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Charter school ‘cannibalism’?

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson made her most pointed criticism to date of ‘haphazard’ charter expansion. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Questions about the future of public schools in a D.C. system split almost evenly between charters and the traditional D.C. Public Schools are nothing new. What is new is DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson openly questioning a new charter school’s decision to open across the street from Langley Elementary School in Eckington. “Either we want neighborhood schools, or we want cannibalism, but you can’t have both,” Henderson told The Post’s Emma Brown — calling for a new era of coordination between DCPS and charters that the latter have strongly opposed. Said Henderson: “The citizens deserve better, with the dollars that they entrust us with, than this random, haphazard stuff,” Henderson said. “[W]e all support charter schools … but I don’t think anybody signed up for the kind of uncontrolled expansion of schools, without rhyme or reason.”

In other news:

Tony Williams endorses, marches with Muriel Bowser (PostWRC-TVWAMU-FMWJLA-TVAP)

Marijuana legalization backers say they have enough signatures to get initiative on November ballot (WAMU-FMWRC-TV)

Interim D.C. Fire Chief Eugene Jones takes the helm, with an eye on the permanent job (PostWTTG-TVWUSA-TV)

National insurance group sues over D.C. Health Link tax on non-exchange plans (Post)

Jeff Mills, former DCPS food service director, settles wrongful-termination suit for $450,000 (Post)

Let the teachers vote on a longer school days (Post editorial)

More on the proposed Eastern Shore boycott (WTTG-TVWSJRoll CallWTOPGannettDCist)

The good news is that D.C. General is getting a playground. “The bad news is that there will still be plenty of homeless kids around to use it.” (Post columnWAMU-FM)

House appropriators seek to kill DHS consolidation entirely (Federal Eye)

Howard University’s credit rating is again downgraded (Post)

In wake of court ruling striking down tour guide licenses, DCRA is “looking at the possibility of narrower regulations” (Post editorial)

Phil Pannell for Ward 8 seat on State Board of Education (Post editorial)

Renaming Chinese embassy’s street “is the right thing to do” (Post editorial)

Samiya Holmes, 3, is struck and killed Friday night on Alabama Avenue SE near Fort Davis (PostWTTG-TVAP)

Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52, is stabbed to death Sunday afternoon near Carver Terrace (PostAP)

Murders may be up, but robberies are significantly down (Post)

Three men plead guilty in Tyler House drive-by shooting that wounded 13 (Post)

Firefighter is arrested for allegedly selling cocaine, carrying illegal weapon (WRC-TV)

Metro station manager is arrested for allegedly punching rider (WNEW-FM)

Shooting puts future of Lux Lounge in serious question (WaTimes)

Smash-and-grab robbers strike Mazza Gallerie jewelry store (Post)

Arlington man dies weeks after Glover Park assault (WRC-TV)

See those “left behind” by mass incarceration in the District (Post)

Police debut special page for transgender homicide victims (Homicide Watch)

President Obama pays pre-Fourth visit to D.C.’s favorite Revolution-themed tech incubator (The SwitchHousing Complex)

Marion Barry sends his Fourth of July wishes: “[B]efore you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else’s freedom you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT” (Twitchy)

D.C. regulators are working on crowdfunding rules (WBJ)

Anacostia streetcar barn appears to be better planned than Benning Road facility (WBJ)

D.C.’s lessons for doing a bike project right (Streetsblog)

Why not a bike escalator for 15th Street NW? (GGW)

Impending Hine redevelopment heightens parking anxieties (Capitol Hill Corner)

A comprehensive look at D.C.’s vulnerability to hurricanes (CWG)

The real estate shopper’s guide to H Street NE (Post)

Yes, there is a Fort Reno show tonight! (

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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