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District Briefing

-- Nikita Stewart


Lawmakers Urge Company To Handle Complaints Better

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) are demanding that a Vienna company that ran an education conference for students write letters to parents and students who are demanding refunds and establish a phone number and Web site for complaints.

The staffs of the congressmen met yesterday with officials from Envision EMI, the for-profit firm that brought 15,000 students to Washington last week for the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. Hundreds of students missed the swearing-in ceremony while waiting on buses or were left without adult supervision.

Envision has launched an independent review and agreed to reserve $1 million for restitution.

-- David Nakamura


State Board of Education Chooses New Top Officers

The D.C. State Board of Education elected Lisa Raymond, the panel's Ward 6 representative and a parent of two D.C. public schoolchildren, its president last night.

The nine-member board has no day-to-day authority over the D.C. school system but advises State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist on academic standards and other policy matters. Raymond succeeds Robert C. Bobb, who did not seek reelection and accepted a job this week with the Detroit school system.

Raymond, 38, is deputy national director of America's Edge, a nonprofit group that engages business leaders in improving public schools.

-- Bill Turque

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