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March 14, 2016

Hire Better Teachers by Stressing Auditions, Academic Background: Study

District could see benefits from hiring teachers who ace audition lessons and have strong academic backgrounds, a study concludes.

February 10, 2016

Teacher Evaluation Primed for Overhaul in D.C.

Among other things, the independent "master educator" observations will be eliminated.

January 25, 2016

Replacing Some D.C. Teachers Boosted Achievement (But Your Mileage May Vary)

When low-performing teachers were replaced with new teachers, students did significantly better, the study found.

September 17, 2015

Teachers Who Spend Their Own Money on Supplies Could Get Tax Break

Teachers who spend their own money on their classrooms would be eligible for a permanent tax deduction of up to $250 worth of folders, stickers, whiteboards, and anything else they need, under a bill passed Thursday by the House Ways and Means committee.

June 16, 2015

Ed. Policy Irony: Union Pushes Back on D.C. Plan to Shield Evaluation Data

In a reversal of roles, the union says that the district is trying to hide crucial information on the controversial educator-evaluation system.

June 19, 2014

D.C. Announces One-Year Pause of 'Value Added' for Teachers' Evaluations

D.C. won't use a test-score-based method for judging teachers in 2014-15.

April 02, 2014

D.C. Voters Oust Mayor Gray: Uncertainties Remain on Schools, Evaluations

What will happen to Washington's high-profile education initiatives, such as the IMPACT teacher-evaluation system, once a new mayor takes office?

October 17, 2013

Teacher Gains in D.C. Linked to Overhaul of Evaluations

The city's closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay appears to have motivated weak teachers to make improvements, and to spur already-effective teachers to even higher levels of performance, a study finds.

September 17, 2012

Rhee's StudentsFirst Names New, High-Profile Board

At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate Bill Cosby; • decorated television journalist Connie Ch...

June 25, 2012

StudentsFirst Raises $7.6 million in 2010-11

Education advocacy group StudentsFirst seems to have raised about $7.6 million between its founding in October 2010 and July 2011, according to tax forms released today by the group.

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