The border war begins


Elementary school enrollment policies could change in the shaded areas. (Washington Post graphic by Ted Mellnik, Darla Cameron and Emily Chow)

And you thought the mayoral election was controversial. The first concrete proposal in four decades to redraw elementary school boundaries and change the way that D.C. children are now entitled to attend the city’s public schools hit the street Saturday. The Post’s Emma Brown reports: “In Washington, as in most jurisdictions, where students go to school is a matter fraught with race and class tensions. The proposals on the table almost certainly will generate significant debate. The most intense disagreement may come from the conflict between creating more options for families by expanding lottery-based admissions and establishing predictability by guaranteeing rights to neighborhood schools.” Said one parent, “I think these changes are, in the short-term, built around the retention of young white people. … I’ve been here a long time, and I want my child to have access to a great education, too.”

In other news:

Relisha Rudd’s struggle to escape from a life on the edge (Post)

Police want to question this man, seen getting off a Metro escalator, about Relisha (Post)

Police shoot and kill armed man on grounds of Plummer Elementary (WTOP)

Inside the House of Bowser, a distinctly green motif (Post)

Bowser win puts consultant Tom Lindenfeld back on top (Post)

Peter Nickles is a big Bowser fan, don’t you know (WJLA-TV)

At “unity breakfast,” Gray continues Bowser snub (PostWTOPWJLA-TVWTTG-TV)

The night before wasn’t so chummy, either (WBJ)

On this Democrats can agree: No Mayor Catania (Blade)

Bowser and Kaya Henderson meet, have “very good conversation” (WAMU-FM)

“People keep asking me if Muriel Bowser will be a good mayor. … The question is rooted in sexism.” (WBJ)

“In other cities … voters who were angry about the way a mayor was being treated by the press and the feds rose up to re-elect him. In D.C., Gray’s vote simply failed to show up.” (Slate)

Guess who had the Worst Week in Washington? (The Fix)

D.C. Water’s ambitious plan to turn poop into power (Postgallery)

Phil Mendelson and Ron Machen will shape the rest of the year in D.C. politics, says Colby King (Post column)

For the next nine months, can’t we all just get along? (Post editorial)

Little indication that Congress will intervene on marijuana decriminalization (Roll Call)

Turns out it was Reta Jo Lewis, not Jack Evans, who raised the most money per vote received (Loose Lips)

Low turnout proves early primary was April Fools joke after all (Post letter)

Michelle Rhee makes the case for robust standardized testing (Post Outlook)

Counterpoint: “Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it” (Answer Sheet)

Report: City needs to redouble adult literacy efforts (D.C. AppleseedWAMU-FMDCFPI)

Looking at Gray budget, D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute is high on TANF hikes and education funding, low on homeless funding and paid sick days (DCFPI)

Homeless advocates praise commitment to veterans, but what about everyone else? (DCist)

Vincent Gray’s true legacy may be transit (GGW)

GSA takes modest step forward on Homeland Security consolidation (WBJ)

One major obstacle to Dupont Underground redevelopment: A great entrance (SALM)

Civic debate of our time: New Supercans — sorely needed or total waste? (WJLA-TV)

City wants to hear from a new set of potential Park Morton developers by July 1 (Housing Complex)

Gun-cherishing Washington Times editor Emily Miller will do investigative reporting for Fox 5 (TVSpy)

WilmerHale partner Randolph Moss is latest Obama nominee to D.C. federal bench (NLJ)

Rashad Slye, 23, will serve 17 years for killing cab driver Domingo Ezirike over 75 cents (Homicide WatchD.C. Crime Stories)

Man, 76, accused of setting fire to kill wife will undergo psych evaluation (Post)

Former education board member Trayon White leads citizen search for Relisha (WUSA-TV)

Darrell Issa makes a personal appearance at NCPC meeting to press for Ike Memorial changes (GGW)

Chris Brown case is back in court today, but don’t expect a courthouse circus (Post)

Anacostia cleanup weekend: “This water is never going to be like Perrier, but it can be much cleaner (WJLA-TV)

Want more affordable housing? Make it easier to build housing (Post letter)

Peet’s coffee arrives in town today (Capital Business)

AP’s small-D “district” policy is stupid (MartinAustermuhle.com)

Cathy Lanier shares a pretty good blonde joke (Post Magazine)

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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