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Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

As student populations change, traditionally high-performing suburban school systems are wrestling with how to serve the rising number of poor children who have far more needs than their affluent peers.

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    D.C. tax revenue rises, but mayor keeps spending expectations low

    D.C. tax revenue rises, but mayor keeps spending expectations low

    Muriel Bowser completes listening tour on city budget, with residents calling for higher taxes on the rich.

    Virginia Senate Republicans were set to sink ethics bill

    Virginia Senate Republicans were set to sink ethics bill

    They said it was flawed, but the House speaker threatened to shame them publicly if they passed nothing.

    The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

    The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

    Analysis, networking, gut checks and guesswork reveal the complexity of snow day decision-making.

    In Maryland, economic angst breaks through the veneer of a wealthy state

    In Maryland, economic angst breaks through the veneer of a wealthy state

    In a new poll, Hogan voters especially said the state’s wealth doesn’t reflect their struggles to make ends meet.

    John B. Fairchild, Women’s Wear Daily publisher, dies at 87

    John B. Fairchild, Women’s Wear Daily publisher, dies at 87

    Mr. Fairchild presided over the daily newspaper considered the “bible of the fashion industry.”

    Monroe H. Freedman, scholar of legal ethics and civil liberties, dies at 86

    Monroe H. Freedman, scholar of legal ethics and civil liberties, dies at 86

    Mr. Freedman, a longtime law professor, was considered the founder of the study of legal ethics.

    Column

    Metro riders hanker for information, while they’re still riding

    Metro riders hanker for information, while they’re still riding

    They don’t need to know how the train works. They just need to know what to do when it doesn’t.

    Skywatch: Venus and Jupiter continue to accentuate the night heavens

    What to watch for in March.

    Concerns about air traffic safety are heightened in developing College Park

    Concerns about air traffic safety are heightened in developing College Park

    Plans for high-rise apartments, a science building and a hotel may affect a historic airport’s viability.

    Assisted-living complex in Silver Spring to close

    The Springhouse of Silver Spring apartments are up for sale. The property is set to close in June.

    Column

    With help from Howard Hughes, scientists push the limits of mortality

    With help from Howard Hughes, scientists push the limits of mortality

    Is Howard Hughes awaiting resurrection in Ashburn? No, but funny you should mention it.

    D.C.’s pot expo: Less Cheech and Chong, more Berkshire Hathaway

    D.C.’s pot expo: Less Cheech and Chong, more Berkshire Hathaway

    Those paying up to $300 to attend the expo’s “Cannabis Academy” are looking to get rich, not high.

    Man waiting for his child is carjacked outside school

    The driver was leaning against his car near Ludlow Taylor Elementary when the suspects struck, police said.

    Sunday wintry mix likely to create slippery roads and sidewalks

    Sunday wintry mix likely to create slippery roads and sidewalks

    Cold air firmly in place and moisture moving in create the perfect recipe for a wintry mix tomorrow across the D.C. area.

    Two pedestrians struck by motorist who appeared intoxicated, police say

    Two pedestrians struck by motorist who appeared intoxicated, police say

    After the accident in Kensington, an 18-year-old was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

    Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

    Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

    As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.

    Another storm possible tomorrow, bringing a mix of rain and sleet

    Another storm possible tomorrow, bringing a mix of rain and sleet

    The storm ahead won't be big but might bring enough freezing rain to cause problems.

    H.D. Woodson boys, Anacostia girls claim DCIAA basketball titles

    H.D. Woodson boys, Anacostia girls claim DCIAA basketball titles

    BASKETBALL | The Warriors use a furious rally to get past Coolidge while the Indians roll past Wilson in the girls’ championship.

    D.C.-area news briefs

    A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs.

    Deals on ethics rules, reporting of sexual assaults wrap up Va. session

    Bills will cap gifts to public officials at $100 and require police to be informed of more crimes at colleges.

    Churchill trounces Marriotts Ridge to win MSHL championship

    Churchill trounces Marriotts Ridge to win MSHL championship

    ICE HOCKEY | Ross Allen leads the Bulldogs to a dominant 10-0 victory in the 2A final; Annapolis/Old Mill repeats as 1A champs.

    Stone Bridge storms back to top O’Connell for NVSHL title

    Stone Bridge storms back to top O’Connell for NVSHL title

    ICE HOCKEY | The Bulldogs score four unanswered goals in the third period to stun the Knights and hoist the school’s sixth NVSHL trophy.

    Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

    Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

    Boundary changes come in the midst of a lottery in which families are choosing their preferred schools.

    Geer case has Fairfax supervisors taking another look at attorney

    Geer case has Fairfax supervisors taking another look at attorney

    Lawmakers want answers from the county attorney about a probe of the police shooting of an unarmed man.

    Fairfax schools push for more money in tough budget year for the county

    Superintendent Karen Garza, citing higher costs, says the school system is hanging on “only by a thread.”

    Va. General Assembly agrees to compensate eugenics victims

    Budget sets aside $400,000 to pay victims of long-running policy.

    Police investigate break-ins at D.C. mosque

    The Islamic center was broken into twice, police say, but the incidents were not considered hate crimes.

    Chilly, partly cloudy Saturday; Wintry mix possible Sunday

    Chilly, partly cloudy Saturday; Wintry mix possible Sunday

    Sleet, freezing rain, and regular rain are all possibilities on Sunday. Impacts will depend heavily on when the precipitation starts.

    Jewish archivist honored for using new technology to revive old films

    The National Center for Jewish Film restored “American Matchmaker,” which will be screened Sunday.

    Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

    Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

    The official came out of retirement to help the firm repay a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

     

    Fairfax County considers new information policy in police shootings

    After long delay in John Geer case, Fairfax ponders proposal for release of names, monthly updates.

    ‘You coward,’ top House Democrat tells GOP counterpart

    Republicans and Democrats snipe back and forth over the impending lapse of funding for the Department of Homeland Security

    Metro riders hanker for information, while they’re still riding

    They don’t need to know how the train works. They just need to know what to do when it doesn’t.

    Where are Metro’s fancy new railcars?

    There is still no set date for the release of new railcars that are promised to revolutionize area transit.

    Concerns about air traffic safety are heightened in developing College Park

    Plans for high-rise apartments, a science building and a hotel may affect a historic airport’s viability.

    Metro’s search for general manager set back by finalists’ withdrawals

    They feared their names would be known after a TV reporter learned where they work, officials said.

    Delays on Metro’s Green and Yellow lines

    Brief delays on Metro’s Yellow and Green lines. Metro’s had an especially tough time making trains run without problems lately.

    Part of Rock Creek Parkway in D.C. reopened

    Part of Rock Creek Parkway in NW DC has reopened after earlier crash

    Metro board says no fare increases or major service cuts next fiscal year

    The transit agency will try to balance its budget without raising prices or reducing the frequency of trains.

    Pedestrians killed at about the same rate last year as they were in 2013

    D.C., Virginia and Maryland see slight declines in such fatalities.

    Maryland panel settles with Uber

    Uber has agreed to operate as a common carrier in Maryland, which means it’s UberBlack and UberSUV services are subjected to state regulations.

    Snow makes dangerous and messy Thursday morning commute, many schools closed and delayed

    Snow in the morning rush hour promises messy roads, slow down officials warn. School closings and delays throughout the region.

    Plan to shift transportation burden to states seems doomed

    Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) makes clear that an idea he fathered 25 years ago “didn’t work.”

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Is Howard Hughes awaiting resurrection in Ashburn? No, but funny you should mention it.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Is the nation’s capital too uptight to toke up after legalization?

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Yes, kids are getting chunkier. But school bake sales aren’t the problem. In fact, they can teach key lessons.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    “I have no one to blame but myself,” the former first lady of Virginia told the judge.

    Photo Galleries

    It’s all business at D.C.’s ‘Cannabis Academy’

    City hosts a two-day expo to teach attendees how to make greenbacks from pot’s legalization.

    Falling snow once again made a precarious morning commute

    The Washington area shovels out from yet another snow leading to closed schools and slippery streets.

    A snowy Saturday for the Washington area

    The cold ground was allowing snow to stick faster, making it difficult for road clearing crews to keep up.

    Sentencing of Maureen McDonnell

    Former first lady has been convicted of conspiring to sell the prestige of the governor’s office in exchange for loans.

    The polar vortex makes a comeback

    Washington-area residents prepare for more cold weather, as Friday’s temperatures promise to be extreme.

    Obama chooses Joseph Clancy as new Secret Service chief

    Obama has named his acting director and trusted former detail leader as the new permanent leader of the Secret Service.

    Snowstorm Octavia hits Washington area

    The nation’s capital clears out from another round of snow.

    14 couples say ‘I do’ on Feb. 14 in D.C. court

    Superior Court opens its doors on a weekend to perform weddings for the first time in decades.

    Our Washington

    From waterfronts to monuments, Post photographers share their favorite D.C. spots.

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