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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.

July 15, 2011

D.C. to Reward, Dismiss Teachers Based on Evaluations

The District of Columbia plans to give raises and bonuses to more than 600 teachers and dismiss some 200 others based primarily on data generated by its teacher-evaluation system, officials announced today.

May 23, 2011

Rhee Teams Up With Former Union Chief Parker

Top on the list of stories that caught my attention this morning as I was catching up on last week's news was the announcement that former Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker would be joining former District of Columbia Chancellor Michelle Rhee's advocacy group, Students First, as a s...

March 22, 2011

Scrutiny Increases as D.C.'s IMPACT Matures

A report explores the first year of data from D.C.'s IMPACT teacher evaluation system.

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