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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 [email protected].

 

Articles by Deborah Simmons

SIMMONS: Cosby story on schooling a real lesson

Bill Cosby, one of America's original kings of comedy, is saying precisely what President Obama should have said Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Published January 25, 2012

SIMMONS: Mayor's plan discriminates against charter students

The academic success of D.C. youths will be on the line Tuesday morning, when the D.C. Council is scheduled to take up the mayor's request for a supplemental budget that would add $25 million to traditional public school coffers. Published January 23, 2012

SIMMONS: U.S. mayors hold the key to key issues

With the U.S. Conference of Mayors scheduled to hold its annual confab in the nation's capital this week, domestic issues finally will begin to get the attention they deserve. Published January 15, 2012

SIMMONS: Residents' voices being heard on medical pot sites

Long before Harry Thomas Jr. tendered his resignation as Ward 5 D.C. Council member, his constituents began expressing serious opposition to the possibility that medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries would be dumped in their ward. And now that Thomas is officially off the dais, their concerns are bearing down on other lawmakers who support reefer madness. Published January 11, 2012

** FILE ** D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (The Washington Times)

D.C. Council member Thomas resigns, will plead guilty

Embattled D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. on Thursday evening resigned from office and said he will plead guilty in the morning to two federal charges of stealing more than $350,000 in taxpayer funds and failing to report income on his tax returns. Published January 5, 2012

SIMMONS: Under Gray, cash spigot keeps flowing

One year ago today, Vincent C. Gray strode onto a stage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, put hand to Bible and promised to deliver D.C. residents to a land of fiscal responsibility. Residents cheered him on. Published January 1, 2012

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

SIMMONS: Keep a watchful eye on high cost of school reform

There's a nasty little trend coursing throughout America, and while I hardly want to toss a bucket of cold water on your warm holiday spirits, a warning is in order as federal, state and local governments broach the inevitable passionate debates about education funding in 2012. Published December 25, 2011

SIMMONS: A naughty-or-nice tally for Santa

You know that naughty-or-nice list that jolly old St. Nicholas keeps all year long? Well, this year he doesn't have to wait until Dec. 24 before he pulls out his Sharpie for the last time. Published December 21, 2011

SIMMONS: Pre-New Year's resolutions show Brown priorities

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown promised to get a comprehensive ethics-reform bill passed before the new year rolls in, and if things go as scheduled, he and his colleagues will place their imprimatur on a measure Tuesday. Published December 18, 2011

SIMMONS: The high cost of special-ed bus service

This morning, the D.C. Council opens wide the door to the spiraling costs of providing transportation for 3,500 special-education students, whose busing system currently costs taxpayers about $26,285 per student, per year. Published December 11, 2011

SIMMONS: Enrollments show D.C. parents want more school choices

OK school-choice advocates. It's time to go old-school this week as the Gray administration begins drawing up a school-closure list and as the new panel charged with examining the education-affordability factor holds its first session. Published November 27, 2011

SIMMONS: Give thanks for blessings and thought for needy

The politicians who just left for Thanksgiving will continue to talk turkey after they return to Washington. But before they do, it's incumbent upon us on this day and in the months ahead to remember that cutting federal spending can benefit each and every American if we do our part to fill a breach. Published November 23, 2011

SIMMONS: Raise teacher pay without raising bar?

Earlier this school year, D.C. officials released some discomfiting news: Only 52 of 187 city schools met federal Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks in reading or math. Published November 20, 2011