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DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee Says Schools Are "Incredibly Prepared"

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DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee says they are "incredibly prepared" for the first day of school.
Kavitha Cardoza
DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee says they are "incredibly prepared" for the first day of school.

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.’s traditional public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says everyone is “incredibly prepared” for the beginning of school. Thousands of children heading back to school will see changes in DCPS this year.

There are 350 new teachers and 30 new principals, 700 more three and four-year-olds attending school and revised menu options that are expected to be more nutritious.

Rhee says there are no major challenges this year, and for the rest of the week they’ll just have to make what she calls "tweaks."

“When more kids come up on day one than we had anticipated, then we’re going to make sure there are teachers here for tomorrow morning. So it’s slight modifications like that but no, we don’t have any major issues that we’re facing as in years past,” says Rhee.

This is the first year enrollment figures have been expected to increase in DCPS after years of decline. An annual headcount which is audited will take place in October.

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