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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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    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.

    Assisted-living complex in Silver Spring to close

    Springhouse of Silver Spring property up for sale; home for older residents to close in June

    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.

    Md. Senate President Miller cites Hitler in criticizing Hogan’s tax claims

    Md. Senate President Miller cites Hitler in criticizing Hogan’s tax claims

    Miller referred to Hitler’s ‘big lie’ theory. Then he said he did not mean to compare the governor to Hitler.

    10 questions: How well do you know D.C. marijuana laws?

    10 questions: How well do you know D.C. marijuana laws?

    D.C. legalized possession of marijuana, but the new law isn’t that simple. How well can you play by the new rules?

    Lots of smoke, but no one hurt, in Crystal City

    A fire department dispatcher said the problem was in an HVAC unit.

    Snow causes gridlock and pileup on Texas highways

    Snow causes gridlock and pileup on Texas highways

    Combined with cold and untreated roads, the storm has made travel more than just a hassle across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

    No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

    No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

    Conservatives say bill doesn’t go far enough; Democrats say it goes too far.

    Science group denounces House probe into climate skeptics’ funding

    Science group denounces House probe into climate skeptics’ funding

    American Meteorological Society says congressional investigations into scientists based on their views and findings send a chilling message.

    ‘Southeast 67′ shows new footage, puts nuanced tint on ‘crack era’ D.C. students

    ‘Southeast 67′ shows new footage, puts nuanced tint on ‘crack era’ D.C. students

    Previously unseen footage of Anacostia in Betsy Cox’s “Southeast 67” calls to mind what it was like to come of age during that era.

    Police arrest suspect in latest carjacking in District

    Officers pursued a Mercedes Benz stolen at gunpoint in Georgetown on Wednesday.

    NASA satellite captures global precipitation, 3-D views of D.C. winter storms

    NASA satellite captures global precipitation, 3-D views of D.C. winter storms

    Thanks to the new satellite mission, scientists can now collect and study continuous precipitation patterns extending over nearly the entire globe.

    Anne Arundel County and Howard County home sales

    Listings of homes sold in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

    ‘Focus,’ ‘Maps to the Stars’ and other new movies, reviewed

    Will Smith plays a con artist at the head of a criminal organization.

    Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

    Starship Enterprise’s Vulcan was the ultimate outsider — a trait that his portrayer said he understood well.

    Manassas doctor accused of sexually assaulting four more men

    Manassas doctor accused of sexually assaulting four more men

    The patients said Tony Nguyen touched them inappropriately during physical examinations.

    There is light at the end of this winter’s cold, dark tunnel

    There is light at the end of this winter’s cold, dark tunnel

    This update is intended to reassure you milder weather is truly around the corner

    Is DCPS focus on boys of color illegal?

    Some are wondering whether the Empowering Males of Color initiative is unfair.

     

    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’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.”

    Nearly half of NYC walkers ignoring ‘Don’t Walk’ signals were distracted, study finds

    Put down the cell phone and pay attention, new study says.

    State audit finds Md. transit agency didn’t verify Purple Line design firm payments

    The findings pertain to nearly $233 million in contract payments, according to the report.

    Local Columns

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    John Kelly

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    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

    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.

    Great Dane, or greatest?

    A Prince William County couple’s dog will compete at the famed Westminster show.

    Our Washington

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

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