DISTRICT BRIEFING

DISTRICT BRIEFING

Friday, October 20, 2006

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Janey Aims to Increase College Graduation Rate

D.C. School Superintendent Clifford B. Janey outlined a plan yesterday for the school system to significantly boost the number of public school graduates who complete college.

Janey appeared at a community forum to comment on a new report, "Double the Numbers for College Success: A Call to Action for the District of Columbia." The report, commissioned by city and school officials and financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says that only 9 percent of public school freshmen are expected to complete college within five years of their high school graduation.

Janey said the system has been working to increase graduation requirements for high school students, introducing more Advanced Placement courses and raising requirements for math.

But the system, he said, will go further in getting local universities to mentor local schools. "We've talked to the president of Trinity University about adopting schools in Ward 8," Janey said. Trinity officials would "follow kids from eighth grade to 12th grade and prepare students for Trinity and other schools."

-- V. Dion Haynes

NAVY YARD STATION

Plans to Revamp Metro Stop by 2008 Win Approval

The Metro board approved plans yesterday to modify the Navy Yard Metro station to coincide with the opening of the new baseball stadium.

To accommodate the anticipated increase in ridership -- as many as 15,000 people an hour instead of the current capacity of about 5,000 people an hour -- Metro is going to increase the number of fare gates and vending machines, add two elevators and relocate the station kiosk, fare gates and fare vendors from the mezzanine to the west entrance. The changes are planned for completion before the first home game of the 2008 baseball season.

Total costs for the modifications are estimated at $20 million, with money for construction coming from federal funds allocated to the District.

In addition, a three-party agreement by Metro, the developer of the Metro expansion and additional development on the site, and the developer's contractor have agreed to reserve 20 percent of the residential units for low- and moderate-income purchasers.

-- Lena H. Sun


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