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Down goes Allen Sessoms

Sessoms’ battle to keep his community college ultimately spelled his doom. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Allen Sessoms came to the University of the District of Columbia in 2008 with big plans and big energy. The physicist and former diplomat presided over the most drastic overhaul the struggling university had seen in 35 years, separating its community college guts from its aspirational “flagship university.” But a series of controversies — a tuition hike, a travel scandal and, most crucially, a difference of opinion with Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other influential powers on separating the community college from the university — culminated in last night’s four-hour closed-door board meeting. The Post’s Nick Anderson reports: “Board Chairwoman Elaine A. Crider read a brief statement shortly after 9:30 p.m. announcing the termination of Sessoms. She thanked him for his service but said that as UDC grapples with challenges, ‘we decided to go in a different direction.'”

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If Jim Graham thought his friend had offered him a “repulsive” deal, why did he help her win a school board seat? (Post)

The District’s special-education busing system has finally escaped federal court oversight (D.C. Schools InsiderLegal Times)

Ron Machen is taking his time for a reason, says Bob McCartney (Post column)

CBE vote exposes legislators’ hypocrisy and, perhaps, some conflicts of interest (Loose Lips)

After Graham probe, it’s time for Metro board to tighten its ethics belt (Post editorial)

Judge could rule today on Albrecht Muth’s fitness for trial (Post)

Task force tells Kaya Henderson to put a library in every school (D.C. Schools Insider)

Hopes and dreams where bricks strike buses (Post)

What happened to Unique Harris, young mother missing for two years now? (WaTimes)

Council considers wading into electronic privacy debate (WaTimes)

Surprise: D.C. politicos support new federal gun laws (WRC-TV)

Four language-immersion charters band together to propose high school (D.C. Schools Insider)

Doored cyclist wants $70,000 in compensation (City Desk)

Passed quietly Tuesday: More legal protections for cyclists (WJLA-TV)

Cathy Lanier ought to use her bar-closing powers more judiciously (Blade)

Those missing food truck comments have been found (Young & Hungry)

Council speed bill meant city had to replace speed-limit signs that just went up (Examiner)

Still no official gay group for Catholic U. (Blade)

Rick Rosendall is your new GLAA president — believe it or not, he wasn’t already (Blade)

The Ballou Senior High band will march in the inauguration parade (The Root)

Sticky Rice owner Joey Belcher, 39 37, found dead in his apartment (WJLA-TVDCistThe Hill Is HomeCrime Scene)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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