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Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education

Tim Krepp | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tim Krepp

Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward.

Nearly 400 Teachers Have Been Fired In D.C. Since 2009

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 11.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Tough new teacher evaluations led to a strike this month in Chicago, but in the District of Columbia, such evaluations are "busines...

School Reform and the Lives of Girls

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.20.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

School reform will not succeed in the absence of a comprehensive agenda to address the conditions of poverty, homelessness, parental illiteracy, drug abuse, hunger and violence that leave children abandoned and debilitated on the margins of this society.

New D.C. Public Schools Initiative Aims To Attract, Retain High-Performing Teachers

Posted 09.06.2012 | Education

Under a new D.C. Public Schools “career ladder” initiative, high-performing teachers in low-income schools will see a streamlined process to salar...

Making an IMPACT: Evaluation Changes Will Better Serve Teachers and Students

Teach Plus | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Teaching in DCPS is challenging but it is above all else incredibly rewarding. The changes laid out for IMPACT this year are focused on helping all teachers develop and perfect our craft.

Eliza LaJoie

More Bad News For Librarians

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 08.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- When Marla McGuire was hired as a librarian at Cleveland Elementary School in the District of Columbia some four years ago, she was firs...

D.C. At-Risk Students Paid $5.25 An Hour To Attend Summer School

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

The District of Columbia is paying more than 300 students $5.25 an hour to attend summer school, the Washington Examiner reports. The "Summer Brid...

D.C. Public Schools Grossly Under-Reports Spending

Michael McShane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Michael McShane

The DC public school system has made several significant positive strides in recent years. But until it gets its spending under control, all of these positive developments are going to get lost in its perception as a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy.

Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon May 15 (Reuters) - During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rh...

"Growing Our Own" Corps of Nurses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.02.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

To get more D.C. residents into the nursing pipeline and through the gateways for the burgeoning health care professions in all fields, we have to get serious about the expectations for math and science education at all levels.

Fighting 30+ DCPS Closures (And Walmart) In Chocolate City to Empower DC

Head-Roc | Posted 05.09.2012 | DC
Head-Roc

It's excruciatingly hard for me to believe that I live in the nation's capitol where over 30 DC public schools, serving mostly Black and Brown American communities, are being recommended for closure.

Death by Algorithm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

If the school reformers truly believe that teachers are the key to the success of children --- and I agree, they certainly are one of the keys --- then the reformers must reconsider the mindless application of the deadly algorithm.

Teacher Voices Must Be Heard

Teach Plus | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

More than ever we -- teachers -- must be a vital part of this national conversation. As teachers, we have a responsibility to our students and communities to share our collective wisdom in an effort to facilitate quality reform.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Celebrates Launch of Teach Plus D.C.

Teach Plus | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

On Tuesday, January 31, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined more than 200 teachers and policymakers to celebrate the launch of Teach Plus D.C.

Teachers At the Table With Secretary Duncan

Teach Plus | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

"Teacher voice is needed in order for real reform to take place," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the inaugural cohort of Teach Plus D.C. Teaching Policy Fellows last week.

Should D.C. Force Its Students To Apply To College?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Should District of Columbia public and charter high school students be required to apply for college or trade school in order to graduat...

D.C. Schools Students Reveal High Rates Of Sex, Fear And Suicide Attempts

Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson had some revealing statistics to share with city council members Tuesday -- almost 10 percent of 8th gra...

Order To Rehire 75 D.C. Teachers Fired During Rhee Era Is Upheld

The Washington Post | Bill Turque | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

The District's labor-management relations board has upheld an arbitrator's decision ordering the D.C. Public Schools to rehire 75 new teachers fired i...

D.C. Students To Be Tested On Sex Education, Drugs

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia public schools are planning to test students on their knowledge of human sexuality, contraception and drug use this...

Back to School in the Nation's Capital

Lindsey Buss | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Lindsey Buss

Back to School. A time of excitement, anxiety and... failure?

Even More D.C. Teachers Accepting Bonuses Amid Cheating Probe

Posted 11.13.2011 | Education

More highly rated teachers in D.C. Public Schools are accepting performance-based bonuses than in the past, American University Radio WAMU reports. ...

D.C. Schools Revises Controversial Teacher Evaluation System

Posted 11.06.2011 | Education

Teachers in D.C. Public Schools who perform well will see some easing from a controversial evaluation process introduced by former DCPS Chancellor Mic...

DC Public Schools Prepares for Hurricane Irene

DCPS.gov | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is working to prepare our buildings and school community this weekend for Hurricane Irene, which is expecte...

Michelle Rhee Eager For Spotlight, But Not In Cheating Scandal

The New York Times | MICHAEL WINERIP | Posted 10.22.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Why won't Michelle Rhee talk to USA Today? Ms. Rhee, the chancellor of the Washington public schools from 2007 to 2010, is the nation...

Squaring Off On Racial Achievement Gap

Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices

Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor of Washington, D.C., and Diane Ravitch, the education historian, are two of the most high-profile voices ...