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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/06/2012

DeMorning Links: Diploma dip


New stats show that four in 10 students who enter a DCPS high school won’t leave with a diploma within four years. (Jim Lo Scalzo - EPA)
The D.C. public schools high school graduation rate dropped 15 percentage points in one year, from 73 percent to about 58 percent. Is there a crisis in DCPS high schools? Well, sure, but it’s not a new one: The change is due to a more rigorous calculation method, Bill Turque explains in The Post: “District educators said the new numbers, while not revelatory, were another stark reminder that they have a long way to go in preparing a huge number of high school students for college and the workplace.”

Note also the gap between DCPS and charter high schools, which graduate their students in four years at a rate of nearly 80 percent.

In other news:

More on Marion Barry’s anti-Asian diatribe (Post, WRC-TV, WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV,Examiner, The Hill, WaTimes, Post editorial)

Harry Jaffe with “the truth” — “Marion Barry, like Willie Wilson before him [in 1986], was showing solidarity with his constituents.” (Examiner)

Can H Street businesses get past roll-down metal fences and bulletproof glass? (Post)

One Ward 5 voter’s questions: “Are you a crook? Do you tend to steal? And do you own an SUV?” (WaTimes)

How the D.C. GOP made itself relevant (Atlantic)

More are visiting D.C. emergency rooms — “visits soared by 9 percent in the District in 2011 and have grown by 27 percent since 2005” (WBJ)

D.C.: The real second city? (The Buzz)

Deanwood Rec Center contractor wants $700,000 in “grand opening” expenses — including $273,594 it gave to Peaceoholics (WBJ)

Former U.S. attorney says handling medical marijuana “is going to be very tricky” for Ron Machen (Washingtonian)

Occupy camps could merge at McPherson Square (Post Now)

While L Street cycletrack moves ahead, it could be a year or more for M Street (Patch)

It’s official: No more D.C. Public Library late fees (WaTimes)

Replace the FBI building and the Energy Department building as soon as humanly possible (WBJ)

D.C. Republicans elected two openly gay members to the Republican National Committee (WRC-TV)

Why the Vincent Gray-proposed Healthcare Alliance cuts matter (DCFPI)

The cuts would most impact Washington Hospital Center and GWU Hospital (WBJ)

With Tourmobile gone, guided-tour buses return to Mall (WAMU-FM)

Only Dallas and Houston metro areas are growing faster than Washington (Examiner)

Bullying bill may move through D.C. Council soon (Blade)

Starting next week, Anacostia Riverwalk will remain open 24-7 along Navy Yard (JDLand)

A political obit for ousted GSA honcho Bob Peck (WBJ)

It’s ginkgo-spraying time (AP)

For the last time: It’s D.C. United, not the D.C. United (DCist)

Yes, Caps! (Post)

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