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David Catania’s education reform 2.0

Catania, second from left, talks with D.C. public schools officials. Catania is proposing an overhaul of the system’s funding structure. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Four months into his chairmanship of the D.C. Council’s education committee, David Catania (I-At Large) already has big ideas about how to take school reform in the District to a new level. Rather than dicker with standardized testing or teacher evaluations, Catania tells WAMU-FM’s Kavitha Cardoza that his “Reform 2.0″ package will have more to do with adjusting the underlying mechanics of school funding and promotion rules. For instance, he said, children eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches would be subject to a funding multiplier — acknowledging what Reform 1.0 sometimes took pains to reject, that poor children face tougher obstacles to a decent education. It’s not going to happen soon or easily; Catania is seeking private funding to have a law firm research and draft legislation. And, he says, “I imagine this is going to be a proposition that over time will dramatically increase the budget of our schools, absolutely.”

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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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