Posts Tagged ‘Charter Schools’

Chatter: Brad to the Bone

In which readers compare Mrs. Bradley to a Renaissance duchess—not in a good way

Map: Where D.C.’s Homeless Children Go to School

At least 3,158 homeless children were enrolled in public and charter schools as of mid-January this year.

Why Do Other Parents Care Where I Send My Kid to School?

A little over a month ago, the Washington Post ran a map of how proposed boundary reforms would adjust various D.C. public schools’ feeder patterns, and my neighborhood erupted. The Petworth Parents email list was suddenly afire with messages from parents trying to kickstart coalitions and campaigns to keep their kids and homes in-boundary for [...]

More Than Half of DCPS Students Who Attended a Closed School Not Re-Enrolling This Year

More than half of District students who attended 10 of the 13 public schools that were shuttered in June because of low enrollment numbers did not sign up to attend a District public school for this upcoming school year, WAMU reported today.
This is a potentially big hit for the D.C. public school system, which [...]

Charters See A Bump In Enrollment

The Post's Bill Turque reports that more than 2000 new students have enrolled in charter schools this school year, bringing enrollment up eight percent. We wonder how the bump is spread across schools—considering how poorly a lot of District charters are ranked. Meanwhile, public school enrollment is down one percent, and charters now educate 41 [...]

D.C. Public Charter Schools Ranked

Today the District released rankings of the 71 public charter school campuses in the city—not including adult- and disabled-serving schools. According to the Post: "Schools that win top-ranking are exempt from further in-depth monitoring by charter board staff. Officials said Tier III schools will get additional scrutiny, including consideration for possible closure by the board."
Complete [...]

Vincent Gray’s Education Plan Takes Aim At Fenty Ribbon Cuttings

Mayoral hopeful Vincent Gray released his education plan today which places heavy emphasis on transparency, citizen involvement, and giving charter schools more respect (but have they earned it?). On the Michelle Rhee front: He endorses a strong chancellor, but stops short of endorsing Rhee's top-down style. Embedded in all the lofty rhetoric, there's a few [...]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—"Lucky Bar Patron Not So Lucky," "Howard's Bid To Move Hospital Worries Those Left Behind," "Bag Tax Funding Restored To River Clean Up"
Howdy. D.C. Council [...]

Charter School Pledges To ‘Not Coerce’ Unionizing Teachers

A former history teacher at the Cesar Chavez charter high school on Capitol Hill has accepted a $15,000 settlement to end his dispute with the school's administration, which he claims fired him for trying to start a union.
David Krakow, 28, tells City Desk that, under the terms of the deal, the charter school has further agreed to [...]

Are D.C. Public Schools a Lost Cause?

It's high school graduation season here in the nation's capital which means two things: ridiculous crowds outside Constitution Hall all day, every day; and the publication of Education Week's graduation issue.  It's the latter that is causing greater concern because contained in the June 11 edition are the results of the magazine's ten-year analysis of [...]

Watch Council Witness Eat Crow

Note to potential D.C. Council witnesses: Best not to diss councilmembers ahead of your testimony. Especially in writing.
Just ask Robert Cane.
Yesterday, the executive director of Friends of Choice in Public Education was among dozens of charter school advocates who showed up at a council budget hearing to plead for a restoration of facilities funding for [...]

The Vince ‘n’ Victor Show Continues

Last month, LL covered the sizable personality conflict between D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso.
The conflict remains.
On Tuesday, Reinoso showed up before Gray for his office's budget hearing. Among the topics discussed was the charter school facility allotment, which is, rather controversially, being cut by $24 million. Gray [...]

Fenty’s Proposed Layoffs Should Avoid DCPS

This morning, LL was all over Fenty's announced District gov job cuts. Our aggressive political scribe reported: "Of the remaining 776 employees the mayor is proposing to lay off, 250 are in DCPS—mostly teachers aides and support staff, Tangherlini says." This may not seem like scary news, but it is.
I know what your thinking: teachers [...]

The Last Morning At City Lights Public Charter School

The teacher's lounge has turned into a showroom. Everything wears a Post-It with a price in blue ink. The conference table is selling for $150. The fridge is going for $50. The microwave is a steal at $5. Today is the last day for the City Lights Public Charter School.
Everything must go. Including that microwave.
"This [...]

PCSB Chair: “I Serve at the Pleasure of the Mayor”

LL just caught Tom Nida, the chair of the Public Charter School Board, ahead of the board's monthly meeting tonight.
Asked about Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's demand that, in the wake of the Washington Post's reporting on alleged self-dealing, he resign his post, Nida said, "I serve at the pleasure of the mayor."
Asked if he would [...]