Fifteen DCPS schools will close

January 18, 2013

Will Kaya Henderson’s first round of school closures be her last? (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

In the end, only 15 schools will close in the next two years rather than the 20 that D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson originally proposed. Still a somber occasion — unless you’re D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who upon learning of the reprieves granted to Garrison Elementary and the Francis-Stevens Education Campus, tweeted “Ward 2 Wins!” His colleagues, looking at the closure list, had less to be cheerful about, such as Yvette Alexander, whose Ward 7 has four of the 15. And besides miffed council members — whose public wrath she’ll have to endure at a Wednesday hearing — Henderson has plenty of political hurdles left to leap, including charter advocates angry she’s holding on to the real estate and budget watchdogs who will be keen to see if $8.5 million in promised savings materializes. More from ExaminerDCistWRC-TV, and WJLA-TV.

In other news:

D.C. police are accused of systematically ignoring sexual assault reports; Cathy Lanier pushes back (PostGuardian)

Cop is found guilty of killing girlfriend, daughter over child support (Post)

Phil Mendelson is now on board with more-cops plan (D.C. Wire)

Vincent Gray: “We need to make it harder for people to own guns” (D.C. Wire)

At inauguration parade, Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes will be on display (Post)

White House press secretary: Obama has “willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule, and budget autonomy for the district” (McClatchy)

Can David Catania prevent “education wastelands”? (Examiner)

Light rail line from Union Station to St. E’s? (WBJ)

Marion Barry repeats old allegation the FBI tried to poison him in 1990 sting (U.S. News@tomsherwood)

Accused drug kingpin Antoine Jones rejects deals, will represent himself at third trial (PostExaminer)

“[T]oxic mix of politics and racism” is behind D.C.’s status, says David Shuster (HuffPo)

D.C.’s only distiller is in a trademark tiff with Brooklyn outfit (Legal TimesYoung & Hungry)

MLK Avenue and Good Hope Road storefronts will get a freshening (UrbanTurf)

Dan Tan: FBI building’s “time has come” (Housing Complex)

West Heating Plant auction gets underway today (Washingtonian)

ABC Board rejects New York Avenue megaclub’s liquor license application (Heartbeat)

Traffic cameras: Still here (Examiner)

Arrest made in 2013′s first murder (Crime Scene)

Latest tax sale netted District $1.3 million (WBJ)

Google was briefly and mistakenly hit with a $300,000 tax lien (WaTimes)

Remember that time when James Brown performed “Say It Loud” at Richard Nixon’s first inauguration? Neither did I. (Ghosts of DC)

Native American congressman: Local football team name is “needlessly offensive to a large part of our population” (Roll Call)

New Metro bus maps are a big upgrade (GGW)

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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