April 22, 2013 |
D.C. Council members, advocates and parents raised questions Monday about Mayor Vincent C. Gray's push to reduce the number of special-education students who attend private schools at public expense. The effort has saved tens of millions of dollars and reduced segregation of students with disabilities, but it has triggered concerns that some students are being made to attend city schools that aren't equipped to handle their needs. "We all want to believe that [D.C. Public Schools]
November 25, 2012 |
As District parents and activists organize to oppose Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's proposal to close 20 city schools , a potentially larger and more divisive fight looms. Henderson plans to overhaul D.C. school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time since the 1970s. The move, which will come after Henderson finalizes the school-closure plan in January, is likely to limit access to some of the city's most sought- after and best-performing schools, including Alice Deal Middle and Woodrow Wilson...
March 21, 2013 |
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday named Abigail Smith, a former Teach for America executive with leadership experience in both traditional D.C. schools and charters, as the city's next deputy mayor for education. If confirmed by the D.C. Council, Smith will replace De'Shawn Wright , who resigned in the fall to take a job in his native New York. Wright's chief of staff, Jennifer Leonard, has been serving in an interim capacity. "Abigail has devoted her entire career to working with families, teachers...
April 17, 2012 |
On the surface, the public schools in two small Northern Virginia cities share much in common. Manassas and Manassas Park draw many students who speak limited English or come from poor families. Both are intimate school systems, with fewer than 10,000 students, overshadowed by the second-largest school system in the state in surrounding Prince William County. Despite the similarities, the city known as "the Park" holds an edge over Manassas in student achievement. About 85 percent...
June 3, 2013 |
D.C. Council member David A. Catania plans to announce wide-ranging legislation Tuesday that could substantially reshape the city's public education system, as he seeks to increase funding to educate poor children, give more power to principals, change the city's school lottery system and end social promotion of children who are performing below grade level. The legislation, a package of seven bills Catania drafted privately, represents the council's most aggressive attempt to overhaul...
April 30, 2011 |
As Joshua P. Starr was leaving his office here one day last week, an elderly woman stopped the city schools chief to offer congratulations. She had heard that Starr was just named the next superintendent of the prestigious Montgomery County public school system . "One piece of advice," the woman said, beckoning the 6-foot-5 educator to come closer. "Work on your people skills. " In six years as superintendent in this city just outside New York, Starr has built a resume strong enough to win over the board...