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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

Charter schools finding niches

While many of the first-generation charter schools mimicked their public counterparts in structure and scope, many of the second-generation schools are tailor-made, according to subject matter or populations or moral goals. Published August 29, 2010

SIMMONS: Enjoy D.C.'s perks in all quadrants

"Tea party" folks beware: Don't venture outside of Northwest Washington while you're here this weekend for a momentous rally. But that warning doesn't come from police - it's from a certain blogger who professes to be looking out for your safety. Published August 26, 2010

D.C., Maryland win cash for schools

The D.C. school system and nine state applicants, including Maryland and New York, learned Tuesday they have won huge pots of money in the $3.4 billion second round of the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative. Published August 24, 2010

D.C. charter schools face unfunded mandates

D.C. schools open their doors Monday morning for the start of a new year, and charter parents and advocates say a new problem is compounding an old one. Published August 22, 2010

Cultivating ideas on urban 'grocery gap'

It has been decades since the '60s hippie movement spawned a wave of farmers markets and food cooperatives. Times are indeed a-changin' as that counterculture movement goes mainstream, including government efforts to help close the "grocery gap" in low-income, urban neighborhoods. Published August 19, 2010


D.C. to reconsider picking up event tab

The nation's capital is a natural magnet for political rallies and sporting events, such as the annual National Marathon and two huge rallies that will be held Aug. 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington. Published August 17, 2010

DCGOP speaks out this year

Because Washington is a one-party town, D.C. Republicans sometimes can't get a word in edgewise. But don't expect them to be mum. Published August 16, 2010

D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, is an advocate for the "ban the box" movement. (The Washington Times)

Former felons feel boxed in by crime question

Former felons and their advocates are becoming increasingly assertive in the national debate about crime, claiming that they are being discriminated against not just in matters of voting but also employment and housing. Published August 15, 2010

SIMMONS: Black Caucus weak on families

Dear Congressional Black Caucus members: Something is missing, and it's called family values. Do you prefer Republicans claim them as a conservative issue? Published August 12, 2010

Riders crowd the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in the early morning on Inauguration Day 2010. **FILE**

Metro brawl spurs curfew debate in D.C.

D.C. scribes are questioning whether an earlier curfew would have thwarted the melee that broke out Friday night inside a Metrorail station in downtown Washington and scared the daylights out of everyone on the scene, but the politicians aren't so forthcoming. Published August 11, 2010

Clark Ray, a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, says that if elected, "We're going to focus on transparency of the budget and policy." (Photograph by Joel Lawson/Special to The Washington Times)

'Ray' of hope for D.C. Council?

Clark Ray has worked for Bill Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore, and D.C. Mayors Anthony A. Williams and Adrian M. Fenty. As he goes door to door and runs from forum to forum in the race for an at-large D.C. Council seat, he informs voters of his Democratic pedigree. Published August 1, 2010

SIMMONS: Nation of plenty but also of laws

What do we want? What do they want? What do the countless people who have entered this country illegally or overstayed their welcome really want? They and their supporters say all they want is a better life for themselves and their families. Well, what the dickens do they think Americans want? Published July 29, 2010

**FILE** Michelle A. Rhee (The Washington Times)

Rhee has 'impact' on D.C. schools

The national school-reform spotlight is again shining on D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and, as with her other efforts, teachers are again on edge. Published July 25, 2010

Rhee aims to build voucher programs

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is in the process of formulating a new blueprint for special education reform that includes an expansion of voucher programs. Published July 22, 2010