Where have all the students gone?


D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the success of her school consolidation effort “will be judged largely by our ability to enroll students this upcoming year.” (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

As a part of their plan to close 13 underenrolled schools, D.C. Public Schools officials have pledged to engage in a robust outreach effort to keep as many of the 2,000 displaced students as possible within the DCPS system. But the results so far are not encouraging, the Post’s Emma Brown reports: Nearly nine out of 10 students at the closing schools have yet to re-enroll in DCPS for next year — leading to concerns that charters will continue to sap students from traditional public schools, particularly in the city’s eastern half. Chancellor Kaya Henderson told D.C. Council member David A. Catania Tuesday that many parents are waiting to submit enrollment paperwork. But she said the system had to step up its outreach and marketing efforts and acknowledged “success of our consolidation effort will be judged largely by our ability to enroll students this upcoming year.” More from Examiner and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Bribery prosecution lays bare system “that allows politics to influence who gets government contracts and feeds a culture that emboldened [Michael Brown]” (Post editorial)

Brown’s former colleagues express their disappointment and disgust (WAMU-FM)

Clinton Yates on how Michael Brown charmed all of us (Post)

Greta Van Susteren really expected better of Brown (GretaWire)

Brown plea deal is a “darkly comic document” (Hill Rag)

Why did federal authorities involve the Nationals and Redskins in the Brown sting? (Loose Lips)

Citing husband’s health, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Jones moves on (PostExaminerWAMU-FM)

A year in, Kenilworth’s Educare is proving to be an educational model for the nation (Post)

Mayor, FEMS, fire union and Tommy Wells bicker about ambulance figures (WUSA-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton bill would allow D.C. mayor to call in National Guard in case of disaster (WAMU-FM)

Latest Census estimate: D.C. was 50.05 percent black in July 2012 (Housing Complex)

Fatal shooting Tuesday night in Kingman Park (WRC-TV)

Arrest made in New Year’s Eve killing of street vendor (Post)

Cyclist is badly beaten on the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Eckington (Post)

Monday morning crash on U Street injures cop, woman (Post)

Mary Cheh tells Taxi Commission to lay off Uber, again (WAMU-FM)

Moody’s thinks Howard U. is in decent shape (Post)

14th Street church wants bike lanes rerouted (Borderstan)

Why can’t Metro tell everyone when rehabilitation work will be complete? (Dr. Gridlock)

Four years after Red Line crash, Metro trains still not ready to return to automatic control (Dr. Gridlock)

Metro is looking at a $20 million fiscal year surplus (Examiner)

Faced with redevelopment plans, residents move to landmark I.M. Pei apartment house in Southwest (SWDC)

More on the plans for mixed-use development at the Congress Heights Metro (East of the RiverCHotR)

K Street work east of Mount Vernon Square is finally done, but without bike lanes and with ugly signs (GGW)

Georgetown partiers arrested after knocking on door at 4 a.m., harassing owner (Patch)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Congress: “Redskins” is A-OK with me (USA Today)

On Frederick Douglass’s long trip to Statuary Hall (HuffPo)

Harry Jaffe’s spot-on lament for the Examiner: “Democracy functions better with more voices and more reporters at newspapers that compete for scoops” (Examiner 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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