D.C. Wire: Education


Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Norton accuses GOP of trying to 'humiliate' and 'disrespect' Gray

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) ripped into her Republican colleagues Tuesday morning at a hearing on the District's school voucher program, accusing them of trying to "humiliate" Mayor Vincent C. Gray and "disrespect his office."

By Ben Pershing  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Education, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vincent C. Gray

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Michelle Rhee to announce resignation

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will announce Wednesday that she is resigning at the end of October, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but also became a central issue in the recent mayoral primary race. She is scheduled to announce her departure at a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  08:15 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education, Education

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 01:41 PM ET, 07/08/2010

Catania says stronger truancy sanctions needed against parents

Henri Cauvin reports on Post Now that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) wants the parents of children who are skipping school to face tougher financial penalties, including the potential loss of welfare benefits.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:41 PM ET, 07/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 06/23/2010

School vouchers and their future in D.C.

Mike DeBonis has some interesting information about school vouchers - their efficacy and their prospects - at the DeBonis blog....

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:18 PM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

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 10:53 AM ET, 04/30/2010

Gandhi rejects teacher contract until city proves it can afford it

The District's chief financial officer told the D.C. Council Friday that he cannot certify the proposed teachers' contract as fiscally sound because the city has yet to demonstrate that there is enough money to pay for it. Gandhi told the council that city officials face a $28 million gap in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

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)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education

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)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education

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)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education

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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Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 10/05/2009

Wild Times at Woodson

McKinley Technical, site of an afterschool confrontation Friday between students and police, wasn't the only high school that had problems when Hawk One, the District's school security contractor, went belly up. Multiple sources report that H.D. Woodson, temporarily housed at the former Fletcher-Johnson Education Center on Benning Rd. SE, was...

By Bill Turque  |  07:08 PM ET, 10/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/08/2009

(Not) Getting Arrested for D.C. Vouchers

With President Obama's back-to-school speech as their news hook, supporters of the federal D.C. school voucher program converged on Education Department headquarters this morning for a curious exercise in civil disobedience that produced lots of chanting but no arrests. Some background: Congressional Democrats, backed by the Obama administration, are phasing...

By Washington Post editors  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/13/2009

"Deputy Youth Mayor" Vouches For Fenty

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty got dinged at a Senate committee hearing this morning for his wobbly support of the District voucher program. Fenty was one of several figures who declined invitations from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) to testify on the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Lieberman,...

By Bill Turque  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 04/10/2009

Gist Bids Farewell to OSSE

Before moving on to her new job as the Commissioner of Education for the state of Rhode Island, Deborah A. Gist said farewell to her colleagues at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in an email. "It has been a true honor to work with you...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:34 PM ET, 04/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/09/2009

School Budget Hearing Underway

More than three dozen witnesses have signed up to testify at the D.C. Council school budget hearing, which is underway today. Those testifying include George Parker, president of the Washington Teacher's Union, members of Parent Teacher Associations, principals and students. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is on deck to testify later...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/08/2009

D.C. Charter Board Taps DCPS for New Press Aide

Another DCPS person goes charter. No, we're not talking about one of the roughly 4,200 students who left D.C. Public Schools last year while charter enrollment surged 14 percent, according to the 2008 school enrollment audit report. Audrey A. Williams, who worked in the DCPS communications office, is now the...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 06:21 AM ET, 04/04/2009

DCPS Counts Its Pennies

D.C. public schools, largely protected from cuts in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposed 2010 budget, are tightening up for the remainder of the current fiscal year that ends Sept 30. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee sent word to principals late Friday that local school budgets are effectively frozen until then. All...

By Bill Turque  |  06:21 AM ET, 04/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 04/03/2009

No Dough for Teachers in Funding Formula

It turns out teachers aren't quite so special after all. Mayoral budget guru William Singer said last week that while most city employees would not be getting raises under the proposed 2010 budget, teachers were "a special case." "There is money in the proposed budget for a performance-based teacher contract,"...

By Bill Turque  |  06:18 PM ET, 04/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 06:55 AM ET, 04/02/2009

A Flap Over Charter School Funding

Public charter school advocates are upset about a proposed change in the District's funding formula -- one that D.C. officials say is intended to make the schools more accountable for their facilities costs. Like public schools, public charter schools are funded according to a per-pupil allocation. The basic amount--which...

By Bill Turque  |  06:55 AM ET, 04/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/31/2009

Fenty to Mayors: School Boards Have No Purpose

Mayors from across the country were in town today for a conference, including a seminar on education reform. Not surprisingly, Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) and D.C. school Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee were among the speakers on the panel, continuing a series of national platforms --Democratic National Convention in Denver, National...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/27/2009

Rhee, Teachers To Meet on New Evaluation System

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, stepping up her efforts to reach out to D.C. teachers, has announced a series of meetings to discuss the new evaluation system scheduled to launch in the fall. A notice on the DCPS website invites teachers to "help shape" the new approach. Rhee has said that...

By Bill Turque  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 03/23/2009

Rhee: "It Potentially Gets Uglier"

Did Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee say that mediation wasn't the only option if talks with the Washington Teachers Union remained stalemated? That's kind of what it sounded like in Nicholas D. Kristof's New York Times column yesterday. Addressing her 16-month-long fight with the union over pay and job security...

By Bill Turque  |  06:12 PM ET, 03/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/23/2009

Coolidge Principal Resigns

Coolidge, one of three failing D.C. high schools that will be run by a private management firm next year, is losing its principal. L. Nelson Burton has told his staff that he will not be back. Burton, principal for the last four years, said his departure has nothing to...

By Bill Turque  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2009

Correction: D.C. Schools Not Richer Than God

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is new to Washington, but he's wasted no time perpetuating the canard that the underachieving District school system is flush with cash. "D.C. has had more money than God for a long time, but the outcomes are still disastrous," Duncan said in a March 4 visit...

By Bill Turque  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/12/2009

Rhee: Union Proposal 'Did Not Propel Us Forward'

When we last checked in with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on the state of contract negotiations about a month ago, she offered her first hopeful words in some time about the prospects for an agreement with the Washington Teachers Union (WTU). "I think where we are is in a...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 03/12/2009

Barry and Rhee Bond, Sort Of

Marion Barry, Chancellor Michelle Rhee's most vocal antagonist on the D.C. Council, has tempered his tone when it comes to the schools leader. Barry used to criticize Rhee for her spotty attendance and incomplete answers at past hearings. Maybe it's his new surgically acquired kidney, or more likely that...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  08:58 AM ET, 03/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/12/2009

What Happened to City Lights Kids When Lights Went Out?

The financial collapse of City Lights Public Charter School last month left 48 D.C. high school students, many of them with serious emotional and learning disabilities, without a seat in a classroom. The District, which operates under a federal court consent decree stemming from its historic inability to serve...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/12/2009

Schools Get Boost With Spending Bill

D.C. schools are among the beneficiaries of the spending bill President Obama signed yesterday. Read Mary Beth Sheridan's report here....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/06/2009

More Snow, Fewer Students

School attendance figures from Monday's storm-delayed opening indicate that D.C. students and parents voted with their feet -- electing not to stick them in the snow and ice, despite President Obama's suggestion, seconded by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, that District residents need to toughen up when it comes to winter...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/05/2009

Duncan Touts Weingarten and Rhee

Education Secretary Arne Duncan showed the love to the strong-willed leaders on both sides in D.C's teacher contract dispute yesterday. During a visit with Post editors and reporters, he praised AFT President Randi Weingarten for her recent op-ed endorsement of national standards, which he endorses. He also touted D.C. School...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/03/2009

Snow Attendance in Deep Freeze at Some D.C. Schools

While D.C. school officials said attendance figures from yesterday's snowy late-start would not be available for a week or so, fragmentary numbers suggest that students and teachers stayed home in significant numbers. At Cardozo High School, 52 students out of 370 showed up, according to teacher Crystal Sylvia. "There really...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 02/26/2009

Driving the Chancellor

The human resources section of the DCPS website is filled with job openings, not unusual for a school system with an overwhelming level of need. Postings include a psychologist for the Head Start program, project coordinator for the Special Education "critical response team," and a "mentor teacher" to help novice...

By Bill Turque  |  06:45 AM ET, 02/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 02/25/2009

Students Get Great Seats for Obama Speech

Several District students listened to President Barack Obama's first address to Congress sitting in the presidential box with First Lady Michelle Obama. Elissa Silverman and Martin Weil report....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:10 AM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/24/2009

Fenty Reiterates Pledge: My Kids Will Go to DCPS

Mayor Fenty, sporting a deep tan from his week-long jaunt to Dubai, got back out in the local community last night, dropping by a meeting of the Deanwood Civic Association to run down the status of his various initiatives. He talked about the effort to clean up abandoned building, construct...

By David A Nakamura  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 02/18/2009

Teachers' Union to air Radio Ads on Contract Talks

The Washington Teachers Union says it is taking to the airwaves this week to promote what it calls the "bold and progressive" proposed contract it submitted earlier this month to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. The radio spots will be accompanied by a new website. "We know we...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:19 PM ET, 02/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 02/11/2009

Rhee, Weingarten and Parker Agree... That Board Certified Teachers Are Good

The three principal players in the D.C. teachers' contract talks--Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and Washington Teachers Union president George Parker-- displayed a rare united front yesterday evening to pay tribute the 20 DCPS instructors who recently won certification from the prestigious National Board...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:22 PM ET, 02/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 02/10/2009

Barry Supports Ward 8 School Closings

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has no greater antagonist on the City Council than Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). He has regularly denounced Rhee for not showing the Council what he regards as sufficient deference and respect. But the chancellor's proposed closure of two elementary schools in Ward 8 has them sharing...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:06 AM ET, 02/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/09/2009

Rhee: In Her Own Words

This morning School Chancellor Michelle Rhee writes on the op-ed page of The Washington Post to "set the record straight," she says. To read "The Toughest Job," click here....

By Marcia Davis  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 02/06/2009

Proposal Calls for Three More School Closings

DCPS has announced a proposal to close three more elementary schools: Webb, Birney and Draper. These are schools that were serving as "receiving" schools that took on kids from schools being modernized. There will be community meetings to discuss the idea next month. Bill Turque...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:44 PM ET, 02/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/05/2009

Promises for Eastern High School Draw Skepticism From Some in the Community

D.C. officials unveiled their proposal last night to convert Eastern High School into specialized "academies" focused on health sciences and pre-law. But the reaction from parents, staff and alumni, hardened by years of abortive reform efforts, ranged from noncommittal to hostile. The District is gradually phasing out the current incarnation...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 02/05/2009

Setting Out-of-Boundaries

Correction: The Wire strayed out of bounds in analyzing recent changes in the D.C. schools out-of-boundary transfer policy. It appeared from a reading of the old policy and the amended version that Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee had replaced principals as the final authority for such transfers. In fact, Rhee has...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:32 AM ET, 02/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 02/03/2009

WTU Delivers Contract Proposal

The Washington Teachers' Union president George Parker said he has delivered a contract proposal to DCPS. In a summary posted last night on the WTU website, Parker outlined the proposal in only general terms, saying that the proposal draws ideas from what he calls "successful, collaborative contracts" in New York,...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:22 PM ET, 02/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/02/2009

Out-of-Boundary Enrollment Begins

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has made some changes in the annual out-of boundary enrollment process that began last week. The application deadline has been extended from Feb. 28 to March 13, and parents who want to send their children some place other than their neighborhood school can now apply to...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 02/02/2009

Rhee and Weingarten in High-Stakes Education Battle

In case you missed it: Washington Post reporter Bill Turque wrote Sunday about the high-stakes point for teachers unions and District school reform. Two powerful education leaders, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and labor leader Randi Weingarten, are already at odds. What will happen when Weingarten introduces her alternative to Rhee's...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:03 AM ET, 02/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2009

No Read From Rhee, Yet

Is Michelle Rhee: The Newsmagazine Cover going to spawn Michelle Rhee: The Book? At least one top-drawer New York publisher thinks it's a good idea. Mitzi Angel, who heads Farrar Straus and Giroux's Faber and Faber imprint, apparently reached out to Rhee shortly after the chancellor's broom-wielding photo appeared on...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/29/2009

Rhee Passes on Bonus

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who hands out cash bonuses to teachers in schools that show big jumps in test scores, was eligible for a bonus of her own last year. Rhee's contract with the District calls for a performance bonus of up to 10 percent of her $275,000 base salary....

By Marcia Davis  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:26 AM ET, 01/27/2009

Bobb Jumps Into Detroit School Mess

As former president of the now-defunct D.C. Board of Education--and its reincarnated version, the D.C. State Board of Education--Robert Bobb has first-hand knowledge of life inside a struggling urban school district. Rather than move on, Bobb has elected to go back, accepting an appointment from Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm Monday...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:26 AM ET, 01/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 12/31/2008

Schools Ombudsman Moves On

Tonya Vidal Kinlow, the first-ever DCPS ombudsman, has left her post after a little more than a year on the job. In a voice message on her office phone, Kinlow said her resignation was effective on Dec. 22 and she expressed thanks for the support she received. Kinlow could not...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:18 PM ET, 12/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 12/18/2008

Bobb After Final Board of Ed Meeting: 'I'll Be Back'

On the last night of his tenure as the first president of the D.C. State Board of Education, Robert C. Bobb passed the baton to his fellow board members and wished them well. "I couldn't think of a better night to end," said Bobb, who was elected president of the...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/08/2008

Newspaper Notes Rhee's Frequent Trips to Sacramento, Ties to Kevin Johnson

In November, the D.C. Wire reported that School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee was a member of the transition team for newly elected Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. Over the weekend, the Sacramento Bee published a story about Rhee's frequent trips to Sacramento....

By Marcia Davis  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/08/2008

Broomsticks and Baseball Bats

Rhee on the cover of Time magazine. (Courtesy Time.) Michelle Rhee's broomstick-wielding presence on the cover of last week's Time begs the question about her national image versus her local one, an issue examined in a Washington Post story today. The Time cover also got D.C. Wire curious about...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:56 AM ET, 12/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 12/05/2008

Weingarten Caucuses With WTU

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten met last night with the executive board of the Washington Teachers Union to discuss the next move in WTU's stalled talks with the District on a new contract. No one is talking for the record, but the meeting, first reported on The Washington...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:27 PM ET, 12/05/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/05/2008

Michelle and Michelle Talked Schools

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee gave up a few new details today on the Obamas' search for a school for daughters Sasha and Malia. Pressed by WTOP's Mark Plotkin and Mark Seagraves, Rhee said she received a call from Michelle Obama and "gave a lot of information about a number of...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/05/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2008

Michelle Rhee's 'Hard Decision' to Vote for Obama

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee almost voted for Sen. John McCain in November but switched her vote to Sen. Barack Obama at the desperate urging of one of her best friends, she told Time for a profile appearing on the magazine's website today. Rhee, who highlighted her reformer image by...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2008

Obamas Choose Sidwell for Their Girls, No DCPS

The Obamas have chosen Sidwell Friends as the school for their young daughters, Sasha and Malia. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee have wished them well as the First-Family-in-Waiting continues its transition to the White House. Michelle Obama's spokesperson said that security was a major factor in...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 11/21/2008

Rhee Talks About School Violence to D.C. Council

The D.C. Council got a chance to hear from Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee yesterday, one day after another incident of school violence. As Bill Turque reports, Rhee told the Council there needs to be a new approach to dealing with school violence, including a stronger security force and helping students...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:15 AM ET, 11/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 11/19/2008

Rhee: More Principals Facing the Ax

About a third of D.C.'s school principal corps has turned over on Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's 17-month watch, through firings, resignations and retirements. She's replaced at least three since the beginning of the school year, and has put out the word that she is not done. Her draft "action plan,"...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:37 PM ET, 11/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/17/2008

American Federation of Teachers President Reaches Out to Rhee in Contract Talks

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said today she has asked for a meeting with D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in an effort to reach agreement on a contract between the District and the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU). "I've reached out to the chancellor," said Weingarten, who heads...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 11/14/2008

Taking a Pass on Impasse?

Did Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee pull their punches against the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) last month when they rolled out Plan B? Plan B, so named by Rhee, is designed to accomplish administratively what she has found impossible to achieve so far at...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:50 AM ET, 11/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/13/2008

Capital Gains Takes a Loss a Hart Middle School

Among the many things that appear to have gone wrong at Hart Middle School this fall is DCPS's "Capital Gains" program, designed to pay 6th, 7th, and 8th-graders up to $100 every two weeks for good grades, attendance and behavior. Hart is one of 15 District schools in the demonstration...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2008

Why Did 'D.C. Teacher Chic' Check Out?

Heather Migdon said she was "100 percent sure" that when she told Nalle Elementary principal Kim Burke last week that she was quitting Burke would talk her back from the ledge, ask her to reconsider. Migdon, 28, was completely discouraged less than three months into the school year. A ring...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 11/11/2008

Rhee's Transition

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is a key figure in the transition--but not the one taking place here. Rhee appeared at a news conference in Sacramento Monday as part of the transition team of Mayor-elect Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who will take office Nov. 25, replacing two-term...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  12:00 AM ET, 11/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/10/2008

D.C. Voice to Media: How About Some Good News on DCPS?

Are you tired of hearing how bad D.C. Public Schools are? Do you want to read some good news about the 45,000-student system? Well, then, does D.C. Voice have a petition for you! D.C. Voice, a nonprofit advocate group for public education run by former D.C. Board of Education member...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/06/2008

A Third Way: Other Voices on School Reform

A new group has organized around the proposition that fixing D.C.'s schools will require nurturing and developing teachers -- not just threatening them with dismissal for failing to raise student test scores. Teachers and Parents for Real Education Reform, which gathered at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church last night, was co-founded...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 11/01/2008

WTU Board Turns Up Heat on Parker

Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) president George Parker was censured by his executive board this week, the latest reflection of unhappiness with his leadership in the contentious contract talks with the D.C. school system. Union sources said a resolution, passed by a 9-4 vote Thursday night, accused Parker of failing to...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:29 AM ET, 11/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/28/2008

School Advocates Push for Fuller Budget Disclosure

D.C. public school activists who believe that transparency and public participation have been casualties of the Michelle Rhee era had their say at the D.C. Council this morning. The occasion was a hearing on the "Public Schools Hearing Amendment Act of 2008," introduced by Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D)....

By Marcia Davis  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/28/2008

Weingarten to Rhee: AFT Involvement No Secret

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten says there's been nothing hush-hush about her organization's role in helping the Washington Teachers Union (WTU) in its contract negotiations. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said Friday that the AFT has been "disingenuous" in claiming no involvement, even though it has detailed...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/15/2008

Shepherd Parents Meet to Consider Next Move

Parents at Shepherd Elementary, upset by the abrupt dismissal Friday of principal Galeet BenZion, will meet this evening to formulate a response to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. Leaders of the school's PTA will ask parents to vote on a series of resolutions that would roll back the firing and essentially...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/11/2008

Rhee Swings the Ax

Less than two months into the new school year, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has fired her first principal. In an e-mail to parents at Shepherd Elementary School Friday afternoon, she announced the dismissal of Galeet BenZion, hired by the chancellor in July. As is customary with personnel matters, Rhee did...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 09/30/2008

No Vacancies at Wilson

Monday was not a good day for Woodrow Wilson High School principal Peter Cahall, who said he got calls from 30 job applicants and parents "banging down my door" about five teaching vacancies that he doesn't have. The Post reported yesterday that five openings at Wilson were among more than...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:07 PM ET, 09/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 09/24/2008

Disorganized Labor

D.C. teachers didn't bring their indoor voices to last night's three-hour union meeting at McKinley Technology High School. A number of participants said the session, called to discuss Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's two-tier salary proposal, was plagued by shouting matches, interruptions and long, irrelevant speeches. As the meeting grinded on,...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:21 PM ET, 09/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/24/2008

Union Chief: Teachers Don't Trust Rhee

Staff writer Bill Turque reports today on the level of distrust between teachers and Michelle Rhee: Senior D.C. teachers' fear and mistrust of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's intentions are a major obstacle to approval of her potentially lucrative salary proposal, Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker said last night after...

By David A Nakamura  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2008

School Facilities Plan Gets Airing

D.C. residents who want to learn more about the plan for renovating and rebuilding public schools can attend two meetings this week. The first is 6 p.m. tonight at Francis-Stevens Education Education Campus, 2425 N Street N.W. The second will be 6 p.m. tomorrow at Fletcher-Johnson School, 4650 Benning Rd....

By Marcia Davis  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 09/17/2008

D.C. Sets First Middle School "Payday" For Oct. 17

District middle schoolers eligible to earn cash for good grades and behavior will need to show up with their A-game starting Monday, September 29. That's the start date announced by officials for the new "Capital Gains" experiment that will launch at 14 D.C. schools that serve middle school kids. At...

By David A Nakamura  |  03:08 PM ET, 09/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/16/2008

Rhee: Who Needs Consensus?

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who didn't fuss when a PBS interviewer asked if she was a "benevolent dictator," made clear again Monday that she was more than comfortable with the her-way-or the-Beltway approach. "I think if there is one thing I have learned over the last 15 months...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2008

Top Special Ed Official Goes on Leave

The D.C. school system's deputy chancellor for special education, Dr. Phyllis Harris, is on leave, effective yesterday. Dena Iverson, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, said last night that she could not elaborate on the nature of the leave and when--or if--Harris is scheduled to return. The Washington Teacher, a...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:58 AM ET, 09/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/10/2008

Who Muzzled Gist? Looks Like Gist

It's not easy being a state superintendent of education without a state. Deborah Gist occupies that peculiar and frequently awkward spot in District government. She carries little of the authority of peers in actual states, such as Nancy Grasmick of Maryland. Under the law that gives Mayor Adrian M. Fenty...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 09/04/2008

Rhee: Republicans Do Education Reform Better

She's said it before, but Michelle Rhee keeps hammering away at the Democratic Party for being weak on education accountability and reform. Last night, Rhee appeared before the Ward 4 Democrats at Emery Recreation Center and explained that she appeared on an education panel discussion in Denver during the Democratic...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:00 PM ET, 09/04/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 08/27/2008

Robert Bobb Not Running for School Board

D.C. State School Board President Robert Bobb won't be running for another term. The deadline to file for candidacy was at 5 p.m. today, and he didn't bring in any nominating petitions - nor, for that matter, did he ever pick them up. Bobb has not returned repeated calls for...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:32 PM ET, 08/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 08/22/2008

Teacher "Welcome Back" Rally a Little Hot and Cold

This morning's "Welcome Back" rally at the Washington Convention Center for 5,000 returning D.C teachers started with cheers, cash prizes for schools that pulled off big gains in test scores, and inspirational words to launch the fall term that begins Monday. But warm-and-fuzzy quickly gave way to bread-and-butter as Chancellor...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:27 PM ET, 08/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/21/2008

Today's D.C. Extra: All Schools Edition

In case you missed today's D.C. Extra section, you can read up on: Chancellor Michelle Rhee's national standing, but local challenges; The politics surrounding Mayor Fenty's second year in charge; Why soaring enrollment in charter schools doesn't necessarily mean better test scores; The struggles of the D.C. school board; And...

By David A Nakamura  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/21/2008

Fired Wilson Teacher Hits "Brick Wall"

The cause of Art Siebens, the popular A.P. biology teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School who was fired this summer, has hit what appears to be a dead end and will most likely end up in the courts. School officials have steadfastly refused to explain the dismissal, citing the bureaucrat's...

By David A Nakamura  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/19/2008

Absent? Charter Officials Will Now Know Sooner, Rather Than Later

The tragic case of Banita Jacks and her four daughters has faded from the spotlight. But in January when Jacks was discovered at home with the badly decomposing bodies of her children ---she has been charged with their deaths--- city officials couldn't explain why the sisters had been absent for...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 08/19/2008

Teacher Poll: Tenure Trumps Big Money

By an almost 3-to-1 margin, D.C. teachers want their union to stay at the bargaining table rather than bring Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's two-tier salary plan to the membership for a vote as part of a new contract. That's the bottom line of a new poll commissioned by the American...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:29 AM ET, 08/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/18/2008

No, Thank YOU...

Most government agencies will cough up only what they absolutely have to when answering requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The Post recently asked D.C. schools for e-mails and other documents on absenteeism and truancy. Here's a sample of what came back: From: Poles, Raymond (SAIC) Sent: Friday, June...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/18/2008

Rhee: Not Going to Take a Council "Beating"

If D.C. Council members wonder why Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has not been the most communicative or accessible of city officials, they might want to take a look at the September issue of Fast Company magazine. She doesn't seem to like the way they do business. In his profile...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:28 AM ET, 08/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 08/08/2008

Is Teacher Poll A "Push?"

Some D.C. public school teachers say that questions they got this week in a telephone survey sounded as if they were designed to encourage opposition to D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's big money-for-tenure proposal. But the American Federation of Teachers, which hired Peter D. Hart Research Associates, said it was...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:33 PM ET, 08/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 08/06/2008

School Daze

Structural imbalances in the roof at Ballou High, no stage at Anacostia High and bathroom and electrical repairs halted at Eastern High. These are some of the problems that could result if the D.C. Council blocks $8.9 million in reprogrammed funds needed to repair the city's schools, according to a...

By David A Nakamura  |  04:06 PM ET, 08/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 07/29/2008

Denver's Teacher-Pay Experiment Struggling

As D.C. teachers debate a proposal by Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee for big pay increases tied to improved student achievement, one of the nation's most ambitious experiments with teacher pay-for-performance may be floundering. The new edition of Education Week reports that Denver's teachers union and school officials are digging...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:51 AM ET, 07/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 07/29/2008

Rhee Wants to Hear From You

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who has taken some heat from critics for not listening as closely as she might to the public, is starting a monthly series of meetings on aspects of education in the District. The "Chancellor's Community Forum Series" will launch 5 p.m. Wednesday evening at...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:44 AM ET, 07/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 07/25/2008

Rhee Tells 'NewsHour' Union Deal Almost Done

Washington Teachers Union President George Parker took pains this week to tell his members that no tentative agreement has been reached on a new labor contract with the D.C. schools system. He said that the big-pay-for-seniority proposal pitched by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee--which would require current teachers to spend a...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:38 AM ET, 07/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 07/21/2008

Teacher Union Infighting Intensifies

The civil war inside the leadership of the Washington Teachers Union continues to rage. WTU general vice president Nathan A. Saunders told the D.C. Wire today to "expect civil disobedience" at this evening's union executive board meeting when it takes up president George Parker's plan for membership to hear from...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:38 PM ET, 07/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/17/2008

Charter School Test Scores Also Up

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee publicized the DC Public Schools standardized test scores last week, but parents, students and teachers for the one-third of DC students who go to public charter schools got no information. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) published scores...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 07/17/2008

Fenty and Rhee on Hill Today

UPDATED: Read Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's testimony from this morning. Click here for Fenty's remarks, and here for Rhee's. ---------------------------------- Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee take their education show-and-tell to the Hill this morning. The two will testify about their partnership...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:38 AM ET, 07/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 07/10/2008

Charting the D.C. School Test Scores

The rise in test scores for elementary and high schools has rightly been big news this week. Click here to compare your school's 2007 and 2008 performance....

By Marcia Davis  |  05:43 PM ET, 07/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/09/2008

Fenty: D.C. Schools Test Scores Up

Could Mayor Adrian Fenty's school takeover be working faster than anyone could have imagined, or did former School Superintendent Clifford Janey's reforms finally take hold--a year after Fenty fired him? That's the question today after Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that test scores for public school students rose...

By David A Nakamura  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 07/09/2008

A Rise in School Test Scores

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Michelle Rhee are set to announce that test scores are on the rise, with elementary and high school students improving in reading and math. Just how high much those numbers have jumped will have to wait until Fenty and Rhee offer details at 9 a.m....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:14 AM ET, 07/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/02/2008

School Computer System On Sabbatical

In the midst of its busiest summer in memory, DCPS is shutting down its main computer system for three weeks, starting tomorrow. Erin McGoldrick, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's data chief, said the system, called D.C. Stars, is routinely taken off line in the summer for maintenance and upgrades. Last year,...

By Bill Turque  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/01/2008

School Letter-Writing Campaign to Council

School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and Allen Y. Lew, head of the school modernization efforts, teamed up late yesterday in a letter-writing campaign to the District Council. They want to make absolutely sure that the council is absolutely clear that if it doesn't pass the $83 million in building repair...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2008

Fenty Seeks Tenants for Closed Schools

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the city is seeking applications from charter schools and agencies interested in leasing eight school buildings that are closed. Earlier this year, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee decided to close 23 under-enrolled schools, mostly this summer. The move was in response to a...

By Dion Haynes  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/25/2008

Barry, Others Call for EPA Tests

Surrounded by TV crews and other media, Council Member Marion Barry and a few concerned activists, stood outside Anacostia High School this morning and called for EPA testing of school athletic fields. The group said it's concerned that the toxic silica sand has been used in the renovations of six...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 06/25/2008

Barry, Activists Calling for EPA Testing on School Fields

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is holding a news conference this morning alongside community activists, parents and educators outside Anacostia High School to demand the EPA do immediate testing on all public school and recreation fields for toxins associated with silica sand. Activists say the fields refurbished by the...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 06/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/24/2008

New Principal for Oyster-Adams

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, caught up in a nasty dispute last month over D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee's firing of principal Marta Guzman, has a new leader. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the Woodley Park school, has chosen someone with close ties to her top staff. Monica Liang Aguirre is a distinguished...

By Bill Turque  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 06/20/2008

School Reuse Plan Released

The Fenty administration just released its long-awaited school reuse plans for seven of the D.C. public schools that will be closed this summer. Read the full press release after the jump and look for a story in Saturday's Post with more reaction and analysis....

By David A Nakamura  |  05:32 PM ET, 06/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/18/2008

Rhee Fires 22 Assistant Principals

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee fired 22 assistant principals this week, her second round of school administrative terminations that came about a month after her dismissal of 24 principals. Rhee, who previously said some of the principals were terminated because she differed on the direction they were taking the...

By Dion Haynes  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/16/2008

Rhee Says She's No Drive-By Chancellor

D.C.'s public schools have burned through--and out--leaders with dreary regularity. Six came and went in the 10 years preceding Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's arrival last June. Some DCPS-watchers expect Rhee to follow the same course, perhaps trading up for something in the next presidential administration or the private sector. But...

By Bill Turque  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 AM ET, 06/13/2008

Students Keep It Real at Gist Forum

A forum on the achievement gap, organized by State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist at Bell Multicultural High School last night, marched earnestly through all the familiar research that surrounds the issue of African American and Latino 17-year-olds who read and do math, on average, at the level of...

By Marcia Davis  |  06:53 AM ET, 06/13/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 06/12/2008

Fenty, Rhee Mark Year 1 of School Reform

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and education officials marked the first anniversary of his takeover of the city's beleaguered public schools today by listing a series of improvements, mainly in business functions and school facilities, and outlined their goal of improving student achievement in Year 2. School system officials acknowledge...

By Dion Haynes  |  06:03 PM ET, 06/12/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 06/09/2008

Report: Janey to be Offered Supt. Job in Newark

A year after he lost his job as D.C. school superintendent when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty won control of the system, Clifford B. Janey apparently is getting closer to becoming school chief in Newark. According to the Star-Ledger, Janey will be offered the job. Valerie Merritt, spokeswoman for the Newark...

By Dion Haynes  |  01:33 PM ET, 06/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/06/2008

More About DCPS' "Emergency Request"

DCPS had more to say today about this week's emergency request to the State Board of Education. School officials, eager to get a handle on fall enrollment, wanted to get an earlier start on verifying where families live--the basis for their eligibility to send children to D.C. schools. They asked...

By Bill Turque  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 06/06/2008

Enrollment First, Legal Requirements Later

D.C. school officials are facing a sea of uncertainties this summer. With dozens of schools closing, consolidating or facing federally mandated overhaul, figuring out just how many students will show up for the fall term has been a murkier-than-usual-exercise. So D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee thought it would be a...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:29 AM ET, 06/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 05/30/2008

Principals Union Protests Firings

Officials at the D.C. principals union are protesting Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's recent decision to let go about two dozen principals. The union is planning to ask the D.C. Council to investigate whether the firings were fair, said Aona Jefferson, executive vice president of the Council of School Officers....

By Dion Haynes  |  05:00 PM ET, 05/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 05/29/2008

Rhee to Teachers: Have a Happy Summer

In recent months, D.C. Wire has heard from countless D.C. teachers who have felt unappreciated by Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. They have cited Rhee's buyout program -- her attempt to get rid of up to 700 teachers at about 50 schools slated for closure or reorganization -- as well as...

By Dion Haynes  |  05:12 PM ET, 05/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 05/28/2008

Another DC Principal Is Out: Ross Elementary

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee continues to shake up the ranks of DCPS principals. Ross Elementary Principal Sandra Gonzalez told parents in an e-mail yesterday that she has been replaced by Amanda Alexander, currently the principal at Bunker Hill Elementary. Earlier this month school officials announced the firing of 24...

By Bill Turque  |  04:50 PM ET, 05/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 05/23/2008

Council Chides Reinoso for Delay in School Study

D.C. Council members at a hearing today criticized Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso for a seven-month delay in naming independent researchers to conduct a required long-term evaluation of the school system's new governance. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration, under the legislation that put him in charge of the schools,...

By Dion Haynes  |  01:58 PM ET, 05/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 05/20/2008

Teachers Sign Off on Firing of Oyster Principal

Teachers at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School have weighed in on Chancellor Michelle A Rhee's firing of principal Marta Guzman. And the thrust of their message is: No problem. A statement sent to the parents' listserve a few days ago from the Oyster-Adams' "School Chapter Advisory Committee" (SCAC), an elected body...

By Marcia Davis  |  06:58 PM ET, 05/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/20/2008

Report: Janey in Talks With Newark School System

There's a market for former D.C. school superintendents and senior-level staffers. Former superintendent Clifford B. Janey, who was fired by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty nearly a year ago when the mayor took over the schools, is apparently a leading candidate to head the Newark, N.J., school system. According to this...

By Dion Haynes  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/19/2008

Rhee Meeting With Angry Oyster Parents

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee upset some parents at Oyster-Adams Elementary School when she recently fired its principal, Marta Guzman. Rhee will meet with parents at Oyster, 2801 Calvert St. NW, at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the matter. The chancellor's two daughters, as well as the son of deputy mayor...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 05/15/2008

Rhee Details Restructuring Plans for 26 Schools

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee today announced her plans to overhaul 26 schools that have failed to meet academic targets for five straight years. Rhee said she is seeking dramatic changes in the schools to improve student achievement. Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Rhee had five...

By Dion Haynes  |  01:25 PM ET, 05/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 05/14/2008

School Advocates Win Council Support on Hearings

Education advocates scored a big win yesterday over Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee when the District Council voted to reject the administration's proposal to strike the legal requirements for public hearings on the school budget. The mayor had proposed to kill the law in the...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:13 AM ET, 05/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 05/09/2008

A Question of Principals?

Post reporter Bill Turque gets inside the story of School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's firing of Oyster-Adams Principal Marta Guzman. The school just happens to be the place where Rhee's children attend, as well as the son of Victor Reinoso, the deputy mayor for education....

By Marcia Davis  |  08:49 AM ET, 05/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 05/07/2008

U.S. Teachers Weigh in on Pay and Reform

D.C. Wire and The Post have written extensively about the challenges facing teachers through school closures and restructuring as well as turmoil in the Washington Teachers' Union. It turns out the issues are not unique to D.C., according to a national study released today. Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank...

By Dion Haynes  |  02:41 PM ET, 05/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 AM ET, 05/06/2008

Going, Going, Not Quite...

Some of the underperforming principals targeted for removal by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee may not actually leave the D.C. school system. An unspecified number may have what are known as "retreat rights," meaning they can return to the jobs they held before becoming principals. Most were either assistant principals or...

By Bill Turque  |  06:53 AM ET, 05/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 05/05/2008

Breaking News: Rhee Firing Principals

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, continuing a series of aggressive personnel moves, has started notifying principals--possibly as many as 30--that they will not be reappointed for the 2008-2009 academic year, school officials said today....

By Marcia Davis  |  05:40 PM ET, 05/05/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 05/02/2008

First School, Then Baseball

From Chancellor Michelle Rhee's communications team: MEDIA ADVISORY Rhee Celebrates the Close of Saturday Scholars with Students at a Washington Nationals Game WHAT: Chancellor Rhee will officially close the inaugural Saturday Scholars program by celebrating with students who achieved perfect attendance throughout the14-week program. Saturday Scholars was an academic initiative...

By David A Nakamura  |  06:21 PM ET, 05/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 05/01/2008

McCain Gets Rhee's Vote on "No Child Left Behind"

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee calls herself a "card-carrying Democrat," but said Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is her guy when it comes to his support for the federal "No Child Left Behind" law. Rhee, speaking this evening in Chinatown to the Korean American Coalition D.C. Chapter, accused Democratic...

By Bill Turque  |  09:22 PM ET, 05/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/30/2008

Rhee Blasts Gray's School Budget Cuts

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says the $18.1 million cut in the DCPS budget proposed by Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray would not only threaten plans to bring music, art and PE teachers to every public school in the district, it would give public charter schools an edge in...

By Bill Turque  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/29/2008

Rhee's Proposed School Contractor Under Federal Probe

School activists are buzzing about allegations surrounding the head of St. HOPE Public Schools, one of six nonprofit education organizations that Chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering hiring to overhaul some of the 10 D.C. high schools in restructuring. Circulating through listserves are articles from the Sacramento Bee alleging that St....

By Dion Haynes  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 04/29/2008

Deputy Mayor's Budget Sliced

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray hasn't made a secret of his skepticism of the office of Deputy Mayor for Education Victor A. Reinoso. At a budget hearing a couple weeks ago, Gray repeatedly suggested that the office was redundant and perhaps unnecessary. Today, during a Committee of the Whole...

By David A Nakamura  |  11:38 AM ET, 04/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/28/2008

Labor's Diss-Union III

The saga continues. Turmoil in the Washington Teachers' Union is escalating, with the vice president suing the president of the organization over free-speech issues. Nathan Saunders, the union's general vice president, filed suit against President George Parker in U.S. District Court on Friday. The dispute, as D.C. Wire reported last...

By Dion Haynes  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/25/2008

Rhee on the Road in Chi-town

Chicago---Basking in the glow of a national spotlight, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee rattled off to a crowd of about 200 education reporters her accomplishments during her first year on the job: firing 100 central office staffers, finalizing plans to close 23 schools and preparing initiatives to overhaul 27 schools...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 04/25/2008

A Clearer Picture of District Students

More than 200 of the District's 234 public and charter schools are over 90 percent African American or Hispanic, while seven are majority white, according to a new study of racial patterns in school enrollment....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:59 AM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/25/2008

More Vouchers for D.C. Students?

President George W. Bush said yesterday that he will work to expand a federally funded school voucher program for D.C. students. He made the remarks at a one-day White House summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools. Since 1994, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program has provided 2,600 low-income District children...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/25/2008

It Pays to Be Good

D.C. Wire reported yesterday that a number of schools were in line to win mega bucks from the nonprofit Fight for Children at its School Night event. Last night's three big winners took home $100,000 each: DCPS's Strong John Thomson Elementary School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, and San Miguel...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 04/24/2008

A Night for Seeing Stars

The phrase Fight Night connotes excitement around an impending boxing match. So what does the term School Night mean?...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  08:20 AM ET, 04/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2008

Wilson Students: Hurrying Up and Waiting

Efforts to improve security at Woodrow Wilson High School have resulted mainly in long lines to enter the building in the morning, students tell the D.C. Wire. After 13 students were arrested in two fights last month, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee confined all students to their classrooms for...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/23/2008

WTU President: Don't Blame Teachers for Bad Schools

District teachers say several recent events have made them feel uneasy about the future. As D.C. Wire has reported, the Washington Teachers' Union president and general vice president are embroiled in a philosophical battle about the direction of the organization and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is offering a buyout to...

By Dion Haynes  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/23/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 04/21/2008

D.C. Schools Rally Students for High-Stakes Testing

District students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 this week will be taking the high-stakes D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System, or D.C. CAS. Results of the test, required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, will determine whether the 140 schools across the city are deemed to have made...

By Dion Haynes  |  02:28 PM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/17/2008

In D.C. Schools, It's All About the Name

Parents, teachers and students this evening will get the chance to comment on Chancellor Michelle Rhee's proposal to hire up to six nonprofit education organizations that would help manage 10 academically troubled D.C. high schools. As with several of Rhee's other initiatives, semantics are everything. Formally, the proposal is called...

By Dion Haynes  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2008

The Chancellor Rhee Ties That Do or Don't Bind?

We told you once, then twice, about DC resident Kristin Ehrgood, and the group she helped put together, DC School Reform Now. A reminder: they are citizens and parents circulating a petition in support of the education reform plans of Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee. Then D.C. Wire heard an...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 04/15/2008

Teacher Quality Is the Question After Buyout

Teachers have been in the news a lot lately, with Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and some leaders of the Washington Teachers' Union at odds over her buyout offer aimed at luring hundreds of educators out of the school system. In coming months, the debate over the buyout will shift...

By Dion Haynes  |  01:55 PM ET, 04/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/11/2008

Labor's Diss-Union 2

A few weeks ago, D.C. Wire reported about the bad blood between Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker and General Vice President Nathan Saunders. Saunders thinks Parker is too cozy with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Parker thinks Saunders represents the old-school union model that favored confrontation over cooperation. The...

By Dion Haynes  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 04/11/2008

Are You a Teacher Ready to Hit the Road?

Are you a teacher ready to take Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's offer of a buyout? The Post's Dion Haynes writes this morning that as many as 700 teachers nearing retirement are considering the offer, which ranges from $1,000--$1,000?--to up to $20,000. D.C. Wire wants to hear from you. Tell us...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:25 AM ET, 04/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/10/2008

Fenty, Rhee Today to Detail Teacher Buy Outs

Mayor Adrian Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee at 3 are scheduled to announce details of an early-out program for veteran teachers. As The Post reported first on March 27, the program is expected to spur a huge exodus of veteran educators who are fed up with declining working conditions...

By Dion Haynes  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/08/2008

Report: Most Schools Ready Day 1 for Disabled Students

A report released today by the school advocacy group D.C. VOICE has some good and bad news about special education: Eighty-four percent of principals in a survey said their schools were fully staffed and equipped to serve special education students on the first day of the school year. But those...

By Dion Haynes  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 04/08/2008

More on School Reform....At the D.C. Council Today

Beth Schmierer and Kristin Ehrgood, District residents who started an online petition that DC Wire told you about yesterday, are slated to testify before the D.C. Council this morning at the budget hearing for the school system....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  07:28 AM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education, Education, Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/08/2008

Special Ed Mess Far From Solved

It's no secret that special education is a major financial and legal morass in the District. The school advocacy group D.C. VOICE and a report coming out of a federal court hearing offer some insight into the ongoing challenges in special education. This morning at the John A. Wilson building,...

By Dion Haynes  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/07/2008

Residents for School Reform

DC residents Beth Schmierer and Kristin Ehrgood felt like every time they turned on the news, all the commentary about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's efforts to improve the school system were negative. Rather than just gripe to friends, they decided to do something about...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 04/04/2008

9 D.C. Students Win GW Scholarships

Taylor Moore, 18, had an inkling something was up this morning when her mother asked her to wear dress slacks to Benjamin Banneker High School instead of her usual jeans. Her suspicions were confirmed later when she saw her parents trying to sneak undetected into the auditorium of the Northwest...

By Dion Haynes  |  05:05 PM ET, 04/04/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/03/2008

'Tower of Power' to Come Down

After years of being derided for a range of structural problems including broken escalators and a far from attractive appearance, H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington is slated to be torn down this summer to make way for a new $99 million school. Woodson High School, otherwise known as...

By Dion Haynes  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/03/2008

New High School Baseball Series at Nats Park

During the long and bumpy road that was the debate over the Nationals' publicly financed baseball stadium, critics of the project often asked, "What's in it for the city?" The inaugural invite. (David Nakamura) Well, D.C. Wire just learned about at least one little piece of that puzzle. We got...

By David A Nakamura  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education, Education, Education

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 04/02/2008

Council to Examine Education, Facilities Budgets

Education activists have made lots of noise this budget season about what they consider a lack of transparency in how Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration proposes to spend dollars in the 140 schools next year. Today D.C. Council members likely will address some of the as-yet unanswered questions at two hearings....

By Dion Haynes  |  07:01 AM ET, 04/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/01/2008

Fenty Proposes More Money for Children

The lunch bell at Simon Elementary School rang at 11 this morning as D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was making a presentation to media on city funding for children's programs. "It reminds me of my youth," said Fenty, who was standing in the foyer of the Southeast Washington school during a...

By Dion Haynes  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/01/2008

Wilson Students Push Peace Initiative

Student leaders at Wilson High School in Northwest Washington said they will intensify their campaign to establish their Wilson Peace Initiative to address violence on campus. Angelica Gregory, the student body president, said she and others are working on two fronts: They are trying to get their peers to support...

By Dion Haynes  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/31/2008

Wilson High Students Protest Rhee Policy

About 70 Woodrow Wilson High School students walked out of the building and streamed onto the football field today to protest the loss of their free lunch period, part of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's new security plan aimed at quelling violence at the Northwest Washington campus. Responding to the recent...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/28/2008

Life After D.C. Schools: Brady, Ackerman

During his 2 1/2 years as then-schools superintendent Clifford Janey's chief business operations officer, Thomas M. Brady made no secret of the fact that he wanted to be the man in charge. Brady, who had trained to become a superintendent at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, interviewed for several...

By Dion Haynes  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/27/2008

Making More Plans Against Fenty, Rhee Reforms

Education activists say they may have for now lost their battle to stop Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration from closing 23 schools and to play a larger role in plans to overhaul 27 schools with low-achieving students, but their work is just beginning. There certainly seemed to be evidence of...

By Dion Haynes  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/27/2008

Borbely's 'Good Citizen Principles'

D.C. school activists have a massive task in keeping school system and city leaders accountable to the public on a range of education issues -- from school closings, to restructuring failing schools, to budgets, to fixing dilapidated buildings. Now there's a squabble over how much they should hold each other's...

By Dion Haynes  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 03/27/2008

More on New Security Policy at Wilson

We told you earlier about students from Woodrow Wilson High School who took their concerns over Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new security policies online, organizing a Facebook page to rally student support for an alternate plan. The students from the Northwest school object to Rhee's recently announced plan to have them...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  07:25 AM ET, 03/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/26/2008

A New Schools CFO Steps into the Budget Morass

Ding. Ding. Ding. That's the sounding bell for the next round of school budget battles. D.C. education advocates have scheduled a public meeting on the proposed $773 million 2009 school budget, seeking to air their concerns about what they consider the lack of transparency in the process and to give...

By Dion Haynes  |  12:42 PM ET, 03/26/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/25/2008

More On School Fundraising

We told you yesterday about the new D.C. Public Education Fund, which has been established to raise money from the private sector for Chancellor Michelle Rhee's school reform efforts. Today we caught up with the fund's executive director Sara Lasner, who explained that the fund has applied for 501c3 status...

By David A Nakamura  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education, Education

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/25/2008

Want to See How Much $$ Goes to Your Local School?

The school system's finance office has just released school-by-school budgets for 2008. The list is organized by cluster. You can also see the spending plan for the school system's central office, special education programs and other items....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 03/25/2008

Labor's Diss-Union

Given that some teachers may lose their jobs as schools close and others are reorganized in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's system takeover, it's not unreasonable to think the leaders of the 4,200-member Washington Teachers' Union might be focusing on unity in their current contract talks with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee...

By Dion Haynes  |  07:25 AM ET, 03/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education, Education

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/24/2008

98 Fired, 11 Rehired

Remember those 98 fired DCPS workers? Remember how Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee told the D.C. Council, when she sought its approval to reclassify hundreds of civil service jobs to at-will positions, that they were a financial drain on the city? Remember, according to her, how they were part of a...

By Dion Haynes  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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