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D.C. Schools Insider: May, 2012

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Annual principal shake-up begins

Word starts to trickle out about school leaders who will not be returning next year.

By Bill Turque  |  06:21 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 05/24/2012

At Kramer, stepping into the “blended” age

Kramer Middle School in Southeast D.C., one of the city’s lowest performing schools, will try a new approach to teaching with half of its academic program delivered through on-line courses.

By Bill Turque  |  10:25 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 05/23/2012

ISO: Current or former parents of charter school special education students

I’d like to hear about your experiences, negative and positive. I’m especially interested in speaking to families who feel they’ve been discouraged from enrolling or “counseled out.”

By Bill Turque  |  10:03 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 05/18/2012

NCLB waiver bid stalled by Ed Dept. concerns

Federal agency cites District’s poor handling of U.S. grants, difficulty complying with special education laws.

By Bill Turque  |  06:10 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 05/16/2012

OSSE report: District pays at least $10 million to educate non-resident students

On Wednesday the state education agency reported 276 confirmed instances of students in the system illegally.

By Bill Turque  |  07:54 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 05/16/2012

At Meyer awards, teachers who answered the call

The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards recognizes educators across the region.

By Bill Turque  |  09:41 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/15/2012

How is DCPS paying for ‘What’s Possible’?

In a budget season when local and federal funds are in decline, and school librarians are an endangered species, how is this being financed?

By Bill Turque  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 05/14/2012

DCPS, union reach accord on teacher retirement

It appears that DCPS is finally prepared to comply with the early retirement provision of the contract it signed with the Washington Teachers’ Union.

By Bill Turque  |  01:52 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 05/14/2012

NCLB waiver docs to be released by Friday

State superintendent wants to include her response to federal critique, will release documents by Friday.

By Bill Turque  |  10:56 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Neighborhood admissions preference for charter schools to be studied

District officials are moving closer to allowing charters to grant admissions preference to families in surrounding neighborhoods.

By Bill Turque  |  10:21 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/09/2012

BASIS high school places in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10

The Arizona-based charter network that will open a D.C. campus this summer has a top-10 high school in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

By Bill Turque  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 05/08/2012

WTU’s Saunders: New Kaya Henderson reform plan lacks ‘candid assessment’ of student needs

WTU president Nathan Saunders argues that without a more holistic approach to issues such as poverty and parent engagement, progress will be difficult to achieve.

By Bill Turque  |  03:59 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 05/07/2012

D.C. mum on federal response to NCLB waiver bid

D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education promised tons of outreach and transparency in its application for relief from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

By Bill Turque  |  04:07 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Northwest D.C. schools: Renovated Janney faces third-grade crowding

Janney Elementary, which reopened last summer after a $29 million modernization and expansion, has already run out of space for next year’s third grade class.

By Bill Turque  |  09:06 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. schools, Education

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 05/04/2012

“Excessing” notices for 333 DCPS teachers

It means that changes in budget, enrollment or academic programs at their schools have effectively eliminated their jobs. The excessed educators have until August 15 to find other spots in the school system.

By Bill Turque  |  07:13 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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