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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 09/21/2012

DeMorning Links: School closings are coming


Further DCPS school closings would likely accelerate the already growing enrollment growth in charter schools such as LEAP Academy Early Childhood School at KIPP DC. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
School closings haven’t even been announced yet, and already activists are preemptively protesting them. The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports on a sizable group organized by Empower D.C. that picketed outside D.C. Public Schools headquarters Thursday. But a closure announcement is coming within weeks, Chancellor Kaya Henderson says — the inevitable result of parents voting with their feet, opting for charter schools over DCPS. There is hope in one neighborhood where the school has already closed: River Terrace Elementary in Ward 7 could be saved — but as a special-ed focused school, not a neighborhood elementary.

In other news:

There will be playoff baseball in Washington (Post)

Why is the Gray administration leaving homeless families on the street while shelter beds go unused? (HuffPo)

Corrections officers share concerns about short staffing at privately-run jail facility (WaTimes, WAMU-FM)

”Yes, even a guy who is good looking, charming, has studied at universities in three different countries, makes beautiful food and is a skilled chess player can, according to police, be a creep.” (Post column)

Meet “Miss Metro” (WTOP)

Coolidge student pushed others out of the way before he was shot, authorities say (Post)

Mother of Coolidge student: “They didn’t call me and let me know my son got shot” (WJLA-TV)

In speech to Ward 3 Dems, Tommy Wells renews calls for ethics and campaign finance reforms (WaTimes, WAMU-FM)

In Stoddert Soccer field fight, Jonetta Rose Barras stands with DPR (Examiner)

A few charter schools discipline or expel an unusually high proportion of their students (Examiner)

First phase of Park Morton redevelopment will be unveiled today (DCmud)

David Grosso wins endorsements from former D.C. Council members Kathy Patterson and Bill Lightfoot (D.C. Wire)

Three-year-old Harris Elementary student wandered home without school staff noticing (WRC-TV, D.C. Schools Insider)

Gray says he’ll recommend axing 60 boards and commissions (Examiner)

Verizon: A 911 outage isn’t out of the realm of possibility (Examiner)

Doesn’t look like McMillan complaints will be winning the day (Housing Complex)

Donald Trump stopped by, talked about how he’s going to turn the Old Post Office into “something really special” (Post video)

Man killed while attempting robbery had role in Brian Betts murder (Post)

Mentoring program aims to raise college graduation rates for D.C. students (Examiner)

Like this town needs another excuse to drink (City Desk)

Soon to be available: Non-bathtub D.C. gin (Young & Hungry)

After Hank’s Oyster Bar saga, time to fix the city’s “long festering mess of an alcohol licensing protest process” (Blade)

Due to 2007 shooting, man’s recent death is ruled a homicide (Crime Scene)

Eastbanc’s Joe Sternlieb will helm Georgetown BID (G’town Dish)

Are revised testing goals “separate but unequal”? (Post letter)

Idiot restaurateur appropriates Yankees logo for Chinatown pizzeria (PoP)

Today: Oblique urbanist exercise (DCist, GGW)

Tomorrow: Vegetarian festival (GOGBlog)

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