DCPS’s fault lines

November 26, 2012

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson isn’t expecting much applause for her new boundary-and-feeder plan (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)

And you thought closing schools was controversial. Early next year, D.C. Public Schools will embark on a potentially even more explosive process: Rejiggering school boundaries and feeder patterns — a move, the Post’s Emma Brown writes, that is “likely to limit access to some of the city’s most sought-after and best-performing schools,” particularly overcrowded Deal Middle and Wilson High schools. Chancellor Kaya Henderson acknowledges that the big fight is yet to come, noting that boundary drawing “truly [does] pit one community against another” for access to high-performing, west-of-the park schools. However, she said at a recent hearing, “I do not want to divide our city by drawing boundary lines that reinforce our city’s cultural divides.”

In other news:

Lawrence Guyot, veteran of bloody civil rights battles and hard-nosed D.C. neighborhood politics, dies at 73 (PostAfroWAMU-FM)

Repeated attempts at intervention couldn’t help Misty Clanton, found dead last month in Ivy City (Post)

With about a month to go, it looks like D.C. will record fewer than 100 homicides in 2012 (AP)

Federal prosecutors apparently would like to chat with Vincent Gray (Post editorial)

Turkey Bowl: Dunbar 12, Anacostia 8 (PostWTOPWUSA-TV)

Dunbar quarterback Lamel Mathews also deals with being a dad (Post)

In inaugural DCPS-charter championship Saturday, Dunbar will play Friendship Collegiate, who ripped KIPP 51-0 (Post)

Michael Brown says he’s “under enormous pressure” to run in special election (Afro)

In the Brown family, “the apple appeared to have fallen far from the tree” (Atlanta Black Star)

New city parking policies favor residents at the expense of visitors (Post)

IG report faults tax office on commercial property assessments (Post)

Lottery chief Buddy Roogow had conflict with female employee that may have led to cash payout (PostPartisan)

Friendship Public Charter School will build new Congress Heights campus (D.C. Schools Insider)

Marion Barry to Kaya Henderson: “Your tone is right, your direction is right and you’ve given us information that’s very, very useful” (WAMU-FM)

Henderson: DCPS and charters need to “complement rather than compete” for students (WAMU-FM)

Parents are the “key factor” in truancy crisis, Colby King says (Post)

UDC wants $4 million to fund layoffs (ExaminerWTOP)

It also has a new pool (AP)

After Michael Brown’s ouster, whither the D.C. Council’s statehood efforts? (WaTimes)

Developers swoop in to Rhode Island Avenue NE (Capital Business)

Bag tax revenue went down about 10 percent in 2012 (ExaminerDCist)

Petworth man told neighbors he’d be cooking turkey before rowhouse went up in flames, killing him (Post)

Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas Jr. are among your Turkeys of the Year (Post column)

At Minnesota and Nannie Helen, a dry cleaners is grateful for a repaved road (Post)

Among transit agencies, Metro is not particularly green (Housing Complex)

Sorting through the vending rules comments (All We Can Eat)

Hidden treasures inside a vacant Congress Heights apartment house (GGW)

Why can’t DCPS schools compete more effectively with charters? (Examiner)

Meet the carpenters union’s “hired feet” (HuffPo)

Looks like Intelsat is finally leaving Van Ness (WBJ)

Unsuprisingly, defense lawyer convicted of obstructing justice will be disbarred (Legal Times)

American University noise is worth $700,000 off a residential property assessment (WBJ)

D.C. should pick council members like Philadelphia does (Post letter)

Saturday fire at State Department injures four (Crime Scene)

Help catch these guys who robbed a Hill East carryout (Crime Scene)

H Street’s Red Palace will close after New Year’s Eve (GOGBlog)

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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