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December 2017 HTML Newsletter

December 2017 The terrible, heartbreaking story about Ballou should remind all of us that when there is inadequate oversight of our educational institutions, the losers are our kids, especially those whose educational needs are the greatest and whose families have the least political power.    According to the WAMU report, most of the Ballou students who …

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A Memo to the DC Public Schools Chancellor

by Markus Batchelor and Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 8 and Ward 3 members of the DC State Board Of Education lead article in City Paper, Aug 3, 2017, For the full article, click here:  Enough with the mandates and rosy data.  Our recommendations for really raising student achievement.  “Most people don’t realize it, but the high schools …

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January 12 (2016) Newsletter HTML

January 12 Newsletter! Happy New Year to all! To get on my regular newsletter list, email me ruth4schools@yahoo.com. @ruth4schools, ruth4schools.com, ruth4schools@yahoo.com School News:-PARCC scores; TAG grants funded; DCPS budget process starts Events: “Rosenwald Schools” Film; Ward 3-Wilson Feeder Education Network; Cross-Sector Task Force on Collaboration; City Council Hearing on proposed change to truancy; Special Ed …

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Back-to-school (2015) newsletter

To get on my regular email list, email ruth4schools@yahoo.com. Follow me on twitter @ruth4schools.  Email me at ruth4schools@yahoo.com. Wilson Budget Saga–better, but continuing; Free Metro; PARCC Standards; What We Need to Know About DC Schools and Don’t; Credit Flexibility for HS students? Diplomas for GED recipients? For those of you with kids in school, I …

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April 2015 HTML Newsletter

Newsletter, April 7, 2015 Lots of school news! Budget cuts proposed for Wilson… State Board of Education calls for study of over-testing and curriculum narrowing… Language Immersion Schools… Parent Cabinet… PARCC Comments? Quick Communications Logistics: Some of you are receiving this on a listserve; others as an email. If you’re reading this on a listserve …

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PARCC and State Board of Education Meeting (3/18/15)

PARCC assessment:  DC’s new student assessments are now being administered for the first time.  For basic information on the tests, questions and answers, and helpful, interesting links (including links to sample questions!), see my new  PARCC page by clicking here or on the PARCC button on the top navigation.  How is it going in your school?  As part of its …

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