David Catania’s education reform 2.0


Catania, second from left, talks with D.C. public schools officials. Catania is proposing an overhaul of the system’s funding structure. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Four months into his chairmanship of the D.C. Council’s education committee, David Catania (I-At Large) already has big ideas about how to take school reform in the District to a new level. Rather than dicker with standardized testing or teacher evaluations, Catania tells WAMU-FM’s Kavitha Cardoza that his “Reform 2.0″ package will have more to do with adjusting the underlying mechanics of school funding and promotion rules. For instance, he said, children eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches would be subject to a funding multiplier — acknowledging what Reform 1.0 sometimes took pains to reject, that poor children face tougher obstacles to a decent education. It’s not going to happen soon or easily; Catania is seeking private funding to have a law firm research and draft legislation. And, he says, “I imagine this is going to be a proposition that over time will dramatically increase the budget of our schools, absolutely.”

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David Grosso suggests local pro football team be called “Washington Redtails” — you can guess the reaction (Post … then ExaminerUSA TodayCBS SportsNational Review, and so forth)

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Fire chief suggests some trucks “travel well below the speed limit during responses,” orders reports be done on slow runs (WTTG-TV)

Wife of Capitol Hill beating victim testifies: “He was almost unrecognizable” (PostWTOPWRC-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TV)

Harry Jaffe: Vincent Gray’s early childhood education initiatives are paying off (Examiner column)

“Why would the city want to snuff out success” with new food truck regulations? (Post editorial)

Cathy Lanier hopes transferring Central Cell Block responsibilities to corrections department will put more cops on the street (WaTimes)

Caught on video: McKinley Tech and Wilson students brawling at Metro station (WTTG-TVDCistWJLA-TV)

Possible solution to D.C. United stadium impasse: Swap land for Reeves Center? (WBJ)

National Park Service is a long way from being able to renovate Shaw’s Carter G. Woodson House (Post)

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Tommy Wells introduces online voter registration bill (ExaminerDCist)

Cigna explains why it isn’t joining the D.C. health insurance exchange (WBJ)

Vincent Gray shows off new “HAWK” pedestrian signal in Chevy Chase (WRC-TVDr. Gridlock)

WPFW-FM nixes move to Silver Spring (Arts Desk)

D.C. fish, now with fewer tumors (Housing Complex)

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Bad school research is everywhere (GGW)

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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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