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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 08/03/2012

DeMorning Links: A new IMPACT


How students perform will matter less for a DCPS teacher’s employment prospects. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
In the “most extensive overhaul” yet of the three-year-old IMPACT system, student test scores will now count for less on D.C. Public Schools teacher evaluations. Those scores used to be half of a teacher’s test score; they will now be about a third, the Post’s Emma Brown reports. “I’m not stuck with what we thought was right in ’08, or too stubborn to ignore what we’ve learned over the last three years,” Chancellor Kaya Henderson told her. The Washington Teachers Union, meanwhile, is not entirely happy. The changes include the addition of a new category — “developing” — that would put some teachers now rated “effective” in jeopardy of losing their jobs if they don’t improve. A WTU member shared an interesting reaction before the tweet was shunted down the memory hole.

In other news:

How a same-sex couple ran the gauntlet and adopted three kids from foster care (Post)

D.C. United CEO is “absolutely convinced” a stadium deal will happen (@OConnellPostbiz)

Michael Brown says alleged theft from campaign fund is subject to a “review,” not an “investigation” (Washingtonian)

”I would say it’s just about as likely as me being in the Olympics,” says Barbara Mikulski of Union Station overhaul happening (Roll Call via HuffPo)

Planes above National Airport weren’t on head-on collision path, officials say, but authorities continue to investigate incident (Post)

MedStar exec on its entry into D.C. Medicaid market: “[T]ruthfully, we think we can do a better job than the incumbents in the program” (WBJ)

Why Marion Barry remains popular in some quarters (Afro)

Time to fix the Home Rule charter, Jonetta Rose Barras says — get rid of congressional review, zoning restrictions, federal control of judiciary (Examiner)

For lower Connecticut Avenue NW, a “graceful dance of light and color” (DCist)

D.C. neighborhoods are more segregated than 30 years ago (City Desk)

Metro wants you to claim your abandoned bike (WMATA, DCist)

Why is President Obama treating the District like a swing state? (WRC-TV)

Ron Moten’s book is only a month away (Loose Lips)

More on the “summer bridge” program, where kids are paid to attend summer school (Post)

Odds are long on Natwar Gandhi defamation suit, two lawyers say (Examiner)

Wal-Mart delays breed skepticism on jobs promises (Examiner)

Why it doesn’t matter that the Wal-Marts are running behind (RPUS)

Contracting issues means city won’t be paying medical providers for digitizing records for a long time (WBJ)

Why Politics and Prose never should have messed with “Chocolate City” (The Root DC)

You missed a downtown Chuck Brown tribute concert (WUSA-TV)

NAACP, other groups urge Senate to confirm Superior Court judge nominee (Legal Times)

Pepco wants you to take it easy on the AC today (Examiner)

You can hire a guy to make your restaurant quieter and your neighbors happy (Young & Hungry)

Ty Barnett is D.C.’s latest great boxing hope (Post)

Why not erect a Gore Vidal statue in Dupont Circle (City Desk)

Expect more littering enforcement in 4D (Post)

Additional thoughts on the proper pricing of speeding camera tickets (GGW)

Yay new libraries (WBJ)

We’re so not that vain (The Buzz)

But we are rather “douchey” (Complex)

You heard it first from Charles Krauthammer: The world champion Washington Nationals (Sports Bog)

Why hello “New Brightwoodian Blog” (WordPress)

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