D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Faces Hostile Crowd in Debate on Education

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Cross-posted from the Washington Post By Aaron C. Davis and Emma Brown D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) chose a debate on education Monday night to make his campaign debut alongside council members, a restaurant owner, a former State Department official and others trying to keep him from a second term. He could have picked an easier […] . . . → Read More: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Faces Hostile Crowd in Debate on Education

A Lesson in Systemic Racism, Part II: ALEC, School Closures, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The previous post, entitled “A Lesson in Systematic Racism: Stand Your Ground, the NRA, and the American Legislative Council (ALEC),” examined the connection between the untimely death of Trayvon Martin and the powerful lobbying groups that made laws like “Stand Your Ground” possible. This post expands on the previous one by highlighting ALEC’s connection to […] . . . → Read More: A Lesson in Systemic Racism, Part II: ALEC, School Closures, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Chicago to Shutter 50 Public Schools: Is Historic Mass Closure an Experiment in Privatization?

Chicago School Closures

Cross-posted from Democracy Now As the academic year winds down, a record number of Chicago schools are preparing to close their doors for good in the largest mass school closing ever in one U.S. city. Last week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 of the city’s public schools in a move that will […] . . . → Read More: Chicago to Shutter 50 Public Schools: Is Historic Mass Closure an Experiment in Privatization?

D.C. School Closures Likely to Spark Interest From Commercial Real Estate Industry

Cross-posted from the Washington Post By Jonathan O’Connell For all the difficulty and anguish of closing under-utilized public schools, the process is likely to prompt excitement from at least one constituency in the city: real estate developers. When Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced in 2007 that they would try to […] . . . → Read More: D.C. School Closures Likely to Spark Interest From Commercial Real Estate Industry

News Round Up: School Closings Lawsuit

School Closings Lawsuit

Last week, the DC City Council’s new Education Committee met for the first time. Inside the hearing room, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson was defensive, while outside Empower DC announces a lawsuit that would block Henderson’s plan to close 15 DC public schools. Below is a brief round up of the news from that day. It […] . . . → Read More: News Round Up: School Closings Lawsuit