Tough medicine or DCPS poison?

November 16, 2012
Parents and students listen as D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is questioned at the Wilson Building on Thursday. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

For seven hours Thursday, the D.C. Council heard about proposed school closings — from parents, activists, D.C. public schools officials and themselves.

“Some made impassioned pleas to save particular schools, while others voiced fear that shuttering half-empty schools would drive students out of the system and into public charter schools, leading to further enrollment losses, more closures in the years to come and eventually an unrecognizably shrunken city school system,” The Post’s Emma Brown reports. Metaphors clashed: Veteran DCPS analyst Mary Levy said the closings are “treating a symptom in a way that can only worsen the disease.” But David Catania (I-At Large) called it “very tough medicine for a sick patient.” More from ExaminerWRC-TVNewsTalk, and WJLA-TV.

In other news:

Coolidge principal taken into custody in alleged homecoming beating of ex-teacher (PostExaminerWJLA-TVWTOP)

Alleged “flash mob” gang leader is known as “McLovin” (PostDCistExaminerWaTimes)

To implement new economic development plan, Vince Gray wants to double DMPED spending (WBJ)

In praise of said plan (GGW)

“Why the bum’s rush” on school closings? (Examiner)

Law firm that did Jim Graham report recommends Metro board improve ethics policy (Post)

Airports Authority was warned repeatedly about contracting issues (Post)

The transgressions of Harry Thomas Jr., Kwame Brown and Michael A. Brown are not equal (The Root DC)

A.J. Cooper converts to Democrat for special election (D.C. Wire)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants Airports Authority contracting reforms (Dr. Gridlock)

Political ads on Metro now come with a disclaimer (DCist)

Uber bill passes without much drama (WaTimesDCistWJLA-TV)

Stronger child abuse reporting requirements pass unanimously (PostWaTimesExaminer)

D.C. businesses no longer allowed to air-condition the outdoors (WBJWAMU-FM)

Why the city sunk $900,000 into an ill-fated grocery store (Housing Complex)

A Frank Kameny Foundation? (Blade)

The new Walmarts, animated (Capital Business)

Potential Yards movie theater would do everything possible to keep kids away (JDLand)

New signs at Metro station entrances will show transit delays (Examiner)

Columbia Heights beating is ruled a hate crime (Blade)

Eastern Market cheesemonger has died (Hill Rag)

Cop injured in crash after chase through Washington Highlands (Crime Scene)

Why, contra Kenyan McDuffie, Bladensburg Road won’t be getting a Metro station, could get a MARC station and should get a streetcar line (BeyondDC)

Jews United for Justice honors the fabulous Elissa Silverman — and some Maryland governor guy (JUFJ)

Fort Lincoln Costco will open Nov. 29 (UrbanTurf)

Next D.C. museum idea: National Museum of the American People (WTOP)

Ward 7 tennis center opens tomorrow (Hill Rag)

CVS: the general store we deserve (Post column)

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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