What happened at Noyes Elementary?

A former principal’s claims have big implications for Michelle Rhee’s reform efforts. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

The battle over Adell Cothorne, the former Noyes Elementary School principal who recently went public with standardized test cheating allegations, continued Wednesday.

John Merrow, who delivered the “Frontline” episode where her story was first told, has more on Cothorne — including an unusual encounter with her predecessor under whose watch Noyes saw dramatic testing gains. “You don’t respect the legacy that has been built at Noyes,” she said he told her. Meanwhile, investigators at the federal Education Department tell Loose Lips they interviewed Cothorne but were “unable to substantiate” her claims. However, the District’s own investigators never did so.

 The Post’s Jay Mathews asks: “Isn’t anyone in the D.C. government curious about what happened at Noyes, and why? Don’t they want to know why scores so quickly peaked, then immediately plummeted? Perhaps the D.C. Council or a congressional committee can find a way to take testimony from all involved, under oath, and get to the truth.”

In other news:

Merrow on Michelle Rhee’s legacy: “The record is pretty clear that D.C. schools are not better because she was there. … But [she] changed the national conversation about teaching.” (EdMedia)

The 19 traffic-related deaths in 2012 are the District’s fewest in decades (ExaminerWJLA-TV)

Irv Nathan will decide what to do about David Gregory by week’s end (PostWaTimes)

Veteran cop accusing of sexually assaulting girl (Crime Scene)

With new apartments coming online, D.C. rents start to stabilize (UrbanTurf)

The South Capitol Street drawbridge has only been raised twice in seven years (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

At least one D.C. employee doesn’t want Mary Cheh putting broccoli in their vending machine (Examiner)

The murder trial of Ellsworth Colbert is underway (Crime SceneHomicide WatchWJLA-TV)

Hatch Act reforms make it simpler for federal employees and ANC members to run for partisan office (D.C. Wire)

For the third time in four council terms, Phil Mendelson wants to reform police eyewitness identification practices (DCist)

AG injects some common sense into speed-camera ticket conflict (WaTimes)

Imagine Southeast charter school is at risk of closure (D.C. Schools Insider)

Inside Whitman Walker’s plans for a new 14th Street home (WJLA-TV)

SCOTUS rejects D.C. gangster’s appeal (WAMU-FM)

My God, it’s glass! Hysterics greet Chevy Chase apartment building plans (Dish)

The new Forensics Lab has a really neat sun-screen thingy (Architect)

ANC commish preps 2014 council run in Ward 6 (Informer)

Could the late, lamented $5,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit come back? (UrbanTurf)

Juvenile charged in 2012′s final murder, said to be over missing PCP (Crime SceneWaTimes)

ANC feels “burned” by Chipotle (Capitol Hill Corner)

Kinkead’s lives? (GOGBlog)

At Tenleytown Whole Foods, drink while you shop (WTOP)

Old Ebbitt Grill now serving news with your oysters (Capital Business)

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