D.C.’s public schools keep growing

October 18, 2013

Chancellor Kaya Henderson cited above-expectations enrollment growth in her “state of the schools” address Thursday. (Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post)

The city keeps growing, and so do its public schools: Raw enrollment figures released by the city show four percent growth this school year over the last. While the number of students is growing in both traditional and charter schools, charter school enrollment is growing faster, The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports. Charters now account for 44 percent of all public school students in the city — up a tick from last year. Still, the D.C. Public Schools beat expectations, at least in these preliminary, unaudited figures, and Chancellor Kaya Henderson was pleased to cite progress in her “state of the schools” address Thursday night: “We know we have a very long way to go, but these indicators tell us we’re headed in the right direction.”

In other news:

Kenyan McDuffie’s campaign finance bill comes together (DofD)

His proposal to jettison council contract approval power has already run afoul of Phil Mendelson (Post column)

Council panel ponders how to fix the tax lien system so no homeowner “falls through the cracks” (Post)

Public Charter School Board toughens oversight after Options mess (Post)

Albrecht Muth can’t represent himself, says judge (Homicide WatchAP)

Vince Gray: shutdown winner (WJLA-TV)

David Grosso: also shutdown winner (National Journal)

Jack Evans’s campaign manager: “I want this city to look like it barfed up Jack Evans” (Loose Lips)

Medicaid money will start flowing again by Monday (WBJ)

You can already cash your winning lottery tickets (WTOP)

Richard Florida says D.C. is at the vanguard of the new economy (Capital Business)

Indexing and tipped-worker raise among the progressive wants in minimum wage debate (DCFPI)

Mother, 26, arrested after allegedly suffocating infant son (PostWaTimesAP)

Maryland man killed in Deanwood shooting Wednesday night (Post)

Georgetown waiter stole customer credit card numbers, used them to buy fine art (WAMU-FM)

Columbia Heights fake-ID mastermind gets two years in federal clink (D.C. Crime Stories)

Planners eye the future of “Mid-City East” (GGW)

Washington Hilton will finally get long-planned residential addition (WBJ)

Developer eyes hotel for ballpark-area parcel (WBJ)

Let’s open renovated Cardozo High a second time! (WTOP)

LivingSocial CEO remains a D.C. resident (WBJ)

Rat summit! (SALMWTOPWJLA-TVPoPville)

Dupont ANC passes Redskins name-change resolution (SALM)

Hizzoner does the NewsTalk/Politics Hour bifecta today (@mayorvincegray)

Better backgrounds for those new D.C. driver’s licenses (City Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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