Primary Election Set for Tuesday
Only Those Registered by Party May Participate
Don't forget to vote in Tuesday's primary. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voters who are U.S. citizens, are at least 18 years old by Tuesday and who registered by Aug. 16.
Only voters registered with the Republican, Democratic or D.C. Statehood Green parties are eligible for this election, which features some contested races for the D.C. Council and several other positions.
Endorsement Causes Spat
Ouster of Democratic Chairman Sought
The endorsement of candidates for council races before Tuesday's primary prompted a coalition of D.C. Council members and activists to call for the removal of the city Democratic Party's chairman, A. Scott Bolden.
The endorsements, which left out a couple of incumbent council members, were the first by the party for individual candidates before a primary. Bolden said calls for his ouster were just sour grapes.
Violence Data Lacking
Required School Records Not Maintained
Federal laws require schools to keep records on what schools are dangerous and on the number of students expelled each year for carrying firearms, but the D.C. inspector general's office concluded that District schools lack a comprehensive tracking system.
Auditors said there is no consistent procedure of recording and tracking incidents from the time they occur through investigations by police and security officers. Auditors found that lack of coherent procedures had prevented the school system from determining even whether incidents were open or closed.
Charter Schools Receive $28 Million
Funds Allotted for Facilities, Expansion
Charter schools in the District got a huge boost when Sallie Mae, the student loan company, announced a $28 million award to help them acquire or lease facilities and expand their enrollments.
The District's publicly funded charter schools have not been proved to do a better job than regular schools in raising student performance, but they have gained popularity with parents and have grown quickly.
Trinity Upgrades Name
Catholic College Is Now University
Trinity College in Northeast Washington, citing the growth of its graduate programs, changed its name to Trinity University. The 107-year-old Catholic institution now awards nearly twice as many master's degrees as bachelor's.
Cosby Stands Firm on Criticism
Parenting Key for Children, Entertainer Says
Entertainer Bill Cosby was back, this time in person, to defend his criticism of African Americans. Cosby, whose barbed criticism of parenting skills and personal values of low-income blacks elicited criticism and praise, addressed a forum sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
His comments, to a receptive audience, came on the opening day of the foundation's week-long legislative conference. Racism continues, he said, but good parenting is the key to helping children excel.
Across the Region
New Grade Guideline; Pledge to Bolster Police
* Some Montgomery County teachers are speaking out against a new guideline that makes 50 out of 100 the lowest possible grade for an assignment, even if a student hands in a blank paper or no paper.
* Prince George's County officials pledged to hire at least 900 police officers over the next six years in an effort to combat crime as the population grows.
* St. Mary's County School Superintendent Patricia Richardson said she will resign at the end of the year to take a job at the University of Maryland. She has been an educator in St. Mary's for 32 years, including eight years as superintendent.