By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Last year didn't hold great news for District of Columbia public schools. Less than 20 percent of eighth-graders were proficient in either math or reading. Only 61 percent of District high school students made it to graduation.
The District's top budget minder says the city does not need to raise the "ballpark fee" it imposes on businesses to pay down the massive debt it took to build a home for the Washington Nationals, a long-term endeavor in the nation's capital as other sports-crazed cities grapple with the role of public funds in high-stakes stadium deals.
A year and a half after garnering national attention by becoming one of a handful of women to become a high school football head coach, Natalie Randolph has guided the Coolidge Colts to an 8-2 record and a berth in today's D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game — the "Turkey Bowl."
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says Council member Marion Barry's efforts to hold up $1.5 million in funding for a trouble-plagued juvenile detention center has delayed security upgrades by "more than a month."
Apparently, the majority of Washington voters just don't get it. Marion Barry is the perfect example of how this is the case. They elected him mayor twice and then, after he served six months in federal prison, they elected him to the D.C. Council. His current tax and traffic ticket issues are evidently small potatoes for the protected political class.
Two D.C. Council members say Mayor Adrian Fenty has redirected $495,000 from a job training program to cover separation pay for his political appointees.
A person with knowledge of the situation says head of D.C. schools Michelle Rhee is set to announce her resignation.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is halting city hiring and other spending to deal with a projected $175 million budget crunch.
High noon on Thursday: That is when D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee are scheduled to hold their highly anticipated meeting.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty fell to challenger Vincent Gray in a grueling Democratic primary that left candidates and voters waiting until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday before definitive unofficial results were announced.
A volunteer has fallen and crashed through a plate-glass window at Mayor Adrian Fenty's headquarters, where hundreds of people gathered to await election results.
The nation's capital will have a new mayor after voters Tuesday ousted Adrian Fenty, a backer of education reform who some said had become out of touch.
D.C.'s Democrats held a party yesterday, and guess who wasn't there?
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray said Thursday that he will ask authorities to investigate allegations that his opponent, Mayor Adrian Fenty, offered jobs to some people if they cast ballots for him in early voting.
Mayor Adrian Fenty wants an endorsement from the other chief executive in town, President Barack Obama.
She says the money in question was "surplus" funding in the job training budget designated for monitoring program performance.
Miss Rhee, who campaigned for her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty, has said she didn’t think Mr. Gray would give her unbridled support to shake up the school bureaucracy and institute her brand of reform.