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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 08/02/2012

DeMorning Links: More DCPS teachers fired

Henderson has kept the heat on poorly performing teachers. (Evy Mages - For The Washington Post)
Education reform, D.C.-style, continues apace under Chancellor Kaya Henderson: The D.C. Public Schools have fired nearly 100 teachers for subpar performance as gauged by the controversial IMPACT evaluation system. The 98 firings are less than half of last year’s 206 performance-based firings, Emma Brown reports in the Post. Nathan Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, said the IMPACT regime has been “softened up” and is now “more collaborative.” And the union, he said, “has made a concerted effort to help teachers navigate the system, coaching about 800 members in IMPACT courses over the past two years.”

In other news:

Latest taxi reforms are overwhelmingly popular, but many remain wistful for zone system (Post)

Scary close call at National Airport: Controllers put planes on collision course (Post)

Utah senator tries attaching D.C. abortion restrictions to cybersecurity bill (WaTimes, DCist)

Another estate dispute delays the burial of Frank Kameny’s ashes (Blade)

Hear no shadow campaign, see no shadow campaign (Loose Lips)

Uber fans can be terribly charming (City Desk)

Department of Human Services goes about ending D.C. welfare as we know it (Examiner)

Henderson still faces tough questions about Phelps principal’s departure: “This is a UVA moment,” parent shouts (Informer)

Wal-Mart’s ambitious D.C. timeline remains ambitious (Examiner)

Yvette Alexander and Ron Moten continue their war of words (Informer)

Kwame Brown’s CBE speech: Cancelled, or merely postponed? (Loose Lips, Examiner)

Speaking of CBEs, the Gray administration wants a review of the program (Loose Lips)

At Gallaudet, Capital Bikeshare’s first campus station (WAMU-FM)

Beware of more aggressive D.C. debt collection (WJLA-TV)

New Jersey Avenue NW could go two-way south of New York Avenue (GGW)

Education reform needs a “strategic planning meeting,” Deborah Simmons says (WaTimes)

Hospitality High is getting its own building, in Shaw (WBJ)

DCPS has a social media coordinator, and his job is “to make students feel proud of their schools” (Examiner)


Could The Guards, Georgetown institution, be closing for good? (All We Can Eat, G’town Metropolitan)

Farewell to Armand’s pizza (WBJ)

Farewell and best wishes to the Brightwoodian (Brightwoodian)

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