh

When Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee met with reporters last week to tout the District's improved math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) , she did it with a nod to her predecessor, Clifford Janey. It was under Janey, who was dismissed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty after...

By Washington Post editors  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/10/2009

What did Kaya Henderson say and when didn't she say it?

One of the reasons Hardy Middle School parents and staff were so angered by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's Dec. 4 announcement that she was replacing respected principal Patrick Pope was that it seemed to contradict prior assurances that Pope would remain in place. At the raucous Dec. 4 meeting in...

By Washington Post editors  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 12/08/2009

Rhee to hold office hours

Starting Wednesday evening, DCPS parents and other stakeholders will have a chance for five minutes of face time with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will begin to hold monthly "office hours" at selected schools. Tomorrow's session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smothers Elementary School in Ward 7,...

By Washington Post editors  |  10:47 AM ET, 12/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 12/04/2009

Hardy Principal Pope out

D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee infuriated parents and faculty at a Georgetown middle school Friday evening by announcing that she plans to remove its popular long-time principal, Patrick Pope. Rhee said that Pope would finish the academic year at Hardy Middle School, home of a highly regarded arts and instrumental...

By Bill Turque  |  10:21 PM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 12/04/2009

Wilson Kids Headed To UDC

It looks increasingly likely that Woodrow Wilson High School's 1,500 students will spend the 2010-11 academic year at the University of the District of Columbia while their building undergoes a $70 million renovation. Lew's office says details still need to be worked out, but Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)...

By Bill Turque  |  09:20 AM ET, 12/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 12/01/2009

Fired Teachers Rip Union, Ask For Money

A group representing at least some of the 266 District educators laid off on Oct. 2 is asking the Washington Teachers Union (WTU) for $250,000 to finance appeals of their cases. A D.C. Superior Court judge last week upheld Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision to close a budget gap by...

By Bill Turque  |  04:21 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 12/01/2009

DC Officials: Vouchers Underwrite Discrimination

Two top elected officials in Ward 6 have written to Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill) opposing reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCSOP), asserting that some students who receive the federally-funded vouchers attend "seriously deficient" private schools or religious schools with discriminatory employment practices. The future of the program remains...

By Bill Turque  |  01:09 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 12/01/2009

Rhee, Hardy Parents To Meet

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who said she planned a "major announcement" this month about the future of Hardy Middle School, will meet Friday evening with parents who'd like to know what she has in mind for the arts-focused Georgetown school. Rhee kicked up considerable uncertainty and angst after a Northwest...

By Bill Turque  |  10:33 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 11/24/2009

WTU Loses Court Challenge To Layoffs

A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled against a bid by the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) to roll back the Oct. 2 layoffs of 266 DCPS teachers and staff. In an opinion issued late Tuesday morning, Judge Judith Bartnoff said WTU had failed to prove any of its core arguments...

By Bill Turque  |  01:10 PM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/24/2009

Twelve Schools Cited For Suspect Test Results

District officials have asked 12 public and public charter schools with irregularities in their 2009 DC-CAS standardized test results to conduct internal investigations. That little news nugget was tucked into the seventh paragraph of a joint statement by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs--released shortly...

By Bill Turque  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2009

Bleak Hallways At Ballou

When schools opened in August, the Fenty Administration proudly showcased the latest results of its $1 billion overhaul of DCPS buildings. Students at School Without Walls High School, Deal Middle School, Wheatley Education Campus and H.D. Cooke and Savoy elementary schools returned to facilities handsomely renovated under the guidance of...

By Bill Turque  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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