Posts Tagged ‘schools’

Water Testing Reveals Petroleum Contamination; Four Schools Closed (Updated)

Don't drink the water yet if you live in parts of Shaw or Logan Circle.

High-Spending DCPS Lags in Funding for High-Poverty Schools

Other jurisdictions in the area give more extra money to schools with lots of at-risk students, a new report says.

Preaching to the Test: The Mayoral Candidates on D.C.’s Public Schools

Muriel Bowser, David Catania, and Carol Schwartz on solving D.C.'s biggest puzzle

Poll: Most D.C. Residents Support School-Assignment Changes

Maybe mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania will rethink their opposition to a plan they can't easily undo.

Zone Defense

It took just 20 minutes from the time Mayor Vince Gray announced his planned overhaul of the city’s public school assignment system last Thursday for the boos to start raining down on the DC Urban Moms and Dads online discussion forum. “Well, that sucks,” was the first reaction, from a Crestwood resident posting anonymously. “Just [...]

Bowser Opposes School Reform Plan for Worsening “Educational Inequality”

A day after her top rival in the mayoral race announced his opposition to Mayor Vince Gray's plan to overhaul public-school boundaries and assignment policies, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser says in a statement that she, too, can't support the plan.
Last week, Gray unveiled a series of changes that will comprehensively reform D.C.'s system for assigning students to public [...]

Are Children a Drain on the District? Gray Doesn’t Think So.

Once upon a time, most D.C. parents with the means to do so took their kids out of the public school system: to private schools, to the suburbs—anywhere but the troubled public schools. The trend only accelerated after 1996, when Congress and the D.C. Council voted to allow charter schools in the District, giving rich and poor [...]

Catania Resolves to Delay School-Assignment Changes

Four days after Mayor Vince Gray unveiled his plan to overhaul the city's school-assignment policies for the first time in more than 40 years, one of the two leading candidates to succeed him is taking a stand against the changes.
David Catania, who chairs the D.C. Council's education committee and is running for mayor as an independent, [...]

New Mayor May Have Little Room to Change School-Assignment Policies

Yesterday, Mayor Vince Gray officially adopted a sweeping set of changes to the system that assigns D.C. students to public schools. But by the time the new school boundaries and policies go into effect in the 2015-2016 school year, Gray will no longer be mayor, raising the question of what other D.C. politicians and officials can do to [...]

Who’s Affected by the School-Assignment Changes

Now that Mayor Vince Gray has adopted a set of changes to the city's school-assignment policies, the question many D.C. parents are likely asking is: How will this affect me? The office of Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith has released some data that help answer this question. Here's a rundown.
High School
Most families—63 percent—won't experience any change [...]