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D.C. Schools Insider: April, 2011

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Attorney says ex-DCPS teacher assaulted multiple students

The attorney for Ayanna Blue, the emotionally disabled DCPS student who became pregnant during a sexual relationship with a teacher, says that four other women have come forward to report that they were assaulted by the same instructor, Robert Weismiller, over a 30-plus-year career in multiple school systems.

By Bill Turque  |  12:47 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Report says special ed school’s attendance figures didn’t add up

District officials say that Rock Creek Academy, the private special-education school that it is moving to close, submitted inaccurate attendance numbers to the city.

By Bill Turque  |  06:56 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Special Education

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Why was McKinley investigator fired? Depends on who wants to know

While DCPS told the world that it fired security investigator Eastern Stewart for lying to an interview subject, when it came time to explain directly to him the reasons for his dismissal, there were none.

By Bill Turque  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Charter Board approves four new schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved plans for four schools to open in fall 2012, including one to be operated by an Arizona organization whose Tucson high school is ranked one of the 10 most challenging in the country.

By  |  06:51 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Charter Board approves four new schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved plans for four schools to open in fall 2012, including one to be operated by an Arizona organization whose Tucson high school is ranked one of the 10 most challenging in the country.

By Bill Turque  |  06:34 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Insider on spring break

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:34 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 04/14/2011

At H.D. Woodson High, ‘Thou Shalt Not Snitch’

Woodson’s student newspaper publishes the results of a survey asking under what circumstances students might share information about dangerous activity with a teacher, principal or security guard.

By Bill Turque  |  03:45 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Report: Nonresidents enroll with impunity

Non-resident families who illegally enroll children in D.C. public schools face little or no punishment if caught, according to a report by the deputy mayor for education.

By Bill Turque  |  10:03 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 04/11/2011

DCPS nixes Saunders’ offer of money for job guarantees

The District has rejected a proposal from the president of the Washington Teachers’ Union to forgo a scheduled 5 percent raise in exchange for guarantees of increased job security.

By Bill Turque  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 04/09/2011

New Orleans courted Henderson

Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson confirms that Louisiana officials pressed her last fall to head the district that operates most of New Orleans’ schools.

By Bill Turque  |  01:18 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools Insider

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Ward 8 schools forum morphs into candidates night

The event turned into an unscheduled infomercial for candidates for the April 26 special election to fill the seat of late D.C. State School Board member William Lockridge.

By Bill Turque  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Completed DC CAS tests to remain on school grounds until next week

Some completed tests stay on school premises will for up to nine days before they are picked up on April 14. District officials say they remain secure under lock and key, accessible only to the school principal and a designated testing chairperson.

By Bill Turque  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011

House GOP targets popular D.C. college tuition program

House Republicans are proposing to means-test the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, which helps District families bridge the gap between in-state and out-of-state costs at state schools.

By Bill Turque  |  12:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Nalle students send SOS to Gray, Brown about school’s poor condition; So far, no response

Students at J.C. Nalle Elementary wrote letters to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown about poor conditions in their school several weeks ago. So far, no answer.

By Bill Turque  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/04/2011

District proposes capping private special education expenses

District officials are making a second attempt at controlling the cost of private school tuition for special education students sent to the schools at public expense.

By Bill Turque  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/02/2011

More questions than answers in budget

Mayor Gray’s proposed budget for public schools shows a 12.3 percent increase in local spending, despite warnings that the school system was looking at a $60 million to $70 million shortfall

By Bill Turque  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/02/2011

Henderson: Press trying “to knock us off our game”

Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson tried to rally her staff in advance of the USA Today story on erasures of elevated test scores.

By Bill Turque  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 04/01/2011

McKinley H.S. principal reinstated

David Pinder, who was placed on leave March 23 after allegations of grade-doctoring, was reinstated by Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson because of misconduct by the school system investigator assigned to the case.

By  |  06:20 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/01/2011

McKinley principal reinstated

DCPS announced that the principal of McKinley Technology High School has been reinstated because of misconduct by a school system investigator

By Bill Turque  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Caveon probe ‘minimizes demands’ on DCPS staff

The two contracts DCPS signed with Caveon to investigate DC CAS cheating issues were limited in scope.

By Bill Turque  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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