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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

DeMorning Links: Value added, teacher subtracted

Wysocki now teaches at a Fairfax County elementary school (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
In today’s Post, Bill Turque takes a hard look at exactly what “value-added” teacher evaluations mean to the D.C. Public School. The novel system based largely on student test scores means a widely praised teacher like MacFarland Middle School’s Sarah Wysocki, 31, can end up fired when her students’ test performance doesn’t rise to the level mathematical formulas demand. Bill writes: “In the view of school officials, Wysocki, one of 206 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance in 2011, was appropriately judged by the same standards as her peers. Colleagues and friends say she was swept aside by a system that doesn’t always capture a teacher’s true value.” A few days after her firing, Wysocki was hired at a Fairfax County elementary school.

In other news:

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe attracted a sexual harassment complaint while in Florida job, unbeknownst to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s vetters (WaTimes)

End of private foundation grants means cuts to DCPS school budgets (D.C. Schools Insider, Examiner)

Why the Redskins won’t create Gray’s One City (Post)

When it comes to Jeffrey Thompson, follow the money orders (Loose Lips)

Gray speaks: “Jeff Thompson has been a very successful businessman in the city. ... So this is a situation that we’ll watch it unfold and see what’s going on here.” (WRC-TV)

The D.C. Council yesterday ...

... gave preliminary approval to David Catania’s bill to improve mental health services for students (Post)

... rekindled campaign finance legislation (DCist, Examiner, WaTimes)

... voted to ease gun registrations (AP, Examiner)

... passed resolution in support of D.C. United (Examiner, @TommyWells)

... and put off action on a Ward 7 medical marijuana facility (WaTimes)

Jonetta Rose Barras likes Tom Brown in Ward 7 (Examiner)

Why more funding is needed for youth mental health (WAMU-FM)

Channel 7 gets wise to DYRS use of residential treatment center (WJLA-TV)

For $20,000, the Capital City Diner could be yours (eBay)

The best and worst of mid-century modern D.C. architecture (Where We Live)

What Georgetown wants to see in “boathouse zone”: progress (Patch)

Former D.C. cop said to have provided security for butt-implanter (Examiner)

This year’s call for a “balanced” budget approach (DCFPI)

Workers’ comp administrators privately concerns about budget maneuver (WaTimes)

Mike Isabella starts building his empire (Going Out Gurus)

Food truck owners want clarity on sales tax proposal (Post)

DDOT rates half of city streets in “fair” or “poor” condition (TBD)

Grand jury indictment elevates Albrecht Muth murder charge to first degree (Crime Scene)

”[S]ingle-parent homes and academic failure” to blame for juvenile delinquency (Examiner)

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