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Teacher: D.C. schools forcing ‘us to swallow a magic pill’

The District

The problem(s) with D.C. school reform bills

Undoubtedly well-intentioned, D.C. Council member David Catania's proposed school board legislation raises some important concerns.

‘I didn’t really research anything’ in high school, D.C. valedictorian says

The difficulty some high-achieving D.C. public schools students have when they get to college raises questions about the system's reform program.

A critique of how DCPS is implementing Common Core (update)

The problem, the author says, is not with any one standard or assessment stem—it’s with a checklist mentality.

The charter future of D.C. public schools

With one decision about one elementary school, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is filling in the picture of the future for the city's long troubled school system.

A bad idea in D.C. on school reform — and a sharp response (update)

The belief that this process should start with a team of lawyers – and not end with one – speaks to a fundamental missed opportunity. Plus a response

What’s wrong with this language survey form from D.C. schools?

Check the languages.

D.C. custodial staff were evaluated by student test scores. Really. (update)

How obsessive have school reformers been with linking student standardized test scores to the evaluations of adults in school buildings?

D.C. public schools may drop U.S. government requirement

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: The public school system in the nation's capital may let high school students graduate without taking a high school level course in how their country's government works.

Ravitch on Rhee

The PBS show "Frontline" on Tuesday night aired John Merrow’s documentary on Michelle Rhee, which focused on the 3 1/2 years she was chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. There is sure to be a variety of opinions on what it said and what it didn't say. Below is the reaction of education historian Diane Ravitch, the preeminent voice in the growing opposition to Rhee's style of school reform.

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