In Today's Washington Examiner article by staffwriter Leah Fabel, D.C. elementary students' reading, math scores fall the writer quotes School Chancellor Michelle Rhee:
"You have to look at the overall three-year picture," Rhee said Tuesday, speaking alongside Mayor Adrian Fenty at Anacostia's Ballou Senior High. "You're going to have some times of setbacks, and you have to redouble your efforts at those points.The Advoc8te would go so far as saying those reporting news East of the River "have a long way to go" in learning a DC geography and reporting it accurately.
"We still know we have so far to go," she said.
As a concerned CHotR reader requested in their open letter, Southeast has as many neighborhoods as Northwest:
"So my gentle suggestion to DC journalists is to print out a Google map of Southeast DC, which helpfully names the neighborhoods, and take advantage of the lovely weather we're having to take a drive around, familiarize yourself with which area is called what, until it is as familiar to you as the distinction between Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, Woodley Park and Cleveland Park, and then start using those names in your reporting."
Anacostia has never been and will never be the name of all DC lands in Ward 8 or East of the River. It may not seem like a serious issue to some but where most DC/Maryland/VA residents have assigned such a negative perception to all things "Anacostia" and "Southeast" (without really knowing where they are located)it's a huge problem. A problem that River East residents have to deal with everyday, especially when trying to catch a cab, sell a home, or even have friends come to visit in their (most likely NOT Anacostia) neighborhoods.
If everything "bad" happens in "Anacostia" and "Southeast" where does that leave the rest of the East of the River neighborhoods? It doesn't. We just kind of fall in under one (mostly negative) geographic blackhole. Whenever a crime occurs East of the River, regardless if it occurred in Ward 7 or Ward 8, in Police District 6 or 7, in NE or SW (our side of the river) it generally is reported as occurring in "Southeast" or "Anacostia". It's inaccurate reporting that needs to stop and reporters should take care when reporting the news.
Therefore I present (again) another Google Map to show where the Anacostia neighborhood is in relation to Congress Heights. In this case how far (about 3 miles) Ballou Senior High School in Congress Heights is from Anacostia.
We have got to do better people.
View Ballou Senior Highscool in Congress Heights in a larger map
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