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D.C. Schools Insider: November, 2011

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/29/2011

State superintendent’s office hit for bungling NCLB town halls

A series of six “town halls” set up for mid-November fell apart because of little to no advance notice and dates that competed with a set of DCPS community meetings.

By Bill Turque  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 11/23/2011

OSSE employee fired for alleged fraudulent payments to transportation company

My colleague Nikita Stewart has the details on a worker who has been fired over allegations that she oversaw fraudulent payments to a company run by a friend.

By Bill Turque  |  02:21 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/23/2011

Education finance panel back from limbo

The Public Education Finance Reform Commission is back, with a schedule of six three-hour meetings between now and the end of January.

By Bill Turque  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/22/2011

‘Tis the season. . .for a fiscal year 2013 school budget hearing

The legally required hearing is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Langley Education Campus, 101 T St. N.E. Folks can offer feedback and suggestions on the spending plan that will be formulated for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012.

By Bill Turque  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Henderson ‘disappointed’ with special ed ruling

Chancellor Kaya Henderson pushes back at a court ruling that the District had failed to identify and treat young children with special needs.

By Bill Turque  |  02:55 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/18/2011

DCPS proposes new middle schools for Ward 5

DCPS has released its plan, which would require closing at least Education Campuses in the ward.

By Bill Turque  |  11:25 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Special ed bus service stays under court supervision

After multiple attempts to end court supervision, Judge Paul L. Friedman has extended the “transition period” to Oct. 31, 2012.

By Bill Turque  |  05:52 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 11/15/2011

A list of the other ‘Tools’ schools

Twenty-six other schools adopted “Tools of the Mind” after the 2010-11 pilot at Powell and Garfield Elementary.

By Bill Turque  |  10:22 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 11/08/2011

A new Early Stages diagnostic center opens

DCPS has opened a second clinic to identify young children who might need special education services.

By Bill Turque  |  05:52 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Kaya Henderson’s sudden turn in the spotlight

The D.C. schools chancellor has received a flurry of recent recognition in the education world

By Bill Turque  |  06:48 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Charter enrollment up, DCPS down in raw count

D.C. schools officials said late today that this year’s unaudited October student count came in at 46,191--that’s down 419 students.

By Bill Turque  |  06:53 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Brown introduces D.C. teacher incentive bill

D.C Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has formally introduced legislation for a pilot program of incentives to lure good teachers to low-performing schools.

By Bill Turque  |  02:31 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Closer look puts D.C. NAEP math scores in context

D.C. has, by a wide margin, the nation’s highest proportion of 4th and 8th graders in the “below basic” category.

By Bill Turque  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 11/01/2011

No plan to reschedule D.C. College Fair

High school seniors who were shut out of the D.C. National College Fair when it was cut short by fighting last month will get another chance to meet college and university representatives.

By Bill Turque  |  06:48 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Washington Teachers’ Union takes moribund appeals office to court

The D.C.’s Office of Employee Appeals is where teachers and other District government workers are supposed to go if they believe they’ve been improperly suspended, fired or laid off. But the Washington Teachers’ Union says budget cuts that have left it incapable of functioning in a timely manner.

By Bill Turque  |  12:37 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/01/2011

D.C. math scores up, reading flat, on 2011 NAEP report

The District’s fourth- and eighth-graders achieved “significant increases ” in math on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), school officials said.

By Bill Turque  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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