Posts Tagged ‘DCPS’

Kaya Henderson: Wilson High Principal’s Firing “Final”

Kaya Henderson says she won't reconsider principal's fate.

Fired Wilson High Principal Blasts DCPS in Letter

Principal made news by coming out as gay

Morning Links

GAO rejects budget autonomy referendum. [City Desk, WAMU, Post, Times]
Fire lieutenant on leave during investigation into man's death outside fire station. [Times, Post]
DCPS was warned about cheating, didn't do much about it. [AP, Post]
Post ed board: fire department is "a national embarrassment." [Post]
April primary candidates face off in Sixth & I Synagogue forums. [LL, Post]
Walter Reed development gets HUD blessing. [...]

David Catania, Media Critic

David Catania isn't the first councilmember to tangle with Washington Post editorial writer Jo-Ann Armao. He may be the first, though, to compare her to the title character in The Wizard of Oz.
For those who missed the movie or James Franco's 2013 prequel, Catania provided a recap at today's education committee hearing. The wizard—"a harmless, elderly illusionist," per Catania—was [...]

School House Blocked

Fingers tented under his chin, David Catania is listening. He’s heard about how fingerprinting aimed at detecting sex offenders scares well-meaning parents away from schools, and about classrooms where the Internet is too slow for their new computers. Now, at a meeting on education in Ward 7, he’s hearing a Woodson High School senior read [...]

Morning Links

Less than half of D.C. public school students in closed schools re-enrolled. [WAMU]
Chartered, Jeff Thompson's former company, settles a potentially $30 million bill for $8.4 million. [WBJ]
Beer lot plan backed by the mayor's son earns harsh words from police chief Cathy Lanier. [Post]
Public school teacher salaries lead charter school equivalent. [Post]
Ribbon cut on new Dunbar High [...]

D.C. Schools See Biggest Test Improvements Since 2008

Between the 2011-2012 school year and 2012-2013, D.C. students in public and charter schools averaged a 3.9 percent increase in math proficiency and a 4.1 percent increase in reading proficiency on the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System, the largest gains in the system since 2008.
"Yes!" said Mayor Vince Gray, who kicked off the results announcement [...]

DCPS Blows Drug Testing Deadline

In 2008, under the logic that stoned people don't make the best caretakers, the D.C. Council passed a law requiring random drug and alcohol testing for city employees who interact with kids. Last year, the inspector general's office found that the D.C. public schools still weren't drug testing employees or applicants. DCPS promised to start [...]

Catania Introduces Education Bills, Irks Gray and Henderson

There's a lot to unpack in the seven education bills David Catania introduced at today's D.C. Council meeting. Catania has legislation to increase per-pupil school funding in poorer schools, create a plan to turn struggling schools into "Innovation Schools,"  change how students are promoted through grades, create a unified lottery for out-of-boundary schools, and make [...]

Hard Luck: Five Years After a Horrible Attack, Teacher Francis Bolden’s Life is Still Broken

On Oct. 11, 2005, McKinley Tech gym teacher Francis Bolden punished a trouble-making student for horsing around on treadmills. The student retaliated by picking up a fire extinguisher and dropping it from a second-story balcony onto Bolden’s head.
Bolden initially thought he’d been hit in the head with a basketball, until a student informed him that [...]