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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Redistricting shouldn’t matter so much


Redistricting has generated a lot of ire, as it does every 10 years. The D.C. Council should redistrict more impartially, but redistricting also shouldn’t matter as much as it does. There are many ways that the ward boundaries matter far more than they should.

Capitol Hill residents, for example, were afraid moving Eastern High School into Ward 7 would impair their ability to improve education. Why should that be? The school boundaries wouldn’t change. DCPS shouldn’t be giving the ward councilmember outsize influence over any policies of that particular school.

Yet the ward member does have some of that power. If they didn’t, Tommy Wells wouldn’t have cared about keeping Eastern High School and Eliot-Hine Junior High in Ward 6. Last night, Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) rallied her ward for the opposite, to move Eastern and Eliot-Hine to Ward 7.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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