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D.C. Schools Insider: February, 2012

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Kaya Henderson: National standards needed to guide educators in detection, investigation of cheating

Henderson called for a set of national standards to guide educators in the detection and investigation of cheating on standardized tests, contending that without them school districts will be subject to second-guessing of their efforts to probe and punish cheating.

By Bill Turque  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Principal: Students gumming up new Wilson HS

Principal Pete Cahall reports in his weekly bulletin that he spent two hours last week scraping gum from the floor of the new building’s signature four-story, glass-enclosed atrium. He doesn’t sound happy.

By Bill Turque  |  08:24 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Should District get back into the business of authorizing charter schools?

For the first 10 years of the city’s charter movement the old D.C. Board of Education and the D.C. Public Charter School Board both authorized the opening of charters. But the Board of Education struggled to exercise proper oversight of the fledgling charters.

By Bill Turque  |  09:22 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC Public Charter School Board

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 02/23/2012

District seeks return of chartering authority

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chancellor Kaya Henderson are discussing a plan to restore the District’s power to create public charter schools as part of an effort to raise the quality of education in low-income communities.

By Bill Turque  |  07:32 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC Public Charter School Board

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Chancellor Kaya Henderson and top staff in food fight

Chancellor Kaya Henderson is likely to get questions at the D.C . Council today about her differences with food services director Jeff Mills.

By Bill Turque  |  10:05 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chartwells, D.C. Central Kitchen, Revolution Foods

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/22/2012

D.C. schools with more low-income, academically troubled students should get more money, panel recommends

A commission wants schools to receive more money for serving larger numbers of students who are both from low-income households and far behind academically.

By Bill Turque  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Education Finance Reform Commission, Uniform Per Student Funding Formula

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Charters quick to suspend, expel, council told

One Ward 7 high school booted 8 percent (102 of 1,231) of its students in 2010-11, according to numbers compiled by the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

By Bill Turque  |  09:05 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC Public Charter School Board, Scott Pearson, Kwame Brown

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Kwame Brown’s college prep bill gets cool reception from DCPS officials

A trio of top District school officials devoted most of their prepared statements to how wonderfully their agencies were already doing.

By Bill Turque  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, DCPS, DC Public Charter School Board

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 02/16/2012

DCPS enrollment: Missing the mark by $18 million

This week’s audited enrollment showed DCPS with 45,191 students. That means the system got $18.4 million for students who aren’t eligible for residency reasons or who never materialized.

By Bill Turque  |  05:43 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCPS, Public Education Finance Reform Commission, DC Public Charter School Board

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012

District to experience middle school surge, study says

Ripples from the mini-baby booms across the city, already visible in pre-school and pre-K enrollment, will soon be lapping at the doors of the District’s middle schools. .

By Bill Turque  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Action for Children

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

District to start ‘conversation’ about special ed

OSSE has hired the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to study the quality of special education programs in the District, an $800,000 project.

By Bill Turque  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American Institutes for Research, Race to the Top

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/13/2012

D.C. charter enrollment up 8 percent

Audited figures show slight decline in enrollment for D.C. traditional schools. Charter students now account for 41 percent of the city’s public enrollment.

By Washington Post staff  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 02/13/2012

BASIS head says early tweaks are not a ‘watering down’

It turns out that BASIS will in fact be making some modifications to its rigorous program, tweaks that head of school Mary Riner Siddall calls temporary but necessary.

By Bill Turque  |  09:25 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BASIS DC

Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012

OSSE narrows probe of suspect test erasures

OSSE has winnowed from 128 to 35 the number of classrooms that it will ask an independent contractor to investigate for possible cheating on the 2011 DC CAS, the agency announced Thursday.

By Bill Turque  |  09:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OSSE, DC CAS, CTB/McGraw-Hill, DCPS, Caveon

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012

New count could cut high school graduation rates 20 percent

High school graduation rates in the District, long thought to be inflated by generous counting methods, will be adjusted downward by about 20 percent under a new, more accurate formula.

By Bill Turque  |  02:20 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OSSE, Education Week

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Brown: Keep charter facilities allowance at $3000 per student

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has called on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to maintain a “floor”of $3,000 per student for charter school facilities

By Bill Turque  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DC charter facilities, charter funding

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Gifted-and-talented not a first for DCPS

The gifted-and-talented pilot announced Monday by DCPS may be the first of its kind, but it’s not the first. As several readers have pointed out, the system had one in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

By Bill Turque  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCPS gifted talented

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 02/06/2012

DCPS lottery: A look at the available seats

DCPS lottery: A look at the available seats

By Bill Turque  |  05:08 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCPS lottery

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/06/2012

DCPS to pilot gifted-and-talented program

DCPS will pilot its first gifted-and-talented program at Kelly Miller and Hardy middle schools this fall.

By Bill Turque  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gifted and talented, Hardy, Kelly Miller

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012

IDEA charter school fights to stay open

The public charter school says the D.C. Public Charter School Board has trampled on its due process rights.

By Bill Turque  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  US Congress

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 02/02/2012

New focus on D.C. public-charter collaboration

To improve education in the city’s most underserved neighborhoods requires “a sustained and coordinated effort” between 123-school public system and the community of 53 public charter schools, a new report says.

By Bill Turque  |  05:40 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charters IFF, DC charter Pearson

 

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