In recent years, it’s become a familiar story whenever the District releases another year’s standardized test scores: Overall performance has seen a modest but steady improvement, but far too many students perform poorly and a substantial achievement gap remains. Last...
I have been following the soap opera of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B’s battle over Safeway’s beer and wine application. I have lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for 40-plus years and have never heard anyone complain that there...
We just can’t let go of the Virginia elections. Republican Ed Gillespie got his head handed to him. As everyone now knows, the soft-talking Democrat Ralph Northam won going away, 53.9 percent to 44.9 percent. The Libertarian Party’s Chris Hyra barely...
It’s sometimes easy for a police department or politician to distort crime statistics to illustrate a desired point. Perhaps a carefully chosen time period can indicate a misleading trend. Maybe focusing on a certain type of offense can distract...
Most of the proposed development projects in the city encounter a strong reaction against them - often with valid arguments both for and against that need to be weighed. It would seem the proposed joint development between Wisconsin Avenue Baptist...
Whenever city officials discuss the progress of D.C. Public Schools, they’re bound to highlight the school system’s growing number of success stories — and to concede that many local schools are not up to par. This mix of stronger and...
On Monday, the Chevy Chase community celebrated the installation of a bench and memorial plaque — culminating nearly two years of work to honor the late civil rights activist Julian Bond, who lived nearby and could often be seen...
It’s difficult to find a fan of the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the FBI’s headquarters at 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The FBI and the U.S. General Service Administration consider the building functionally inadequate and in a poor state of repair....
My son, Zach Blumenfeld, organized a fundraiser for his Boy Scout troop to raise funds for animals in need of shelter due to Hurricane Harvey. This past Sunday, Troop 61 hosted a table at the Palisades Farmers Market and because...
In recent years, we’ve heard a group of D.C. public charter schools and their advocates argue that the District wasn’t providing them their legally required funding. Essentially, they claim the city has skirted a law requiring equivalent per-pupil funding between...

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