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Middle School Assignment Asks Students To Compare Hitler With George W. Bush

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

A Washington, D.C., middle school assignment asking students to compare former president George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler has upset some parents and c...

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

The D.C. Turnaround Story

Richard Whitmire | Posted 03.01.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Having a mix of low-, middle- and high-income students of all races and ethnicities is something to be cheered, not feared. The school districts in the country making the most progress with low-income students, places such as Tampa, Charlotte and Long Beach, have middle-class kids in the mix.

Joy Resmovits

Minor Glitch Leads To Major Criticism Of Michelle Rhee's Signature Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

The evaluations of 44 Washington public school teachers -- out of 4,000 -- were compromised by an outside contractor, an email from a D.C. official to...

Education Losers Now Recovering

Richard Whitmire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

ow often does Tennessee get cited nationally for producing great academic gains for its children? Almost never, about the same number of times Washington, D.C., gets touted for its superior academic results.

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

DC Schools: Crediting Success, Confronting Challenge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.04.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Chancellor Henderson and her team of teachers and administrators are on the right track, and they deserve as much support as the city and community can muster to stay the course toward improvement. Now is hardly the time to destabilize the system once again by forcing a different reform plan.

The Powerful Trend to Improve Schools through Expanded Learning Time

Jennifer Davis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

As the authors of A Nation at Risk pointed out more than 30 years ago, America's students simply do not spend enough time in quality learning environments to reach the high expectations of the modern global economy.

D.C. Council and School Reform: First, Do No Harm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

We all can agree that the status quo is unacceptable. But we also need to agree that continuing destabilization of school leadership, and ongoing power struggles over the authority to control and direct the schools, only distracts from academic improvement and threatens further delay in real reform.

How Mayor Gray Is Failing DC Public Schools

Michael Shank | Posted 02.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

There is nothing radical about closing schools. A "radical" approach would have been for Rhee to tackle poverty and unemployment in D.C., a far more effective method of advancing early childhood education.

Ed Tonight: New York City Teacher Evaluation Talks Fail, School Discipline Crisis

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Deal Or No Deal? This afternoon, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union was calling it quits on negotiations with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over teacher evaluations. Shockingly, each side blames the other. What does this mean? The city will lose oh, a couple hundred million dollars in state budget money. Bloomberg says, via Gothamschools, that it's "too soon to tell" whether the loss will necessitate teacher layoffs.

D.C. Public Schools Help Launch 'One Million Kids' Anti-Bullying Campaign

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.15.2013 | DC
Rep. Mike Honda

I encourage new members to join me in the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and continue to build further coalitions with our youth, communities, educators and elected officials as we address and diminish this issue.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Proposes Closing 20 City Schools By Next Year

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Twenty D.C. Public Schools have been targeted for closure before the next school year, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday. Per the Washin...

DCPS School Closures List Expected To Be Released Tuesday

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

A list of D.C. Public Schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be announced Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Washington ...

Coolidge High School Student Shot By Fellow Student On School Grounds, Police Say

Posted 09.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- An 18-year-old student at Coolidge High School in Northwest D.C. was shot on school property by a fellow student on Wednesday, just afte...

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...

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.'s Cheating Investigation Focuses On Only One School

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

A report commissioned by DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in March 2011 and released Wednesday said it didn't find evidence of widespread c...

What if Michelle Rhee Still Ran D.C. Schools?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Kinder and gentler has its virtues. Parents like it, politicians appreciate it, teachers love it and union leaders adore it. But is it the best solution for D.C. students?

Joy Resmovits

Where Do The 'Irreplaceable' Teachers Go?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

The high rate of teachers cycling in and out of schools is detrimental to the education profession and worse for students, decades of policy and resea...

Joy Resmovits

How Sleuths Catch Cheater Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.01.2012 | Education

The first time Bob Wilson, a former DeKalb County, Georgia, district attorney, interviewed educators suspected of cheating on exams in 56 Atlanta scho...

What's Working in Urban Schools

Richard Whitmire | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

In education, changes in outcomes, such as graduation rates and college remediation rates, take years to show improvements. Closer to the ground, there is reason for hope.

Liberating Inner City Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 12.23.2011 | Education
John Thompson

A truly brilliant idea for fixing America's inner city schools has come out of Washington. Kwame Brown seeks to recruit top teachers to low performing schools by freeing them for two or three years from the district's oppressive IMPACT evaluation system.

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...

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. ...