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Latest Sekou Biddle Items
After millions of dollars in infrastructure investment and years of sharply scrutinized teacher performance, D.C. officials say it's time for students to step up their game this school year.
When the D.C. Democratic State Committee passed him over to temporarily fill a vacant at-large spot on the D.C. Council in January, Vincent B. Orange tuned his ear to the next Sunday's sermon.
The D.C. council sent off at-large member Sekou Biddle through gift and song at his last legislative meeting.
Vincent B. Orange, who awoke Wednesday as the newest member of the D.C. Council, said a "perfect storm" of divided support among nine candidates helped him stave off an ambitious Republican and oust the Democratic incumbent in Tuesday's special election for an at-large council seat.
When the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed a relative newcomer named Sekou Biddle to an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in January, it left former council member Vincent B. Orange in the lurch.
D.C. Council members on Monday voted to accept an interim report designed to combat student truancy, a rampant problem that is linked to crime in city neighborhoods and public transit systems.
Thirteen percent of D.C. high school students missed at least 15 days of classes without a valid excuse during the first half of this school year, according to a report released Thursday.
D.C. residents have told officials that for years they have seen cars with Maryland license plates pull up to their schools and drop off students.
When it comes to throwing resources at the dropout problem, the D.C. government, like most bureaucracies, is as splintered and resourceful as they come.