Twenty D.C. schools could close

November 14, 2012

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the closings are about education, not money. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The list is out: The D.C. Public Schools are proposing to close 20 facilities. Plans for reuse take the edge off some of the choices: Spingarn High, for instance, could be reborn as a vocational and technical school. Francis-Stevens will become a new campus for the high-performing School Without Walls. But in other areas, parents are gearing up for a fight. Garrison Elementary, a few blocks north of Logan Circle, is going to be a prime battleground. A “kick in the teeth” is how PTA President Ann McLeod described it to the Post’s Emma Brown. Now the feedback begins, with a series of neighborhood meetings and council hearings scheduled for the coming weeks. But first Chancellor Kaya Henderson will appear on WAMU-FM’s Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon to discuss the closings. More from ExaminerWaTimesGGWDCistWUSA-TV.

In other news:

Kwame Brown does a few hours in federal custody and is now back home (PostWaTimesExaminerWRC-TVAPLegal TimesLoose LipsDCistWTTG-TV)

He may have done his time, but where did the campaign money go? (Post editorial)

Michael Brown says he’s seriously considering a special election run (D.C. Wire)

More details on fire chief’s new ambulance plan (PostWaTimesWTTG-TV)

“The education discussion comes first. But shortly thereafter, expect the real estate discussion to begin.” (Capital Business)

No, Spigarn closing won’t affect the streetcar barn (Housing ComplexExaminer)

“Ponytail” is dead but not forgotten on U Street (Post)

Harry Jaffe: “Gray has done a tolerably good job of governing Washington, D.C.” (Examiner)

The Nats gave Hizzoner a signed bat and ball for his birthday (Dish)

Ivy City goes to war with Gray over “environmental travesty” of a bus lot (Post column)

D.C. Democrats will pick interim at-large council member on Dec. 10 (DCist)

Zoning Commission will take another look at Skyland, now with Wal-Mart (DCmud)

Ron Moten is considering an at-large run, reconsidering his GOP affiliation (D.C. Wire)

Study finding small criminal caseload for D.C.’ s federal court is misleading, chief judge says (Legal Times)

Maryland teen accused of killing D.C. cabbie also charged in Charles County murder (Post)

DMV hearing examiners are in the habit of dismissing camera ticket late fees (WTOP)

David Catania: Beware the pharma-medical complex (Examiner)

Woman attacked at Rhode Island Row remains hospitalized as suspect goes before judge (Post)

Why the Cleveland Park restaurant moratorium needs to go (GGW)

Glover Park agitates for more parking (Current via Dish)

Doc is at war with Department of Health over pain scrips (WUSA-TV)

Find out tomorrow which movie theater is looking to come to The Yards (JDLand)

Ward 5 is getting a Big Lots (Hill Rag)

Former WTU President George Parker now calls self “reformed union leader” (Fast Company)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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