- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am a student at American University. On a recent visit to Ballou Senior High School in Southeast Washington as part of a project addressing education reform, it became apparent that the poorest public high school in Washington was last in line for improvement.

Years of budget cuts have left Ballou ineligible for renovation until 2014 - while Wilson High School in Northwest Washington has received more than $60 million from D.C. Public Schools to expand. The federal government’s uniting issue has been education, so perhaps the D.C. government should make the same issue paramount.

DCPS should help the schools that are hurting the most, not threaten further budget cuts if those schools, such as Ballou, can’t meet the 82 percent standardized-test proficiency that is required. The future of this country is dependent on how great our education system is; we as inhabitants of Washington need to stop putting the future leaders of this nation at a disadvantage.

JEFF RAINES

Washington

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