Thanks to the outstanding investigative reporting of WAMU, which exposed the false graduations from Ballou High School, investigators have found that many other District high schools have given undeserving students diplomas. The main reason stated for the scandal is that...
When Jim Graham’s former constituents in Ward 1 look back on his 16 years on the D.C. Council, his insistence on responsive services surely ranks high in their memories. He was known to spend hours most mornings responding personally...
D.C.’s farmers markets are a valuable neighborhood amenity. They provide farm-fresh produce and other goods, and they serve as a venue for community-building. That public benefit is why the District doesn’t charge its usual public space permit fees to...
While the majority of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget proposal focuses on major spending priorities such as education, public safety and affordable housing, a minor-seeming provision in the companion legislation has also attracted attention. Billed by the Bowser administration as...
Like most of his colleagues, Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie has heard many constituents complain about long-running issues involving the D.C. Department of Transportation: Roads and sidewalks that weren’t repaired, or that were repaired badly. Safety hazards...
To us, the latest congressional wrangling over the D.C. budget demonstrates once again why the District ought to be a state. Unlike other U.S. citizens, residents here pay federal income taxes yet cannot elect voting members of Congress. Moreover,...
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,...
It’s easy to set ambitious goals. Achieving them is another matter. That’s why we’re particularly impressed with the District’s recent designation as the world’s first Platinum-certified city under the Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design standards. As a news release...
The District’s many marathons and 5K races are exciting to many spectators. They bring thousands of runners and their families to the District’s hotels and reportedly have a $24 million impact on the city’s economy. Most of the races also...
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...

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