The D.C. Council Education Committee unanimously approved a budget proposal that delays the renovation of the old Spingarn High School in Northeast Washington in order to modernize other schools around the city where parents have been clamoring for improvements.
The committee, chaired by mayoral candidate David A. Catania (I-At Large), made a number of other changes to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposed spending plan, such as increasing investments for at-risk students at about three dozen traditional schools and boosting funds for summer programs at some charter schools.
Committee member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) offered several amendments, including one to redirect renovation funds to schools in his ward and another to turn over the vacant Malcolm X Elementary for commercial development. Those amendments failed.
The committee’s proposal now goes to the full council for approval.