Most Read: Local

E-mail Bill |  RSS   RSS | In-depth coverage: Education Page | Follow The Post's education coverage: On Twitter Twitter | On Facebook Facebook

D.C. Schools Insider: August, 2011

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Were Rock Creek kids ill-served by DCPS?

Report says students continued to face abuse after OSSE moved to close the special ed school.

By Bill Turque  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Lights back on at all but one school

Thirteen of the 14 D.C. public schools darkened by Hurricane Irene will open on time Tuesday, officials announced. There are also plans to relocate students at Oyster Bilingual to alternate sites if power is not back on by Tuesday morning.

By Bill Turque  |  06:24 PM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Irene-related outages keep 14 D.C. schools closed today

Add Malcolm X Elementary in Ward 8 to the list of D.C. schools closed today because of power outages.

By Bill Turque  |  08:40 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 08/26/2011

D.C. schools batten down for Irene

D.C. school officials are sending sandbags to schools at risk of flooding and making sure wet vacs are in place.

By Bill Turque  |  02:14 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 08/26/2011

D.C. schools batten down for Irene

D.C. school officials are sending sandbags to schools at risk of flooding and making sure wet vacs are in place.

By Bill Turque  |  02:07 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Earthquake: A view from the principal’s office

“We checked all the classrooms and other areas of the building by 2:05 and had no visible damage and no one was hurt. So we stayed inside.”

By Bill Turque  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 08/25/2011

New Woodson a symbol of hope and budget politics

Woodson was in the first group of high schools in line for modernization in the DCPS Facility Master Plan approved by the old Board of Education in early 2001.How did Woodson lose its place in line?

By Bill Turque  |  11:29 AM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Gray: Nearly all D.C. schools to open Thursday

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said there are still questions about Bancroft Elementary School and School Without Walls.

By  |  07:41 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Not all D.C. schools evacuated after quake

At least four Northwest schools — Deal Middle and Lafayette, Mann and Hearst elementaries--did not heed the call to head for the exits, parents and District officials confirmed.

By Bill Turque  |  04:30 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Gray: Most, but likely not all, schools to open Thurs.

By Bill Turque  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 08/24/2011

After quake, Washington-area schools undergo inspections

In an overnight reversal, DCPS went from closing just three schools today to shutting the system in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake. Prince George’s schools are shut, and schools throughout the area are undergoing inspections.

By Bill Turque, Robert Samuels and Michael Alison Chandler  |  08:26 AM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Partial list of charter school closings

A partial list of public charter school closings

By Bill Turque  |  08:24 AM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Some D.C. and Prince George’s schools await inspections

DCPS said a few minutes ago that it is stll surveying the damage to schools and will issue an update later this evening on opening tomorrow. Same is true in Prince George’s.

By Bill Turque  |  06:24 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Reporters’ emails after quake

E-mails from Bill Turque and other writers in minutes after this afternoon’s earthquake.

By  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 08/22/2011

It’s day one for D.C. and Prince George’s schools

Summer break officially ended today for the District’s thousands of public school and public charter school children, as well as more than 120,000 students in Pr. George’s County.

By Bill Turque and Robert Samuels  |  04:00 AM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Henderson: Gray ‘exceeded expectations’

The schools chancellor said fears that Gray would abandon Michelle Rhee’s reform agenda have been unfounded.

By Bill Turque  |  06:21 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Bus drivers practice routes for Monday

OSSE, which had its special ed bus service trashed by a court-appointed monitor this summer, is pushing hard for a smooth rollout Monday morning.

By Bill Turque  |  04:49 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Wright says stakeholders will get chance to weigh in on IFF study

There was not a lot of discussion at the front end about the selection of IFF, the firm tapped by the city to do what looks to be a foundational study of neighborhood school capacity.

By Bill Turque  |  11:13 AM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 08/16/2011

Starting with the heart at Luke C. Moore

The 70 sophomores who took the CAS moved the school into AYP “safe harbor” in reading and math for the first time.

By Bill Turque  |  05:56 PM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Report: D.C. special education bus service in disarray

The District’s transportation service for 3,500 special education students is in disarray, plagued by managerial incompetence that has left some buses without proper maintenance, including annual brake inspections, the court-appointed master overseeing the system said in a new report.

By Bill Turque  |  05:43 PM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 08/11/2011

Charter board close to picking executive director

The D.C. Public Charter School Board is wrapping up its search for a successor to Josephine Baker. Sources say three local names are on the short list.

By Bill Turque  |  11:41 AM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 08/09/2011

DC CAS scores, ward by ward

For those interested in the full set of numbers behind the Sunday’s achievement gap story, they’re here.

By Bill Turque  |  12:53 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Did D.C. test scores fall as security tightened?

Twenty-four schools that had classrooms flagged for high rates of wrong-to-right erasures on the 2010 DC CAS saw reading and math pass rates drop in 2011.

By Bill Turque  |  06:10 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Test scores show momentum for charters

Forty-four of the 76 charter campuses (58 percent) tested registered improvement in at least one category (reading or math). DCPS data shows just 47 of 123 schools (38 pct) in the same bucket. Another 42 D.C. schools lost ground in both reading and math, with ten suffering double-digit declines.

By Bill Turque  |  12:34 PM ET, 08/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Sousa Middle School principal Dwan Jordon resigns to accept Prince George’s job

Sousa MS principal Dwan Jordon, who became a star in the Michelle A. Rhee era for turning around test scores and culture at the Ward 8 school, is moving to a Prince George’s school.

By Bill Turque  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

© 2011 The Washington Post Company