District of Columbia
- Laid off in Maryland, Pinoy teachers blaze new trail in DC
Internationally recruited teachers laid off in Prince Georges Co. (MD) now helping students in DC. Describes tutoring efforts aimed at boosting test scores, but leaves questions unanswered about fed law violations that prompted >
Apr 4, 12:17 PM:
- Vacant D.C. school buildings could house public charters
DC officials to consider leasing vacant schools to charters looking for space. Notes past problems advocates have had in securing surplus space, but doesn't explain what prompted city to begin this "new way of doing business." >
Apr 4, 5:11 AM:
- Expulsions, suspensions could face more scrutiny in D.C. charters
DC Charter Board considering policy of closing those that don't report monthly expulsions and suspensions. Question of whether charters dumping some back into city's trad publics raised. But, point put out there without >
Mar 28, 6:01 AM:
- D.C. Council pokes its nose into school business
Editorial blasts DC Council members, saying school system has one Chancellor and doesn't need 13 more. Panel approved package of ed bills. No question here of validity of issues addressed, but of past poor track record of >
Mar 27, 5:06 AM:
- D.C. Council approves education bills
A series of ed measures just passed the D.C. City Council, including a transfer bonus for top-performing teachers to move to low-performing schools. Paper's view is only one policy is "edgy." Not sure what that means. >
Mar 21, 5:05 AM:
- To many teachers, career has failed
MetLife poll finds less than half of American public educators are "very satisfied" with their jobs. Lowest in two decades. Reasons (recession, cuts, politics) deeply probed here. Reax from union and nonprofit. Interesting read. >
Mar 13, 4:55 AM:
- Christian Washington, 9-year-old, Taped To Chair At Friendship Public Charter School In DC
Parent says charter educator taped her special needs son to chair in class. Spotlight here on claims made and how resolved. But no mention of whether attempts made to contact teacher directly for comment.
Mar 9, 1:13 PM:
- Creative ... motivating’ and fired
Example of DC teacher supposedly unfairly rated by value-added evaluation. Cheating possibility confounds results. Acts as if it's a major deal teacher fired, and ignores fact that she was able to get a job somewhere else. >
Mar 7, 5:55 AM:
- Henderson calls for national standards to guide probes of cheating
DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson wants uniform guidelines for cheating probes in schools nationwide. Article explores reasons (constant second-guessing probes and punishment) and looks at current investigation of citywide test >
Feb 29, 6:07 AM:
- Amid a Federal Education Inquiry, an Unsettling Sight
Photo by Wikimedia Commons
DC Schools under fed investigation into whether cheating occurred to raise test scores during Michelle Rhee's term. Article questions Sec. Duncan being on panel with her. Reax from both, expert views and Atlanta comparison. >
Feb 27, 5:44 AM:
- D.C. mayor, schools chief discuss plan to restore city power to create charters
D.C. Mayor exploring city to become charter authorizer. Touches on D.C.'s history of charter movement, union objections and importance of multiple authorizers. Informative.
Feb 24, 6:04 AM:
- Education bills get mixed reviews from D.C. schools officials
DC Council Chair's ed bill would mandate students take SAT or other entrance exam and apply to university. Charter leaders say it erodes autonomy. Supporters think it'll help students. Both sides well covered. Links ed to >
Feb 17, 6:14 AM:
- Obama's War on School Vouchers
Pres. Obama's budget contains no funding for city's voucher program. Columnist blasts kowtowing to unions, touts high graduation rates and notes likelihood of restoring money. Term "ghetto kids" unseemly in otherwise good read. >
Feb 15, 9:58 AM:
- Charter school enrollment up 8 percent in D.C.
DC's charter schools have more students this year than last, jumping 8 percent. City's trad publics dropped slightly. Only basics here with Mayor's reax, which needs further probing along with reasons behind numbers. >
Feb 14, 12:06 PM:
- Despite city’s growth, D.C. school enrollment falls
Wash, D.C., traditional public school enrollment dipped by 1%, while charters grew by 8%. All about percentages, no analysis as to why some may feel charters are growing. Second half of article on Mayor's early childhood program. >
Feb 14, 6:00 AM:
- D.C. targets kids who skip class
Ad campaign in D.C. to curtail chronic truancy. Little context.What besides billboards/radio ads can bring kids into school. Alt. ed, choice, or parent brigade to make journey to school safer, perhaps.
Feb 10, 7:37 AM:
- A grim report card on D.C. schools
Photo by amboo who?
Report saying DC students won't perform at grade level until 2075 suggests closing abysmal schools. Editorial doesn't dig deeper on why there's pushback on closing failing schools. Opines kids in those schools can't wait. >
Feb 7, 6:05 AM:
- D.C. charter school under scrutiny for lack of special-ed students
Charter investigated because it has not enrolled a kid with sp needs for 3 years. School gets opportunity to explain. Juxtapose with the abysmal job traditional publics do for these D.C. kids.
Feb 3, 5:55 AM:
- Charters not the only answer in D.C.
Sings praises of D.C. charters. Weaves in research to support themes. Pinpoints hiring and training principals as key to success. Teachers matter, too, especially in mastery of content and class management.
Feb 2, 6:02 AM:
- Education: States should do more to reach students
Fed Ed Dept says states applying for NCLB waivers neglected to maintain accountability for performance of all students. Comprehensive look at problem at heart of controversy over law -- identifying and closing achievement gap >
Jan 31, 6:04 AM:
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