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“Look at the Harlem Children’s Zone,” he said of the program that is transforming the central part of the famed New York neighborhood. The Harlem project is a network of schools, clinics and social service programs that simultaneously address families’ needs.

Mr. Alexander said just as the War on Poverty failed, the District’s disjointed approach falls short.

“We need to stem the flow of dependency and increase the flow of self-sufficiency,” he said. “Our young black kids need to see their uncles and fathers working. We need to address the root causes of the problems.”

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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