Schools Chief Search Finally Ends
Former Rochester Leader Clifford Janey Chosen
The D.C. Board of Education named Clifford B. Janey to be the superintendent of schools after a search of nearly nine months. Janey, 58, started as a reading teacher and rose to become Boston's chief academic officer and superintendent of schools in Rochester, N.Y., earning a doctorate in educational policy planning and administration along the way. During his seven-year tenure as superintendent in the 36,169-student Rochester system, he was credited with raising reading and math scores, splitting up a large failing high school and dealing with contentious issues involving disabled students.
He is expected to start by Sept. 1.
Few Requesting School Transfers
Many Eligible Under No Child Left Behind Act
About half of the District's public school students are entitled to transfer to a better-performing school under the federal No Child Left Behind Act because their schools have failed to meet test score benchmarks two years in a row. But when the transfer application period opened up Tuesday, only a few parents showed up to ask for a form.
Parents in the 68 schools designated as "in need of improvement" have until Aug. 21 to request a school switch.
Economic Development Firm Chief Quits
Theodore Carter Was in Office About 18 Months
Theodore N. Carter, chief executive of the city's publicly chartered economic development firm, resigned after 18 months in office. The National Capital Revitalization Corp. is funded by the city government to oversee District development but operates in many ways like a private corporation. Its board named Anthony C. Freeman as acting chief.
The corporation has gone through numerous leadership changes since it was launched to spearhead economic development in the city.
Ward 8 Campaign Finances Released
Allen Has $100,000; Barry Expects $50,000
Campaign reports show D.C. Council member Sandy Allen (D-Ward 8) has raised nearly $100,000 in her effort to beat back a challenge by former mayor Marion Barry and others. Barry asked for a 10-day extension before filing his report but said he expects to raise $50,000 for his campaign.
Two council members who do not have opponents in the Sept. 14 primary have raised more than $250,000, according to the reports. Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) has raised $305,090, and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has raised $279,021. Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), who is also running unopposed, has raised $48,359 in the past two months.
Ninth Bank Robbery Suspect Caught
U.S. Marshals Found 26-Year-Old in Texas
The last of nine suspects charged in a string of armed robberies at six Washington area banks was arrested Tuesday in Texas. U.S. marshals had tracked Omar Holmes for several days as he traveled across the country with his father, Ronnie. Omar Holmes, 26, is one of nine men accused of meticulously planned robberies, in which masks, body armor and assault weapons were used.
Wal-Mart Could Be Headed for NE
Retailer Looks at Rhode Island Place
The world's largest retailer may be close to making a deal to build a store in the nation's capital. Wal-Mart Stores is negotiating with developers to build a 100,000-square-foot store at the Rhode Island Place shopping center in Northeast Washington. The site was once designated as a Kmart location, but that plan was scuttled when the chain filed for bankruptcy.
Pedestrians Cut Off Outside Treasury
Sidewalk Closure Is Latest Security Development
Police shut off a two-block section of sidewalk alongside the Treasury Department and shut nearby parking lots Thursday. The closings were the latest security measures taken in the District since authorities raised the terror alert level in response to threats against financial institutions.