[News 12/7/07] TGIF edition

[D.C.] Mayor Fenty will recommend spending unanticipated tax revenues of $50 million on housing for the homeless. (WaPo, 12/7) 

rhee“D.C. Schools Chief Faces Ire on Closings” (free registration required–EducationWeek, 12/7) 
– Rhee, on closings: “These decisions have not been made; they are not finalized. This is the beginning of the process.” 
– On the employee termination issue, a spokeswoman said: Ms. Rhee does not intend to conduct a wholesale firing of central-office employees. “She just wants to be able to have the same authority that most CEOs and other government managers have to move ineffective employees out of positions.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (WG member) funds a groundbreaking data system for Houston Independent School District. ASPIRE (Accelerating Student Progress, Increasing Results & Expectations) will help “monitor student growth and identify what works and what is needed to help students succeed.” (wire, 12/6)

[Va.] Prince William Co.’s teacher salaries lag behind those in nearby counties. (WaPo, 12/7)

“The Phillips Collection Appoints New Director” (12/5) – Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, will assume her post in spring 2008.

“Nonprofit Sector Workforce Coalition Elects First Governing Board” (wire, 12/6), including WG Board member Patrick Corvington of The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Robert Wood Johnson gives $10M to curb nursing shortage (NJ.com, 12/6)