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May 15, 2019
D.C. voucher students don’t see test score gains, but are less likely to be frequently absent, latest research shows
The results are a mixed bag, but offer good news compared to earlier studies of D.C.’s program.
March 5, 2019
D.C. City Council approves Ferebee as chancellor after a grueling confirmation process
Ferebee has gone on an outreach blitz in the district, winning a broad swath of support.
February 12, 2019
As D.C. leaders vet Ferebee, his track record in Indy falls under a harsh spotlight
The D.C. City Council has until April 9 to confirm or reject Ferebee or he will automatically be confirmed.
February 6, 2019
5 questions on Lewis Ferebee’s record in Indianapolis as he seeks to lead D.C. schools
Ferebee is known for his work creating innovation schools, which are part of the district but run by charter or nonprofit operators.
May 29, 2018
D.C.’s private school voucher program hurt low-income students’ math test scores, according to federal study
Low-income students who used a voucher to attend a private school in Washington, D.C., continued to see substantially lower math test scores after two years in the program
February 21, 2018
Antwan Wilson, D.C. schools chancellor and former Denver educator, forced to resign
His resignation comes after a revelation that he skirted the school lottery process so his daughter could transfer to a high-performing school.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)
The idea has a high-profile supporter: The Education Trust, a civil rights and education group now headed by former U.S. Education Secretary John King.
it's about relationships
June 8, 2017
Former Denver administrator, now D.C. schools chief, on why connecting with students matters
A former Denver Public Schools administrator talked about the need to create school environments where students feel valued at a Thursday event in Denver.
December 10, 2013
Market share of charters in Memphis increases to 6 percent
The proportion and number of students enrolled in charter schools is increasing in Memphis and around the country, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' annual update on the "market share" of charter schools in various cities.
December 5, 2013
Districts around the country looking to common application systems for charters, regular schools
New enrollment systems in Washington, D.C. and Newark, N.J. will allow parents to fill out a single application for regular public schools and charter schools in the cities.
December 19, 2012
Advice, caution from early adopters of new teacher evaluations
New York City teachers discussed preparations for new teacher evaluations with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in September 2011. In Washington, D.C., officials shortened a new teacher evaluation checklist after complaints from teachers and principals that it was too long and time-consuming. In Memphis, Tenn., after a year of piloting new evaluations and a summer of training, some principals and teachers remained confused and overwhelmed. In Louisiana, one expert warned of lawsuits as the state began to roll out a truncated observation system without first testing it. But in New Haven, Conn., union officials and reformers alike have praised a collaborative effort to help teachers improve under the city’s new rating system. As New York City officials and union leaders wrangle over the design of new teacher evaluations due to roll out citywide next year, the experiences of other states and districts offer both inspiration and lessons about what not to do.
February 12, 2009
Rhee: Bloomberg asked Klein to bring her red/green plan to NYC
Michelle Rhee touted her red-track/green-track teacher pay proposal last night at Pace University, saying it's made such a splash that Mayor Bloomberg asked Chancellor Joel Klein if they could bring a similar model to New York. The proposal, which is being negotiated with the D.C. teachers union right now, would award some first-year teachers nearly $40,000 raises in exchange for giving up their tenure rights — while others could choose a "red" path where they retain tenure but are paid less. Rhee said the model came up in a recent chat with Klein, who she said she speaks to regularly to share "best practices" and to commiserate. Klein told her that Mayor Bloomberg had asked if they could bring the red/green plan to New York. "Apparently Klein said to him, 'Not even you have enough money to do all of that in New York City,'" she said. Rhee's plan, if passed, will be financed by private philanthropy for the first five years, she said. A spokesman for the Department of Education, David Cantor, said the story is true. Rhee spent part of her talk referencing the divide within the Democratic Party, where some education experts argue focus should be on improving schools and schools alone and others push for a broader focus. Rhee, who is firmly in the first camp, along with Klein, explained her objections to the second group by describing her experience as a second-year teacher.
November 11, 2008
For a short time yesterday in D.C., my dream world came true
From the Associated Press’s big scoop, revealing that Michelle Obama visited two Washington, D.C., private schools yesterday, is a nugget that is much more…
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