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Standardized test scores from three D.C. classrooms were invalidated because teachers helped students choose the right answers or flouted security protocols in April 2011.
The D.C. public schools system is implementing a plan to close a Northeast elementary school with the lowest enrollment in the District and move its students to another school about a half-mile away.
Recently, I returned to my alma mater, Anacostia High School in Southeast Washington. As a graduate of the class of 1966, who had not stepped inside the building since, I was invited back by the principal, Ian Roberts, who gave me a personal tour of the facility. As the former chairman of D.C.'s Public Charter School Board, which regulates the city's public charter schools, I knew about Anacostia's educational woes. I was familiar with the difficulties in getting the vast majority of Anacostia's students to grade level in reading and math, or even to guarantee their safety on campus. Mere survival was a sign of success.
A law passed unanimously in early June by the 13-member D.C. Council is being hailed by vegan and animal-protection groups as a model for the nation, yet parents aren't so sure.