Will D.C. keep its ‘Promise’?

December 11, 2013

The biggest obstacles to David Catania’s ambitious plans are money, politics and a potential loss of federal funds. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

One of the most ambitious pieces of legislation the D.C. Council will take up this year — or most any year — is expected to clear a committee vote today. David A. Catania’s “D.C. Promise” initiative would offer D.C. students up to $60,000 to attend college. The catches, via The Washington Post’s Emma Brown and Aaron C. Davis: “How the city will pay for a program that Catania has estimated could cost as much as $50 million a year remains an open question. So, too, does the issue of whether Catania — who persuaded nine other council members to co-introduce the bill this fall — will be able to hold that majority together after announcing that he is exploring a run for mayor.” Also an open question: How will a D.C. grant program affect the similar and remarkably successful federal Tuition Assistance Grant program?

In other news:

Man who died after being pulled from waters off Hains Point is Marc Washington, cop facing child porn charge (PostWRC-TVWUSA-TVWTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Linwood Barnhill Jr., cop accused of prostitution, is finally arrested (The Washington Post)

Only New Orleans and Detroit have a larger percentage of children in charter schools (Post)

How Vince Gray got himself a campaign manager and Web site for $0 (Loose Lips)

Crowd at WTU forum “behav[ed] in ways that would surely have gotten them thrown out of their own classrooms for refusing to show the most basic respect” (Post)

Ditto Tom Sherwood: “None of the teachers in that auditorium would put up for a minute in their classrooms with the rowdy behavior the teachers themselves displayed” (WRC-TV)

One teacher: Andy Shallal “was the clear winner of the night” (At the Chalk Face)

“Vince will not exchange the future of our children for a round of applause” (Vince Gray 2014)

Don’t expect to see Kaya Henderson on the campaign trail (Washingtonian)

IG report highlights issues with problems with youth offenders’ GPS bracelets (WaTimes)

Teacher confronts racial inequity — in D.C., and in South Africa (Post column)

Playgrounds are one impressive measure of D.C.’s progress (GGW)

For Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson, rats are his top priority (Roll Call)

National Zoo director: “I can’t spread this staff any more thin than it is now” (Post)

Taxi Commission says it will crack down on unapproved credit-card readers (WAMU-FM)

D.C. inks sister-city agreement with Addis Ababa today (DCist)

What can be done about rising rental costs? (Housing Complex)

Democratic economist is wary of big minimum wage hikes (Post op-ed)

But Richard Florida says boutique minimum wages are just fine (Atlantic)

Capital Bikeshare’s growth continues apace (WashCycle)

Wisconsin Avenue gets all its lanes back in Glover Park (Dish)

Diane Ravitch remains focused on Michelle Rhee’s D.C. record (TPM)

Deborah Rutter, Chicago Symphony executive, is the Kennedy Center’s first female president (Post)

Second Obama nominee, Patricia Millett, is conformed to D.C. Circuit (Legal Times)

Suspects sought in two sexual assaults Monday (Post)

D.C. teen wanted in deadly Prince George’s crash (D.C. Crime Stories)

Esoteric setback for District in its long-running hotel-tax quest (WBJ)

City’s most expensive home will be listed for $16.8 million (Curbed)

DDOT has a new landlord (WBJ)

Preservation process starts complicating West Heating Plant (WBJ)

D.C.’s oldest street name: Water Street (G’town Metropolitan)

When Concord Avenue became Missouri Avenue (Ghosts of DC)

Shaw ice rink plans aren’t coming together for this winter (GOG)

Big Chair Cafe lives (CHotR)

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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