School boundaries, Take 2

The latest iteration of the school boundary-and-feeder overhaul, released Thursday, drops much of what made the first proposals so very controversial. Neighborhood schools are in. “Choice sets” are out. Students in poorer areas would still have a chance to attend schools in richer areas though an out-of-boundary lottery. But, as The Post’s Emma Brown reports, the drawing of new lines still promises to be highly contentious. That’s particularly true of high school boundaries, which seem to reinforce traditional socio-economic divides: Wilson’s zone would stretch only west of Rock Creek Park, and Eastern’s zone would include only areas west of the Anacostia River. To see how your family would be affected, check our interactive map.

In other news:

ANC commish admits punching an American University official after a community meeting (DofD)

Pretty much everyone agrees: Medical marijuana eligibility should be expanded (PostCity DeskDCist)

Firefighter is relieved of duty after refusing “soft posting” on East Capitol Street (WRC-TV)

Federal stats show D.C.’s economy shrunk in 2013 (Economic Growth DC)

“Gym tax” backlash hits the Wilson Building (DCist)

D.C. shows “how states can cut taxes in a responsible way” (CBPP)

Quick ways to improve the District’s newest cycletrack (GGW)

Is Phil Mendelson becoming a chairman in full, Jonetta Rose Barras asks? (Post column)

Ex-D.C. Chamber CEO Barbara Lang endorses David Catania (PostWBJ)

Vincent Orange finds that “SHAMEFUL” (@VOrangeDC)

Muriel Bowser ponders returning Kent Amos’s money (Loose Lips)

Herb Miller, Chip Akridge sell their stakes in Gallery Place (WBJ)

You’ll be shocked to learn that housing voucher holders are clustered in low-income neighborhoods (Housing Complex)

How downtown Metro ridership breaks down by jurisdiction (PlanItMetroGGW)

450ish words from Muriel Bowser on keeping Kaya Henderson (MurielForMayor.com)

Carol Schwartz suggests … something (Loose Lips)

Burleith parents would rather reclaim the old Fillmore School than send kids to Hyde-Addison Elementary (G’town Met)

Anacostia valedictorian, who is going from D.C. General to Georgetown U., addresses her classmates: “Beat the odds and let the sun shine” (Post)

Twin sisters are Woodson High co-valedictorians, will attend George Mason (WRC-TV)

Statehood Green council candidate backs $15 minimum wage (Green Party)

Gerald Martin, 22, was shot to death Wednesday afternoon in Douglass (Post)

Arrest made in May stabbing death in Fort Dupont (Post)

D.C. Water won’t pay for cleanup after clogged sewer backs up into Brookland home (WJLA-TV)

Preservation concerns about pop-ups means houses are expanding outward, not upward (SALM)

Council’s top lawyer reveals quiet changes to Supreme Court opinions (GigaOM)

Bikesharing cities show increased risk for cyclist head injuries (Vox)

How two underground art spaces have survived gentrification (Bandwith)

D.C.: Gay travel mecca? (WTOP)

Just like old times: Kwame Brown takes a Twitter shot at Chuck Thies (Loose Lips)

Arlington resident unhappy soccer-stadium hearing wasn’t scheduled around his World Cup-watching schedule (WNEW-FM)

Because the side of a Metrobus is a great place to have a productive debate (WaTimes)

Swing’s keeps swinging (Digger)

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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