Ruling allows candidates to run for two DC offices simultaneously

District lawmakers who are up for re-election in November and choose to seek the seat of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown can simultaneously run for two offices, the city’s elections board ruled Monday. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics declared that Brown’s seat was vacant and scheduled a special election for Nov. 6 — the same day as the general election.

Fairfax to base 40% of teacher evaluations on student progress

Fairfax County school officials announced plans for a new evaluation system Monday that would base 40 percent of a teacher’s performance on student achievement.

A future for teachers unions, but only with a fight

While teachers unions generally scoff at this sort of sloganeering, most lack any effective strategy of resistance to the “student”-focused, union-busting, scorched-earth privatization pushed by Rhee and her billionaire colleagues. Chicago’s teachers union, the third largest in the country, is a light forward. On Friday, teachers surpassed the 75% quota necessary to authorize a strike, which would take place come the fall if the union decides to move forward with it. More impressive than this figure is the work that made it possible.

Coalition for Community Schools applauds the DC Council

The National Coalition for Community Schools applauds the D.C. City Council for passing the landmark Community Schools Incentives Act and for the Council’s continued support for meaningful and equitable education reform in Washington D.C.

The $1 million in funding, which the Council recently approved, will provide $200,000 to five schools to incorporate health, youth development, social services, and academic support through community partnerships into their schools.

Embattled DC Council set to make Phil Mendelson interim chairman

He is a legislator more concerned with details than charisma, which in part explains why he’s poised to be elected council’s interim chairman.

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