SHORT READS: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1

Study Finds Urban Schools Often Neglect Top Teachers While Keeping Weaker Ones

City Solicits Designs for Ellington School Renovation

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $27 Million to School Districts, Community Organizations for Physical Education and Nutrition Education

Is a charter school chain called Rocketship ready to soar across America?

Food for Thought on the Recent DC Schools Quality Report

Study Finds Urban Schools Often Neglect Top Teachers While Keeping Weaker Ones

A new study finds that urban schools are systematically neglecting their best teachers, losing tens of thousands every year even as they keep many of their lowest-performing teachers indefinitely—with disastrous consequences for students, schools, and the teaching profession.

 City Solicits Designs for Ellington School Renovation

The upcoming renovation of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts — an estimated $82 million job that will require the school to relocate for two years — moved forward last month with an official invitation for architects to submit designs.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $27 Million to School Districts, Community Organizations for Physical Education and Nutrition Education

The U.S. Department of Education today awarded 56 grants totaling $27 million to school districts and community organizations who plan to implement comprehensive physical fitness and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). Since the program began in 2001, the department has awarded more than $620 million in funding to expand and improve physical and nutrition education programs across the country for students in kindergarten through high school.

Is a charter school chain called Rocketship ready to soar across America?

Inside a prefabricated beige building hard by the freight tracks, John Danner thinks he has solved one of the nation’s most vexing problems.

Food for Thought on the Recent DC Schools Quality Report

In his recently released One City Action Plan, Mayor Gray refers to recommendations within a DC schools consultant report. The IFF report, as it is known, has been controversial for several reasons, most notably, that it suggests the District should close or reinvent 38 traditional DC public schools and three DC public charter schools. The report argues a turnaround in many of these schools could occur by having high-performing charter school operators replace low-performing DC public schools.

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