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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 03/19/2011

Jaw-dropper of the week

This is the first of an experimental weekly series of posts that will simply provide the sentence or paragraph in any story related to education that made my jaw drop. Submissions, to straussv@washpost.com, are most welcome each week.

Background:

It comes from a story written this week by colleague Bill Turque, who writes expertly about D.C. schools. The story is about an investigation by D.C. officials into a private special education school in Northwest Washington that has collected more than $16 million in tuition from the city over the past two years. Rock Creek Academy, which serves emotionally and physically disabled children from kindergarten through 12th grade, is being probed for allegations that it has lax security, high rates of truancy and inadequate academic programs.

The president and chief executive of the school is Shawn Meade, who was quoted by Turque as defending the school and saying that the school is making progress.

The jaw-dropper, from Turque’s story:

“We’ve been doing everything we can to provide for these kids,” said Meade, the son-in-law of Rock Creek co-founder Richard Henning. His last job before coming to Rock Creek in 2004 was as a regional manager for Heavenly Hams, a food retailer.

Let me know what you think of my designation of this as jaw-dropper of the week.

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