Education: A Golden Age

“The education sector’s structure and policies will change more in the next 3 years than they changed in the last 2,500 years”

Washington, DC: Free global mathematics education for one Grade 6-entering student at every school

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2008/04/1 Posted by | 2008 mathematics initiatives, Mathematics, Middle school, US, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Washington, DC: towards student-demand-driven teacher allocation


A Contract for Change

Reform of D.C. schools hinges on new teacher rules

Washington Post editorial | Friday, February 22, 2008

Rules that put the interests of teachers ahead of the educational needs of children must be changed if Ms. Rhee is to succeed in transforming the system.

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2008/03/19 Posted by | Policy, US, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Washington D.C. area: performance pay for teachers


Pilot Plan for Incentive Pay Unveiled

By Nelson Hernandez
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 5, 2008; B05

Prince George’s County education and labor leaders unveiled a much-anticipated pilot program yesterday that will offer teachers and administrators at 12 schools incentive pay for good performance. Continue reading

2008/03/7 Posted by | Performance pay, Policy, Unions, US, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Washington D.C. Bill On School Firings Advances

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By Nikita Stewart
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 19, 2007; B01 Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee won an initial victory yesterday in her effort to shake up the school district’s central office as the D.C. Council voted 10 to 3 to give her the power to fire nonunion workers without cause, an action supporters say could remove a major barrier to education reform.The council also unanimously approved supplemental budget legislation providing $81 million to fill a gap in the schools’ budget.

“Today is a momentous day for District of Columbia public schools,” Rhee said at a news briefing after the vote on the personnel bill. “It marks truly an amazing first step that we are finally going to put the best interest of students above everything else.”

Council members also called it a day in which they put the needs of the 50,000 children in the troubled school system first.

“This is not the time to be timid,” said Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3).

2007/12/18 Posted by | Education administration, Policy, Washington DC | Leave a comment