Teacher Tom Davison opens class this month at BASIS, a highly regarded new charter school. (Jabin Botsford/For The Washington Post)

Charter schools are well on their way to serving half of the D.C. public school student population, but charterin’ ain’t easy. Bill Turque, in his final D.C. education report for the Post, lays out the challenges: “While the District pours billions into rebuilding a city system that has more classroom space than it needs, parents are increasingly opting for charter schools. ... Yet even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system.” But top city officials — including Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who ran on charter equity issues — say the charters’ groaning is largely unfounded: “I don’t think it’s fair to call it inequity. It’s a different model of education,” said DeShawn Wright, the District’s deputy mayor for education.

In other news:

The national Republican platform officially opposes D.C. statehood (Post, Right Wing Watch)

Also, Family Research Council president pushed to have D.C. gun plank included in GOP platform (Politico)

“Welcome to Friendship Beach”: Friendship Collegiate Academy football featured in Web series on underdogs (Sports Illustrated)

Remembering Peter Bis, “a friendly and fascinating enigma, clearly intelligent, seemingly schizophrenic and relentlessly cheerful” (Post)

Perhaps we need a task force on task forces (WRC-TV)

Giant dance club planned for Northeast, near the Stadium Club (Post)

Lawyer for Eric Foreman, on trial for Catholic U grad’s murder, says dead teen pulled the trigger (WaTimes)

Officials pledge to improve city’s “lead entities” providing services to troubled youth (WJLA-TV)

Last year’s earthquake did not, in fact, undermine the Washington Monument (Post)

Another story about people with out-of-state plates getting ticketed for not having D.C. licenses (WJLA-TV)

Short-term relief promised for Bloomingdale flooding (WTTG-TV, WJLA-TV, Examiner)

Nats championship “would eclipse the Redskins winning the Super Bowl” — so says Jack Evans (Examiner)

Wife of T.C. Maslin, man assaulted on Capitol Hill, speaks out on TV (WJLA-TV)

Crime hikes are highest on the “edge” (Examiner)

New name for student statehood organization (Last Colony)

D.C. man admits phoning in Amtrak bomb threats (Post)

Police need help ID’ing homicide victim found in Anacostia (Crime Scene)

Eleanor Holmes Norton hosts Capitol Hill roundtable on construction jobs (Loose Lips)

Think you can tell bottled water from D.C. Water? Prove it! (PoP)

And why exactly do the inaugural festivities require bottled water? (HuffPo)

Car linked to chase that killed Prince George’s officer is found on Marshall Heights street (Gazette)

Why, oh why, won’t the Nats pay to let Metro run late? (Dr. Gridlock, Examiner)

DDOT would like to hear your thoughts on parking (PoP)

Ground is broken on condo redevelopment of Georgetown’s Hurt Home (Dish)

Cheeky “balls” puns not welcome on signs at Nationals Park (DCist)

Cool 1851 map of D.C. (Ghosts of D.C.)

Yes, good thing the Expos didn’t go to Havana (Grantland)