Charters v. DCPS goes to court


Pre-kindergarten children attend classes at LEAP Academy Early Childhood School at KIPP DC, one of the city’s highest-performing charter networks. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

One of the longest-running policy disputes in District government is headed to federal court: A group of charter schools sued the city Wednesday, saying it has not lived up to its obligation to provide charters with the same level of resources as the traditional D.C. Public Schools system. The funding differential, according to the lawsuit, adds up to $770 million since fiscal 2008. Plaintiffs says they “just want the law settled”; the city says the suit is “without merit.” Writes The Washington Post’s Emma Brown: “The lawsuit is the latest sign that despite recent efforts to improve cooperation between traditional and charter schools in the District, there are many unanswered questions about how the two sectors — which compete for students and resources, and which operate under different sets of expectations and constraints — should coexist.”

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A council staffer spent a whole lot of time working on Marion Barry’s book (Loose Lips)

To Barry, the “You Put Me Out in Denver” incident was a mere “falling out over intimacy” (Loose Lips)

Vincent Orange was right! Feds are looking into CBE fraud (AP)

Cathy Lanier on gun ruling: Security, not street crime, is top concern (PostWTTG-TVRoll CallWTOP)

Tommy Wells: “We have to have a smart bill ready to go, and we can’t be in denial about this” (Roll Call)

At least one D.C. gun owner legally carried his weapon in public this week (Post column)

WMATA is sued by Washington Lawyers’ Committee and NAACP over strict and allegedly racist background checks (PostCity DeskDCist)

In eloquent defense of the FBI Building (CityLab)

Museum Square residents will fight to stay (District Source)

Muriel Bowser’s big birthday fundraiser is tonight (AP)

Carol Schwartz says she knows a lot more about education than David Catania (AP)

Phil Mendelson does not sound inclined to hold a Park Southern hearing (Post column)

“D.C. Council members obsess about middling measures [like Styrofoam bans] while diddling over bigger things” (Blade)

Audit: Eastern Market tenants should have paid more rent (WBJD.C. Auditor)

Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds tells court he could save the Corcoran with one dinner party (PostAP)
GWU says it plans to spend $80 million on Corcoran renovations (Post)

Jurisdictions need to step up and fund more Metro cars (Post editorial)

Cop shoots, wounds robbery suspect in early morning gun battle (Post)

Fifteen-year-old transgender girl stabbed on Green Line train (Blade)

Brookland building next to day care collapses (Post)

Erstwhile shadow senator wannabe Pete Ross is at odds with his campaign staff (Loose Lips)

DMPED finally unloads 3rd Street NW parcel to Sandy Wilkes and Robert Gladstone (WBJ)

United Medical Center is putting money into its old building (WBJ)

Charges dropped against cop accused of assaulting girlfriend, 27 years his junior (Post)

The Silver Line’s beauty is not necessarily in its stations (Post)

Seven ambitious but ill-fated D.C. transportation projects (Post)

Another look at the Eastern Market Metro plaza plan (GGW)

Martin O’Malley visits 1776 (Post)

Next week’s Africa summit means traffic will be a mess (Post)

Oh god, now there’s a food boat (Young & Hungry)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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Mike DeBonis · July 30, 2014