- India diplomat who touts women’s rights busted for $3 wage to nanny
- MSNBC host Ed Schultz paid $252K by unions in 2012-2013
- Korean War memorial ordered to take down Christian cross
- Billy Graham near death, ‘close to going home to be with the Lord’
- SeaTac, Wash.: City’s new $15 minimum wage heads to court
- Obama mulls support for Islamists in Syria, with conditions
- Obama ‘birther’ theories float, as Hawaii health director killed in crash
- U.S. drone faulted for killing 14 ‘innocent civilians’ at Yemen wedding
- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
SIMMONS: School residency says D.C. flunking test
D.C. officials don’t get it, and there’s little incentive for them to do so, because the higher the enrollment numbers, the more dollars they get.
All an adult has to do to enroll a child is shuffle into a school with a few pieces of paper that have a D.C. address on them. One could be a months-old utility bill, and another could be a year-old verification of welfare benefits.
Notice whats missing?
A government photo ID.
In other words, people don’t even have to prove they are who they say they are or whether they are legitimate immigrants.
So grab a kid, any kid, and enroll him or her in DCPS.
Expectations from D.C. officials rest on a low threshold - just don’t expect too much, academically.
Also on Tuesday, D.C. Council member David A. Catania continued his somewhat scary politics by introducing a bill whose premise is babies are born with mental defects.
Guess he thinks God makes mistakes.
Not only that, but the bill reeks of government overreach.
Noting the legislation would establish the nations most comprehensive and sophisticated youth mental-health screening system, Mr. Catania also pointed out the city’s embarrassingly high rate of truancy “can be a gateway to juvenile crime and other high-risk behavior.”
For trying to stem the latter, he is to be commended.
But please, Dear Stakeholders, dont be fooled about mandatory mental-health screenings and Big Brother data-gathering and benchmarks, which are part and parcel of the ungodly motives underscoring the misnamed South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2001.
Recall, Mr. Catania and his liberal colleagues titled the gay-marriage bill the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act.
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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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