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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 08/09/2012

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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the District inspector general’s report should end suspicions of widespread cheating on standardized tests. (Matt McClain - The Washington Post)
After a 17-month probe into test cheating allegations at the D.C. Public Schools, investigators at the District inspector general’s office have issued their much anticipated report. It totals 14 pages — that’s 0.82 pages per month of investigation — and it looks in-depth only at one school, the Noyes Education Campus in Ward 5. Where investigators looked, they found problems, the Post’s Emma Brown writes. “But there was ‘insufficient basis’ to warrant examining other schools in the same intensive manner, according to the report, which concluded that there was no evidence of widespread cheating across the city from 2008 to 2010.” More from WaTimes, Examiner and USA Today, which first raised concerns about potential cheating.

In other news:

”[T]he truth of what happened in these tests will come out some day, but not because of the three inadequate investigations financed with D.C. tax dollars.” (Class Struggle)

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) wants hearing on tax-assessment settlements; Mayor Vince C. Gray (D) raises concerns but stands by District Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi (Post)

Real-estate interests on how obscure process favors real-estate interests: Nothing to see here! (WBJ)

Northeast man orders TV from Amazon, is delivered a SIG716 semiautomatic rifle (Post, WTTG-TV)

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D) strikes back at suggestion that he wired Metro land deal: “[T]he problem with Banneker was not Jim Graham. The problem with Banneker was Banneker.” (Post letter)

Police brass tiff over Charlie Sheen escort is now a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit (Post)

Firms that pick school contractors sometimes do work with the firms they pick (Loose Lips)

Made with pride, and D.C. tap water (City Paper)

Washington 2024, no. Washington-Baltimore-Richmond-Philly 2024, maybe. (WTOP)

Glut of new apartments could finally ease rents (Post)

What the GAO said about a commuter tax nine years ago (WaTimes)

City demolishes historic but rundown home on Anacostia’s main drag (CHotR)

Is Initiative 70’s signature shortfall a blow to Tommy Wells’s mayoral ambitions? (WRC-TV)

Lou Chibbaro interviews the new, openly gay D.C. health director (Blade)

Neighbors praise new park and playground, but lament moldering library kiosk (WRC-TV, WJLA-TV)

And a basketball tournament at the playground could use a funding boost (WUSA-TV)

You, too, can own a share of a future H Street NE hotspot (City Desk)

More on video visits at the D.C. jail (NY Times)

Marvelous Market is harboring rats, Georgetowners say (Current via Dish)

GWU president got to go to the Olympics on the university dime (Examiner)

Reader responds to Michelle Rhee biographer’s what-iffing: “Whatever opinions one might have about Ms. Rhee’s impact, she unnecessarily created the dynamics of her own demise.” (Post letter)

More from Muriel Bowser’s birthday party/kiss-the-ringathon (Informer)

Places to avoid if you’re driving between now and the end of the month (Dr. Gridlock)

Remember when Georgetown Law tuition was $100? Neither do I. (Ghosts of D.C.)

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