The final Options


Half of Options’s 400 students have severe special education needs. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Options Public Charter School’s troubled management is now well documented, but compounding the school’s issues is that it serves some of the city’s most troubled students. That has made winding down the 400-student school’s operations a tricky matter, the Post’s Emma Brown reports, with one possibility being that the D.C. Public Schools take over Options on at least a temporary basis: “The discussions … are part of a larger effort to allow Options to remain open until the end of the 2014-15 school year, giving the city more time to figure out how to best serve the school’s students.” Most “have severe emotional or learning disabilities, or have been homeless or incarcerated.”

In other news:

Meanwhile, former Options principal pleads guilty to $300,000 overbilling scam (Post)

It has taken seven years for a judge to take up a St. Elizabeths patient’s petition for release (WaTimes)

There will be no Apple Store for CityCenter (Capital Business)

Council is poised to pass Title IX bill, promising to track gender equity in school sports (Post)

Can D.C. tech scale? Maybe not. (Housing Complex)

Dennis Sobin is back in court after “registering” his sex-offender registrars (Post)

Does Muriel Bowser have a Sharon Pratt problem? (Post column)

Charles Allen, Jim Graham win SEIU council endorsements (Loose Lips)

Andy Shallal says he’s no mere de Blasian: “I think I would also bring a bit of Bloomberg into the picture” (The Nation)

Muriel Bowser’s deputy-mayor-for-east-of-the-river idea gets mixed reviews (Loose Lips)

No, Kaya Henderson didn’t say she wanted to outsource middle schools to charters (GGW)

Can the city fund more college opportunities without draining its coffers? (DCFPI)

City preservation officials object to parts of Duke Ellington modernization (Current via Dish)

Another plea to free the independents (Blade column)

Streetlight contract remains mired in appeals hell (WBJ)

Devon D. Parker, 19, is killed in daylight shooting near Anacostia Metro station (Post)

Drug dealer “Shine” admits to selling heroin that caused three deaths (Post)

Prince George’s cop shoots perp right over District line (D.C. Crime StoriesAP)

Capitol Hill mugger appears to have taken selfie (WJLA-TV)

How 16th Street bus lanes might work (GGW)

Washington Humane Society more animals than ever are leaving its walls alive (DCist)

City real estate czar Jeff Miller is also a big-time beekeeper (Post)

They don’t sell (new, non-Volkswagen) cars here anymore (WaTimes)

D.C. residents pay the seventh-highest utility bills among U.S. cities, survey says (WBJ)

Business owners on Petworth commercial strip come together (PoPville)

RIP China American Inn, last vestige of the old Petworth on Upshur Street (PoPville)

Why Filomena is to be cheered, not jeered, by Obamacare lovers (G’town Metropolitan)

Streets are pretty clear; sidewalks and bike lanes, not so much (GGWWNEW-FM)

Be a good neighbor and help shovel a senior’s sidewalk (WJLA-TV)

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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