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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

**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

SIMMONS: D.C. needs Wal-Mart sans strings

Wal-Mart and top D.C. officials shared the mayor's podium Wednesday to announce that instead of building four stores in the city, the retail giant now is hoping to plant a sustainable economic development footprint with six stores. Published November 16, 2011

SIMMONS: Head Start just another failed notion

Something very intriguing occurred this week when President Obama made his high-profile pronouncement about education policy. If you read or listened closely, you noticed how adept the president was at channeling predecessors Lyndon Baines Johnson and George W. Bush - and simultaneously, at that. Published November 9, 2011

SIMMONS: Brown should be red-faced over Web link's lapse

If you want to see what the chairman of the D.C. Council is up to, your best bet is to tweet, email or reach his office the old-fashioned way because his Web domain name expired on Saturday. Published November 6, 2011

Lanier needs to chill out on legal guns

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier anticipates gun violence to escalate as colder weather settles in. That seems to be the first and most logical conclusion to statements she made Tuesday, after a night of violence in every quadrant of the District. Published November 2, 2011

SIMMONS: Anti-bully legislation misguided

Nearly every state in the union has — and the District of Columbia is considering — anti-bullying laws that allow school employees to determine whether a student is a bully. Published October 30, 2011