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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 Maryland at College Park.

An occasional panelist on Roland Martin's “Washington Watch” and Denise Rolark Barnes' “Let's Talk” weekly news analysis cable-TV programs, Mrs. Simmons has also appeared on BET's “Lead Story,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Mr. Maher's “Politically Incorrect,” “America's Black Forum,” Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor,” “The Right Side with Armstrong Williams,” C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” and “This is America with Dennis Wholey.” She also has been a guest radio commentator on NPR, WAMU, WMAL and WOL.

Mrs. Simmons attended the University of the District of Columbia and Trinity College. She and her husband, who live in Washington, have four children and two grandchildren. Contact Mrs. Simmons at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Deborah Simmons

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. calls his proposal the District Tax Dollars Fairness Act of 2010. (The Washington Times)

Bill seeks financial lift from D.C. commuters

The D.C. Council is poised to take up a change to the city charter that would clear the way to impose a commuter tax on most city government workers — including teachers and principals, public safety personnel and administrative and blue-collar workers — who do not live in the city. Published May 24, 2010

Rhee seeking to revamp D.C. rules on teacher tenure

Before the fall of 2009, D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee followed the common practice of using a seniority-based method to lay off teachers. Her hands, like those of her counterparts across America, were tied by last-hired-first-fired rules. Now D.C., along with New York, Colorado and other states, are revamping those rules. Published May 24, 2010

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is trying to turn around the culture of the school system itself. (The Washington Times)

Rhee seeking to revamp D.C. rules on teacher tenure

Before the fall of 2009, D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee followed the common practice of using a seniority-based method to lay off teachers. Her hands, like those of her counterparts across America, were tied by last-hired-first-fired rules. Now D.C., along with New York, Colorado and other states, are revamping those rules. Published May 23, 2010

SIMMONS: Don't leave home without papers

There's little chance that the encounter first ladies Michelle Obama and Margarita Zavala had with a second-grader on Wednesday was coincidental. Published May 20, 2010

D.C. Council airs priorities for taxes, spending

D.C. Council members televised their behind-the-scenes budget discussion for the first time Wednesday, giving the Washington public a clear view of their election-year spending intentions as the city faces an estimated $535 million deficit. Published May 20, 2010

D.C. Council airs priorities for taxes, spending

D.C. Council members televised their behind-the-scenes budget discussion for the first time Wednesday, giving the Washington public a clear view of their election-year spending intentions as the city faces an estimated $535 million deficit. Published May 19, 2010

Fenty budget omits statehood-bid funds

Two D.C. Council members want to know why Mayor Adrian M. Fenty failed to put funds in his fiscal 2011 budget for the push for statehood - an issue he supports and that would give D.C. residents the congressional voting rights that have been repeatedly thwarted. Published May 14, 2010

Kids need exercise, not bureaucrats

First lady Michelle Obama's decision to fight childhood obesity is a courageous battle of good intentions. There's no need to cite the overwhelming statistics that prove America's couch potatoes are breeding overweight spuds. And there's no need to recite the growing list of corporations and nonprofits that are lining up to partake in the new Fight Fat Movement. Published May 14, 2010

SIMMONS: Kids need exercise, not bureaucrats

First lady Michelle Obama's decision to fight childhood obesity is a courageous battle of good intentions. There's no need to cite the overwhelming statistics that prove America's couch potatoes are breeding overweight spuds. And there's no need to recite the growing list of corporations and nonprofits that are lining up to partake in the new Fight Fat Movement. Published May 14, 2010

Fenty budget omits D.C. statehood-bid funds

Two D.C. Council members want to know why Mayor Adrian M. Fenty failed to put funds in his fiscal 2011 budget for the push for statehood - an issue he supports and that would give D.C. residents the congressional voting rights that have been repeatedly thwarted. Published May 14, 2010

D.C. OKs charter, adult-ed funding

The D.C. Council unanimously proposed Tuesday to bolster funds for charter schools, restore cuts to adult-education programs and leave several aspects of the mayor's education spending plans unchanged. Published May 12, 2010

D.C. Council gives more money to schools

The D.C. Council on Tuesday morning unanimously proposed bolstering funds for charter schools, restoring cuts to adult education programs and leaving several aspects of the mayor's education spending plans unchanged. Published May 11, 2010

Evans frets over D.C.'s bond ratings

The D.C. government is headed down a dangerous financial path and it must curb spending now, the lawmaker who heads the finance and revenue committee said Monday. Published May 11, 2010

D.C. CFO certifies teachers contract

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi announced Monday that he has certified a tentative four-year contract for teachers that includes salary and merit raises. Funding for charter schools remains in dispute. Published May 11, 2010

A taxing proposal in Washington, D.C.

What do you get when you mix a read-my-lips, no-tax-increase pledge with election-year politics? Tax proposals, of course. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the D.C. Council are struggling to close a $550 million budget gap. Published May 7, 2010

SIMMONS: Obama's pledge of nannies for all

President Obama has his own twist on Henry IV's promise of a chicken in every pot on Sundays: Nannies in every schoolhouse Monday through Friday. Published May 7, 2010

Event with Fenty, Rhee blocks sidewalk

As D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced outside a Northwest elementary school that science test scores are on the rise citywide, passers-by were more concerned that the event blocked the sidewalk and created a hazard for pedestrians. Published May 5, 2010

Charter schools threaten to sue D.C. for funding

D.C. supporters of charter schools are among a number of national proponents who are turning toward litigation to get charter students their fair share of public education dollars. Published May 3, 2010

D.C. charters threaten suit over funding

D.C. charter school supporters are threatening legal action against the city if the mayor’s fiscal 2010 and 2011 budget proposals fail to comply with legal mandates for the per-pupil funding formulas. Published April 30, 2010