SHORT READS: FRIDAY AUGUST 3

  • Henderson on Hot Seat during Ward 5 Forum
  • | Vouchers given to 1788 D.C. public school students
  • | DC to weaken link between test scores, teacher ratings
  • | Federal Special Ed. Ratings Fault D.C.—Again
  • | In DC, Save Our Schools eyes education policy

Henderson on Hot Seat during Ward 5 Forum

District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson strode into the packed cafeteria at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast on July 24, flashing an infectious smile that reflected her eagerness to enlighten the crowd about her five-year plan for the beleaguered system.

Vouchers given to 1788 D.C. public school students
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a Democrat, has opposed the voucher program, arguing that true school choice lies with a robust system of traditional public schools and charter schools.

DC to weaken link between test scores, teacher ratings
The new evaluation system would also reduce the number of classroom observations teachers must undergo and add a new performance category to recognize “developing teachers.”

Federal Special Ed. Ratings Fault D.C.—Again
Since the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states have been required to draft plans that say how they will meet the requirements of the law for school-age students, and then report on how they lived up to their plans. For the sixth consecutive year, the District of Columbia has fallen short of meeting federal special education goals, the worst record of any state in the country, according to the latest annual state ratings from the U.S. Department of Education.

In DC, Save Our Schools eyes education policy
Teachers, students, parents and community activists from across the United States will kick off a three-day conference Friday in Washington, D.C., to unite against policies they say are corrosive to the nation’s education system.

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