Posts Tagged ‘education’

Nobody Lives in UDC President’s Costly House

For a school that's mulled cutting its athletic teams and ditching majors to save money, the University of the District of Columbia has a pretty swanky house for its president. Between 2007 and 2011, the university spent almost $500,000 fixing up the Chevy Chase home—so much money that the home improvements featured in an internal audit of UDC spending.
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Read Vince Gray’s State of the District Speech Here

Mayor Vince Gray is set to deliver his 2014 State of the District address Tuesday night at Kelly Miller Middle School in Lincoln Heights. Here's the text as prepared for delivery:
Good evening. Thank you to the Navy JROTC Color Guard from the Columbia Heights Educational Campus for helping lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance tonight. And to [...]

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 [...]

Vince Gray Cuts Ribbon on New Dunbar High School, Including Academy Named After Him

While questions persist about whether Mayor Vince Gray will face charges related the 2010 shadow campaign to elect him, the administrators at Dunbar High School, at least, aren't expecting Gray to be disgraced any time soon.
Gray, part of the Dunbar class of 1959, returned to his alma mater this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the sharp [...]

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 [...]