‘No more punting’ on school boundaries

Did Vince Gray just do his successor a huge favor? By accepting and adopting a new set of boundary and feeder patterns for the D.C. Public Schools, along with a host of education policy changes, Gray may have given the next mayor the gift of a new status quo — one that addresses schools’ overcrowding and underenrollment as well as the often incoherent pathways students are expected to take through the system. But the plan has its foes, in neighborhoods newly excluded from Deal Middle and Wilson High schools, but in other areas, too. So far, mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania are mum; said candidate Carol Schwartz, “it is what it is.” More from WAMU-FMHousing ComplexDCist.

A message to District of DeBonis readers: After nearly six years of doing D.C. news roundups, I’m bringing DeMorning Links to an end. Thanks very much for your daily patronage, but setting the links aside will allow me to refocus my energy on bringing you more news on the pending campaign, the D.C. political scene and the District at large. Keep following on Twitter, where I expect to share many of the links that have made this roundup great.

In other news:

Light discipline for firefighters in Medric Mills death spurs calls for trial board reform (PostWaTimesWJLA-TVLoose LipsAPWTTG-TVWAMU-FMSTATter911)

Taxi Commission floats “courtesy vans” for cab-sparse areas (WAMU-FMDCistCity Desk)

Want your sinkhole fixed? Place your child in it and tweet (DofD)

Vince Gray doesn’t care that the FBI is leaving: “In fact, I’m waiting for them to get the heck out of Pennsylvania Avenue” (Housing ComplexWBJ)

Part of Chuck Brown Park, opening today, is shaped like a guitar pick (Post)

D.C. Court of Appeals orders zoning board to revisit whether the Stadium Club is a “sexually oriented” business (City DeskDCCA)

From the opinion: Stadium Club owner James Redding holds forth on “class” (@mikedebonis)

The rise and fall of Curtis Malone (Sports Illustrated)

Court ruling means buskers can perform on some Metro property (Post)

AG candidate Karl Racine says he’d “build a bridge” to fix Ferguson (WaTimes)

DDOT’s message to cyclists circa 1982: “The majority of bicyclist/motor vehicle accidents in the District are caused by bicyclists” (Housing ComplexDDOT)

Statehood Green party disclaims any responsibility for “Democrats in independents’ clothing” stickers (Loose Lips)

With deal closed, the Corcoran is officially no more (WBJ)

Don’t worry, Shaw — you’ll be getting a new Marvin Gaye mural (Post)

D.C. office rents are down 20 percent since 2008 (WBJ)

It’s official: Lowe’s is coming to Fort Lincoln (WBJ)

Watch an actual streetcar, on the street (YouTube)

An 850-square-foot “parklet” planned for south of Dupont Circle will feature energy-producing pavers (WBJ)

A quick explanation of why D.C. built its own health insurance exchange instead of relying on feds (WBJ)

D.C. athletes did pretty well in the Gay Games this year (Blade)

Ready your pitchforks: Takoma and Takoma Park combined in one real estate profile (Express)

Goat found wandering amid Northeast warehouses (PoPville)

Herblock’s 55-year-old take on Hawaii statehood included a nod to D.C. (@DC_Vote)

We’re living in a hell of a heat island (CWG)

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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