On Tuesday, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the planned closure of 19 D.C .public schools. Thankfully (but not surprisingly) Hyde-Addison was not on the list. But a school just a stone’s throw from Georgetown was included: Francis-Stevens.
Francis-Stevens is a school that was formed into its current state only a few years ago. In 2008, the District closed the historic Stevens School at 21st and K Street. The elementary school program it offered was shifted to the Francis Middle School at 24th and N. Since then, the combined Francis-Stevens has offered preschool through Grade 8. After it is closed, the School Without Walls High School will get even more walls by using Francis -Stevens as a satellite campus.
But what happens to the kids at Francis-Stevens? Under the current plan, the middle-school-age kids would be moved to Hardy. The elementary-school kids would go to Marie Reed in Adams-Morgan.
On one level it makes sense to shift the elementary age kids to Marie Reed. It’s got a lot of capacity, and the majority of kids attending Francis-Stevens are out-of-boundary, so Marie Reed might even be closer to their home.
But what about that quarter of kids who are actually from Foggy Bottom? Should they have the option to choose a more local option than Adams Morgan? I think they should. And that option should be Hyde-Addison in Georgetown.
[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]
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