Boundary war

October 29, 2013

The panel examining DCPS boundaries will also explore how to allow charter schools to give priority to neighborhood children. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Prepare for a political battle unlike any other the city has seen in decades: City officials said Monday that they are officially embarking on the process of redrawing public school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades. It is, as The Post’s Emma Brown writes, a “politically charged and long-delayed process that could limit access to some of the city’s most sought-after schools” and that could include “changes that can ripple across neighborhoods and real estate markets, and that carry undercurrents of race and class.” Recommendations will be made by a 20-member committee that will also be examining another hot-button issue: how to create a neighborhood preference for charter schools. Abigail Smith, the city’s deputy mayor for education, acknowledges that  “not everyone will be happy” at the end: “It’s going to be a challenging effort, but it’s a necessary one.” More from WAMU-FM and Housing Complex

In other news:

Chris Brown walks out of D.C. Superior Court after assault charge is reduced to misdemeanor (Post)

The minimum-wage-hike “train has left the station,” D.C. Council members say in hearing (WAMU-FM)

Opponents to Height Act changes make themselves heard, but planner-in-chief Harriet Tregoning says change is inevitable (WBJWashingtonianHousing ComplexWAMU-FMUrbanTurf)

Council campaign finance bill “doesn’t go as far as it should … but it would be an encouraging start” (Post editorial)

Taxicabs start to adopt the new uniform color scheme, and John Kelly says he “will miss the rainbow” (Post column)

Historic preservation office gives positive reviews to latest McMillan redevelopment plans (WBJ)

Muriel Bowser’s new campaign office is a lot cheaper than Jack Evans’s (Loose Lips)

A to-do list for new CFO Jeff DeWitt (DCFPI)

Death of Michael Kingsbury, 7-year-old autistic child lost in Trinidad, is ruled accidental (PostWTOP)

Man, 38, killed in afternoon stabbing in Ivy City (Post)

Owner of pit bulls in attack that resulted in controversial gun charge gets short jail term (WaTimes)

Photographer Lloyd Wolf documents D.C.’s street memorials (WAMU-FM)

Soccer stadium isn’t the only new sports facility pondered for the city (Capital Business)

More on grumbles about the election board’s precinct redrawing plan (Loose LipsSALM)

What the D.C. health exchange is spending money on (WBJ)

Now available at the D.C. DMV: “Choose Life” license plates (DCist)

Patton Boggs is seeking a merger partner (Reuters)

Twenty-nine small businesses share $2.1 million in city capital-improvement grants (Housing ComplexRIA Insider)

High Heel Race is tonight (WJLA-TV)

Seriously, don’t steal pumpkins (DCist)

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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