Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

Is Our Children Learning About 9/11?

A Tufts University study finds that while the District and 20 states do discuss the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in their high school social studies curricula, they don't have much context or detail. Fourteen states don't mention the attacks at all in texts that have been updated since 2001.
While the researchers don't want states that [...]

October: The Month In Photos

Teachers Make Rap Video to Motivate Students for Testing

This week, students at the city's public schools are taking their high-stakes standardized tests—the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS.
But how to motivate kids to reach new heights of testing achievement? Snacks? Field trips? Inspiring speakers?
Teachers at one school, Petworth's E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, decided that a music video would be the way to [...]

DCPS Surplus Revelation Threatens to Blow Up Teacher Contract Deal

UPDATED 6:05 P.M.
A week after a new D.C. Public Schools teacher contract proposal was rolled out with great fanfare, fiscal revelations aired today leave its ultimate implementation very much in doubt.
Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Washington Teachers' Union head George Parker appeared at a D.C. Council administrative meeting earlier today to brief councilmembers on the agreement. [...]

Major Fire at Eastern High School

UPDATED 5:55 P.M.
Smoke billowed this afternoon from the roof of Eastern Senior High School, which is nearing the end of a $76 million renovation.
According to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, firefighters responded to reports of heavy black smoke coming from the building's roof shortly before 4:30 p.m. By 4:45, a second alarm had been [...]

DCPS Teacher Contract to Be Unveiled; Big Raises Funded By $65M in Private Money

UPDATED 7 P.M.
The D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers' Union are set to unveil their long-awaited contract proposal, bringing to a close negotiations that have dragged on for the duration of Chancellor Michelle Rhee's tenure.
An announcement could come as soon as tomorrow, debuting an agreement that would offer city teachers significant raises plus [...]

Michelle Obama to Address Anacostia HS Grads

Fresh from the White House press office:
On June 11th, Mrs. Obama will address the Anacostia Senior High School Commencement, a DC public school that Mrs. Obama visited in the spring of 2009 in conjunction with her Women of Excellence event and her early mentoring activities as First Lady.
Last year, FLOTUS spoke at the commencement for [...]

DCPS Announces Snow Make-Up Days

The D.C. Public Schools have decided how students will make up the four-and-a-half days in the classroom they lost due to Snowpocalypse 2010.
As LL noted earlier this month, students will be expected on June 21 and 22—the built-in make-up days scheduled for the Monday and Tuesday after school was originally slated to end. In addition: [...]

DCPS: Two Make-Up Days Set, Perhaps More

With this afternoon's announcement that school is canceled for tomorrow, the D.C. Public Schools will have lost four instructional days by the time they're expected to open on Tuesday. (Friday was already scheduled as a teacher-training day.)
You know what that means: Make-up days!
Spokesperson Jennifer Calloway says two make-up days have already been "built in" to [...]

Weekend in Review: Snowbigdeal

Everything's closed, we got tons of snow, there's more in the forecast. Yeah, we know all of the above.
What we really want to know is what happened within the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty between roughly 5 pm and 9 pm. At the former hour, his people put out the word that the [...]

Fenty Wants Parents to Use DCPS Enrollment Process He Didn’t Use

The D.C. Public Schools announced today that the annual out-of-boundary lottery process has begun, whereby parents can apply to take their kids out of their low-performing neighborhood school and, through a lottery process, put them in better-performing schools, many of which are west of Rock Creek Park.
That, of course, is what Mayor Adrian M. Fenty [...]

WTU President: Teacher Sex Misconduct Charges ‘Not Substantiated’

A top union official isn't satisfied with Michelle Rhee's explanations thus far of her controversial comments to Fast Company magazine.
Yesterday, Rhee explained that when she described "teachers...who had had sex with children," she referred to a teacher that was being investigated for sexual misconduct at the time of the layoffs. But George Parker, president of [...]

Michelle Rhee Explains Fast Company Quote

D.C. Public Schools chief Michelle Rhee has responded to calls that she explain her comment that a laid-off teacher "had had sex with children." The response came in the form of a letter to several councilmembers [PDF] who had expressed concern about the statement to a business magazine.
The letter followed informal explanations provided to WRC-TV [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Vincent Gray

"Maybe we ought to just disband this council. Why did we spend hours working on a budget...only for you to second-guess us?"
—D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Oct. 29

It’s Official: Wilson HS Is Moving to UDC

WaPo's Bill Turque reported earlier this month that students at Wilson Senior High School would have to relocate while the city renovated their historic Tenleytown campus, and that the University of the District of Columbia would be a likely spot for their interlude.
Well, it's now official: Wilson principal Pete Cahall informed parents today in an [...]

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