When education advocates pointed out inadequate education funding in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed budget, we were resigned to the idea that planned tax cuts would need to be sacrificed to fund our schools. Although we support the idea that...
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...
Last month, the District unveiled the long-awaited, much-scrutinized renovation of Burleith’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts — a $165 million project that cost more than twice the originally requested budget. “Let ’em talk about how much it cost,” Mayor...
Last month, American University elected its first black female Student Government president — junior Taylor Dumpson. Her victory received little attention at first; this outcome is hardly novel in 2017. But then came a ghastly response: Someone, not yet identified,...
Every day, thousands of D.C. residents and visitors hop on a distinctive red Capital Bikeshare bicycle. They travel to one of the 440 bike docks that are scattered around the District and many of its suburbs, rent a bicycle...
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...
When the government does something to benefit a campaign donor, any explanation or justification — even a wholly logical one — comes under a cloud of suspicion. Accordingly, we’ve followed with concern the saga of Fort Myer Construction and its...
In the District, some 500 preschools attempt to serve our estimated population of 43,000 children under the age of 5. These facilities play a number of important roles. They help prepare children for kindergarten and beyond, teaching them how...
The District has a laudable goal of diverting 80 percent of waste citywide away from landfills or waste-to-energy incinerators. That’s a far cry from today’s patterns, in which barely 20 percent of residential waste is recycled, and other users...
As the University of the District of Columbia tries to boost both its status and its enrollment, officials identified a mediocre student experience as a key failing. To that end, the school identified two critical missing facilities: a student...

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