Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WCP | Ten D.C. Public Schools Will Get Extended Academic Years

What do you think of the plan to extend the school year for a select number of charter schools? Particularly as most of these charter schools are located in wards 7 and 8, could this have a positive effect on closing the achievement gap currently experienced by many east of the river schools?

Go HERE to read the full Washington City Paper article. 

Excerpt:

DCPS selected the ten schools based in part on "strong leadership, active interest by the community, and student bodies that demonstrate room for growth." The goal is to get students ready for high school, college, and beyond.

"Education isn't one-size-fits-all, and our current 180-day school year and 6 and 1/2 hour school day is not enough for all students, particularly in our highest-need schools," Democrats for Education Reform D.C. Director Catharine Bellinger said in a statement. "Students benefit when school leaders have both the resources and the flexibility to allocate more time to the classes and programs that help their students succeed."
Here are the schools that will be getting longer academic years starting this fall:

  • Garfield Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • H.D. Cooke Elementary School (Ward 1)
  • Hart Middle School (Ward 8)
  • Hendley Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • Johnson Middle School (Ward 8)
  • Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7)
  • King Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • Randle Highlands Elementary School (Ward 7)
  • Thomas Elementary School (Ward 7)
  • Turner Elementary School (Ward 8)


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Police need your help finding Unique Harris -- missing since 2010.



Published on Oct 12, 2012
The Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of Unique Harris on October 9, 2010 at approximately 10:00 PM. Ms.Harris was last seen at her home in the 2400 block of Hartford Street, SE, in Washington, DC. This video provides additional information about the missing person from family members who urge you to aid in bringing closure to this case.

Detectives seek your help in locating Ms. Harris and ask you to contact Detective Eddie Voysest at (202) 724-2436 or the Department's Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

To learn more about the MPD Rewards program, please visit www.mpdc.dc.gov/rewards.





WashPo | Why a bright idea for growing food in the city had to move . . . to the country


Go HERE to read the full article. 

Excerpt:

“It was going to be the largest commercial greenhouse within a city that was ever built,” said Mark Chambers, director of sustainability and energy management for the District’s Department of General Services. The BrightFarms project was his “baby,” and a darling of former mayor Vincent Gray’s administration, too.
Ensconced in the project were all the aspirations of an urban farming movement that aims to bring the food supplies of cities closer to their population centers.
But, after trying for nearly two years to overcome the types of obstacles that plague too many of these ventures — pollution concerns and a prohibitively high cost of business among them — the company opted last year to build its greenhouse in Elkwood, Va., 60 miles from the city.
Lightfoot, 45, said the decision didn’t come easily. “Nobody tried harder” to keep the project in the District, he says. But it wasn’t the first time that one of the New York-based company’s projects originally slated for an urban center had settled for a location outside the city instead. Now, doing so has become a mantra, rather than a mistake, for the firm that Fast Company named among the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in the world.