So long to the neighborhood school?


Jean Fisher, right, walks her granddaughters Kaitlyn, 6, left, Madison, 3, third from left, and neighborhood children to school in Washington. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

The longstanding ideal of American public education — the neighborhood school down the block, the community anchor and rallying point — is an endangered species under new proposals to expand lottery-based admissions throughout the D.C. Public Schools, The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports. However, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s effort to change school boundaries and enrollment policies in order to address the system’s inequities would only accelerate trends long underway — only one in four D.C. children attend their by-right schools. The rest have chosen out-of-boundary DCPS schools or charter schools. Said one parent who has eschewed DCPS for a charter school, “D.C. has created so many escape hatches — you don’t have to invest. … Maybe they’ve got to close those hatches.”

In other news:

Region’s population growth is subsiding, but D.C. remains a “demographic bright spot” (Post)

Kenneth Ellerbe’s proposal to remove fire trucks from Shaw as part of ambulance plan lands with a thud (PostWUSA-TVWTTG-TVWRC-TVSTATter911)

Vincent Gray, Jeff DeWitt say they will shut down D.C. government, bring back Control Board over budget autonomy plan (PostRoll CallLoose LipsWAMU-FMWashingtonian)

Internal police review of the Michael Kingsbury death leads to changes in how future searches will be conducted (Post)

Dr. Gridlock on DDOT restructuring: “There’s a solid case for having one department oversee melding the modes rather than dividing responsibilities among bureaucracies that might compete for street space” (Post)

Meet the many D.C. drivers who are sharing their rides (Post)

Contrary to prior assurances, vendor’s bankruptcy has hindered Capital Bikeshare’s expansion (Post)

Saturday was a record day for Bikeshare use (WashCycle)

Many cherry blossoms, even more piles of trash (Post)

Time for Muriel Bowser to take a stand or two (Post op-ed)

DeWitt should just say no to “unsound” Gray spending proposals (Post editorial)

If you want D.C. statehood, focus on the people, not the politicians (Post op-ed)

Colby King: “Everybody didn’t fail Relisha. Enough people up and down the line did.” (Post column)

Twenty-six homeless families housed; hundreds more to go (DCist)

“Ms. Bowser and her team did not win the election on their own. That credit goes to Mr. Machen.” (Post letter)

Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith details her role in Relisha Rudd probe (WRC-TV)

How Common Core standards are changing the way teachers do their jobs (WAMU-FM)

More on Jack Evans’s election reform proposals (Loose Lips)

Why building a municipal parking garage off 14th Street NW is a bad idea (GGW)

Here’s all the outfits seeking a coveted Georgetown liquor license (WBJ)

“This is No Way to Handle Liquor Licensing” (G’town Metropolitan)

What a private parking space will cost you these days (UrbanTurf)

Latest addition to 14th Street retail: West Elm (District Source)

Transgender activists push for repeal of anti-prostitution law that isn’t being enforced (City Desk)

53-year-old woman’s October death is ruled homicide by strangulation (Homicide Watch)

Reminder: Emancipation Day is Wednesday (DCist)

Region’s transportation plan isn’t helping our carbon footprint much (GGW)

Pepco explains how it’s going to solve Columbia Heights power problems (Park View)

Celebrating 40 years of N Street Village (Post)

Friday’s random Dan Silverman list was pretty great (PoPville)

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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