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D.C. Schools Insider: March, 2012

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/30/2012

DCPS lottery: Interest continues to grow

Applications are up nearly 10 percent over 2011. School officials said the trend continues to be driven by strong demand for early childhood programs.

By Bill Turque  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 PM ET, 03/29/2012

D.C. high school offers $50 gift cards for high scores on tests

Wilson High School is giving out VISA gift cards to sophomores for every proficient or advanced score, according to the student newspaper.

By Bill Turque  |  11:39 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Gray proposes extra funding for D.C. charters

Gray’s office announced Thursday that he has asked the D.C. Council to direct $9.4 million in extra funds for the current fiscal year to the city’s 53 charter schools.

By Bill Turque  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/29/2012

DCPS budget: Why per-pupil spending at high schools is low

Size and flexibility, according to a school system spokeswoman.

By Bill Turque  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/28/2012

D.C. school budget: Parents, students decry cuts to high schools, librarians, special ed coordinators

While Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposed school spending plan provides a 2 percent raise in the student funding formula, basic costs have risen closer to 5 percent.

By Bill Turque  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charter schools, D.C. Public Schools

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 03/26/2012

IMPACT: Does it favor younger teachers?

When viewed through the prism of IMPACT, the best teachers improve quickly in their first few years on the job and then hit a kind of plateau.

By Bill Turque  |  11:46 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/23/2012

DCPS budget: the Rhee Effect

Private grant funds are projected at just $3.8 million for FY 2013, an 82 percent drop over the average for the past three years.

By Bill Turque  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/22/2012

DCPS paying $2.2 million for buildings it doesn’t use

The payments, in the form of charges by the Department of Real Estate Services, turned up as part of a routine “reprogramming”.

By Bill Turque  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 03/20/2012

D.C. Council passes stack of education bills that start small but aim high

The package of education bills is intended to bolster the school system on some of its most challenging fronts.

By Bill Turque  |  02:52 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Commission: Charter schools likely to continue gaining on DCPS

Charter school enrollment, already 41 percent of the public school population, is expected to increase by 10 percent in 2013.

By Bill Turque  |  10:26 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charter schools

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Community Academy Rand campus closure plan sparks tensions between founder, charter board

A compromise on the school’s Rand campus ended weeks of tense wrangling between the D.C. charter board and Community Academy founder Kent Amos.

By Bill Turque  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Rhee, District off the hook in teacher sex case

A federal judge has dismissed former chancellor Michelle Rhee, DCPS and the D.C. government from a lawsuit filed by a student who became pregnant by a teacher in 2009.

By Bill Turque  |  04:22 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Alvarez and Marsal hired for cheating probe

D.C. hires Alvarez and Marsal, a New York-based management consulting firm, to investigate possible cheating on the 2011 DC CAS.

By Bill Turque  |  07:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cheating

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Kaya Henderson: Charters must be ‘in my tool kit’

More from a Q-and-A with the D.C. schools chancellor: why she wants DCPS to be a charter authorizer, possible changes for IMPACT, among other issues.

By Bill Turque  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IMPACT, charter schools

Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012

DCPS budget: IMPACT’s impact

There’s plenty for DCPS stakeholders to dislike in the newly released school-based budget allocations proposed for 2012-13.One of the drivers of this unpleasant news is the projected exhaustion of the private foundation money that has underwritten IMPACT bonuses.

By Bill Turque  |  08:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Kwame Brown’s omnibus education act

It’s a consolidation of four education measures, three sponsored by Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, that are scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

By Bill Turque  |  04:51 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Kaya Henderson on DCPS cheating allegations: Many doubt minority children can make big gains on tests

Kaya Henderson says some who make allegations about cheating on tests in urban schools believe minority children can’t make significant gains without improper intervention.

By Bill Turque  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kaya Henderson, D.C. Council

Posted at 08:35 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Charter board relents on IDEA closure, pushes to shutter Community Academy’s Rand campus

But board members said IDEA officials put together a turnaround plan that changed their minds, one that called for the wholesale replacement of school leadership and a review of the teaching staff.

By Bill Turque  |  08:35 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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