School closings shakeout

November 15, 2012

Some parents aren’t excited about the prospect of middle- and high-schoolers sharing the Cardozo campus. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The consequences of the proposed D.C. Public Schools closings continued to shake out Wednesday. Parents in wards 1 and 2 have a problem with combining middle- and high-schoolers at the Cardozo and Roosevelt campuses, The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports. Across the Anacostia River, parents are concerned about having to send their young children to new, farther and unfamiliar areas of the city. And the Washington Teachers Union sees an existential threat in the new round of closings. Union president Nathan Saunders said he would pursue legislative changes that would make it easier to organize teachers at charter schools. File under “good luck with that.”

In other news:

Vince Gray unveils ‘visionary’ five-year economic development plan (PostWBJExaminerWRC-TVHousing ComplexWTTG-TV)

Meanwhile, all eyes on U.S. Attorney Ron Machen (WaTimes)

Over by the Shrimp Boat, some secondhand clothes are much appreciated (Post)

Council votes today on relatively hands-off Uber regulation bill (D.C. WireExaminer)

Former D.C. Council member H.R. Crawford admits using Airports Authority board position to get relatives hired (Post)

Kwame Brown got what he deserved, says Clinton Yates (The Root DC)

City officials appear to have ignored warnings about sham joint ventures (Loose Lips)

Isolated rock-throwing incidents are no reason to cut bus service, Hizzoner says (PostDCistExaminerHousing Complex)

Food trucks learn how to lobby (Young & Hungry)

Tommy Wells pushes for clarity on mid-block U-turns (DCist)

Task force looking at “only problem areas” for underground power lines (Fox News)

Mount Pleasant deals with scandalwatch (Post)

What does the closing of Yes! Organic really mean for east-of-the-river retail? (Housing Complex)

Former MPD Assistant Chief Kim Dine returns to D.C. to lead Capitol Police (Crime SceneRoll Call)

Former MPD tech chief faces theft charge after allegedly using city cell phone after firing (Loose Lips)

Ward 1 will get reserved resident parking (D.C. Wire)

Lawsuit delays Rock Creek deer cull (D.C. Wire)

What say should the feds have in non-federal development projects? (GGW)

Sunlight Foundation pushes D.C. Council to establish tougher lobbying rules (Sunlight FoundationLegal Times)

Deborah Simmons does not like the idea of neighborhood preference for charter schools (WaTimes)

Six development proposals for city-owned parcel on Rhode Island Avenue (UrbanTurf)

Anacostia “is one of the only places in the District where you can find a real community,” says Anacostia resident (Post op-ed)

Will D.C. join Maryland and Virginia in establishing a venture capital fund? (WBJ

GWU dropped from U.S. News rankings after admitting to providing bad data (Post)

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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