On a given day in the course of running the 47,000-student D.C. Public Schools system, Chancellor Kaya Henderson could be handing out iPads, reading to elementary school kids, or haggling with a councilmember.
But running one of the country’s most-watched public school systems means something else, too: hitting up a group of well-heeled donors for cash and ideas. Like her controversial predecessor, Michelle Rhee, Henderson has found her way onto the circuit of private groups hoping to influence the District’s public schools.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, LL obtained Henderson’s calendar between January 2013 and August 2015 to see who’s working with the chancellor behind the scenes. It turns out that while Henderson has avoided becoming a Rhee-style lightning rod in the education wars, she shares with her predecessor many of the same backers in the world of school reform. Read more Kaya Henderson’s Calendar: Fundraising, Fundraising, and More Fundraising
D.C., Maryland behind wait for new Metro general manager. [WAMU]
Connections between FreshPAC donors and city business. [WAMU]
Advisory Board's potential tax break advances. [WBJ]
School performance looks grim with new test. [City Desk]
Carefirst surplus put on the backburner. [WBJ] Read more LL Links
Congress Heights residents want a "displacement-free zone" around the Wizards site. [LL, Post]
New test results provide a "sobering" picture of District education. [Post, WAMU]
Vincent Orange's "Statehood or Else" slogan confuses activists. [City Desk]
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Muriel Bowser announces the Wizards practice facility deal in September
Muriel Bowser's proposal for a Wizards practice facility on Congress Heights' St. Elizabeths campus got a positive airing at a community meeting last night. Aside from the guy who called it "witchcraft."
Despite mostly welcoming the practice facility and arena for the WNBA's Mystics, Ward 8 residents fretted that a business boom around the new site could push them out. One woman recalled a recent visit to 14th Street NW, once the city's red-light district and now more like its tapas district.
"I don't want Ward 8 to look like that," she said.
Read more Congress Heights Residents Want Wizards Deal And ‘Displacement-Free Zone’ To Go With It
What it's like to live through the District's surge in violence. [Post, Post]
Muriel Bowser staffers told to stand when the mayor comes to their office. [LL]
Noise bill opposed by nightlife barons. [City Desk]
McMillan gets a hearing. [WBJ]
Opponents of Pepco-Exelon merger oppose rushed review. [WAMU]
Events D.C. blamed for Marine Corps Marathon's move to National Harbor. [WBJ]
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Staffers in Muriel Bowser's Mayor's Office of Community Affairs had better be on their feet when the mayor is around. Bowser staffers have been told to stand when she enters their office, according to an email obtained by LL through the Freedom of Information Act.
In a Feb. 5 email to executive assistant Bernedia Long, Bowser community affairs director Charon P.W. Hines told her staff to get moving when the mayor is around.
"Please send a message to all the staff in the [Mayor's Office of Community Affairs] suite letting them know when the Mayor enters the MOCA suite, all of us must stand to greet her," Hines wrote. Read more Bowser Staffers Told to Stand When Mayor Enters Room
The city considers new Franklin School proposals. [WBJ]
Colby King is hyped up on next year's D.C. Council races. [Post]
Events D.C. disputes numbers in critical audit. [WBJ]
District settles lawsuit with firefighters. [Post]
Mary Cheh's getting a tattoo. [City Desk, WAMU]
David Garber talks to Greater Greater Washington. [GGW]
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The hundreds of practically homeless people who operate out of a Northeast storage warehouse. [Post]
LL on TV. [Fox5]
Muriel Bowser faces a tough week. [LL]
Even the Blade's Peter Rosenstein doesn't like FreshPAC. [Blade]
Tattoo types want to put a pin in new regs. [WAMU]
Newly rowdy Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh on The Politics Hour at noon. [WAMU]
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DDOT assistant director Sam Zimbabwe (far left) hears from a bike lane opponent
The United House of Prayer on 6th and M streets NW has survived the District's changing demographics and criticism over its real estate empire. But now the church billed as "God's White House" faces a dire threat: bike lanes.
"We consider it a threat to our existence," UHOP pastor A.D. Cunningham said, speaking at a District Department of Transportation-sponsored meeting about proposed bike lanes near the church.
UHOP parishioners, along with opponents from other churches and bike lane supporters, crowded into the packed meeting room at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library Thursday night to talk about the bike lane proposal.
The audience was nearly all African American and nearly all opposed to the bike lanes. When one opponent asked her bike lane compatriots to stand up to show DDOT staff their opposition to the lanes, nearly the entire room joined her.
"Are you getting this visual?" she said.
The discussion was too heated, both rhetorically and literally, to last. With the room filled beyond capacity, library police shut the event down an hour early.
Read more Pastors: 6th Street Bike Lanes A ‘Cancer’ That Will Destroy Church
Kenyan McDuffie opposes parts of Bowser's crime bill.
This toddler had some tough opinions on Muriel Bowser. Standing outside the Congress Heights Metro station, the baby carried a sign saying “#IDFWU, Muriel Bowser.” For the hashtag-illiterate, that’s “I don’t ___ with you,” with the “F” being a word LL hopes a baby doesn’t know.
That child—or at least the sign-making parent—represents a problem for the mayor, and they marched with roughly a hundred other problems for Bowser’s young administration Tuesday night in Congress Heights to oppose Bowser’s new crime bill. Read more Swallow the Leader: Opposition to Bowser and Her Agenda Grows