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by Aaron C. Davis
February 11, 2016

A proposal to give people who work in the District months of paid time off to care for a new baby or an ailing relative or to recover from an illness passed a key test this week, even as a new threat to the concept emerged.

In a win for advocates, a controversial plan to pay for the benefit by taxing employers won the backing of DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), who has spent much more time over the past two years focused on tax cuts than on increases.


by Editorial Board
February 10, 2016

Ever since the disappearance two years ago of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd from the former DC General Hospital, there has been a general consensus among DC officials about the need to close the notorious facility as quickly as possible. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has now laid out specific plans to achieve this by 2018. The question is whether DC Council members will have the spine to help the mayor sell her plan to residents who may be wary of alternative facilities being located in their neighborhoods.


by Emma Brown
February 10, 2016

DC Public Schools officials have announced sweeping changes to the school system’s teacher training and evaluation systems that could profoundly affect how the system judges its teachers and how it seeks to help them improve.

Many in education-from the nation’s teachers to school district officials to federal policymakers- see current teacher training practices as a huge waste of time and money.


Education Week
February 9, 2016

Researchers at the University of Virginia compared the views and experiences of kindergarten teachers in 1998 with those of their counterparts in 2010, and found dramatic differences in what teachers now expect of pupils and how they have structured their classrooms. Generally, teachers now expect children to come in knowing much more, spend more of the day in literacy and math instruction, and devote less time to nonacademic subjects such as music and art.


by Perry Stein
February 9, 2016

The amount of time students spend doing physical activity in school appears to be linked to higher standardized math scores in DC schools, according to a new American University study that examined the success of the city’s Healthy Schools Act and found that schools offering more physical activity had significantly better math success.


by Aaron C. Davis
February 9, 2016

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced the addresses of seven proposed family homeless shelters Tuesday, setting up a final test of city leaders’ resolve to close the troubled family homeless shelter at DC General Hospital.


by Aaron C. Davis
February 7, 2016

Americans have long held that the best way to keep residents safe is to invest in police. But the nation’s capital is now wrestling with a more controversial approach: paying criminals to stay out of trouble.


by David Smith
February 7, 2016

It was once notorious as the murder capital of the US. In 1991, when George HW Bush occupied its most famous residence, a record 482 homicides were perpetrated in Washington DC.

By 2012, the total had dropped to 88, but a worrying resurgence since then has left local politicians searching for fresh solutions. One came up with something both unexpected and provocative: pay people not to commit crimes.


by DeNeen L. Brown
February 6, 2016

The District’s placement of homeless families in motels has a long and storied history, beginning in the 1980s, when the District began contracting with motels for emergency shelter of homeless families with children.

In 1984, after DC voters passed Initiative 17, a law guaranteeing overnight shelter to the homeless, the number of families seeking shelter in the city exploded.


by Andrew Giambrone
February 5, 2016

At the end of her administration's "Education Week," Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that a pair of buildings where traditional public schools used to operate would come up for solicitation by public charter schools in March.

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