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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

Gun-law repeals threaten voting bill

D.C. voting rights always has been a heavy political lift inside the Beltway, and the latest version poised to be voted on this week is more of the same. Published April 20, 2010

SIMMONS: Liberal bias has tainted schools

Liberal ideology and the teaching profession are inextricably linked. David Horowitz sounded the alarm. He warned us that academia was leading young minds in a direction that would come to affect every aspect of American tradition and policy. Pity the enemies of liberalism and our children because, well, here we are. Published April 16, 2010

D.C. council chairman doubts merit pay's finances

Vincent Gray fired the first salvo in a Washington schools debate with national implications on whether teachers should be rewarded for performance rather than seniority, expressing skepticism about a tentative contract. Published April 15, 2010

Chemical weapons cleanup blast set to go in D.C.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to detonate some World War I-era chemical weapons in the Spring Valley neighborhood remained Wednesday in place as the city dashed to have a public-safety plan ready to go. Published April 15, 2010

SIMMONS: System working; problem is the law

The system isn't the problem. The problem is the D.C. rule of law. Children — especially those with bloody hands — must be held accountable. Published April 14, 2010

Fenty's budget plan under fire

When D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty submits his fiscal 2011 budget proposal to the D.C. Council on Monday, at least two lawmakers will be casting keen eyes on his election-year, tax-raising plan. Published April 12, 2010

SIMMONS: Talented Mills lives on in work

HBO is offering lovers of jazz and history a glimpse at one of America's oldest black neighborhoods on Sunday night when its series "Treme" debuts. Published April 9, 2010

D.C. teacher contract includes merit pay

After more than two years of talks, officials with D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union announced Wednesday a tentative contract deal that includes a merit-pay component - an issue long pushed by conservatives and supported by the Obama administration, but considered a no-no by teachers unions. Published April 8, 2010

SIMMONS: Left exploits Girl Scouts is conducting an interesting poll that asks a simple question: Should the Girl Scouts be involved with Planned Parenthood in distributing sex guides? Published March 26, 2010

Lower enrollment spells closure for city schools

Closing and consolidating schools, and laying off teachers, because of shrinking enrollments are nothing new for urban districts from Washington, D.C., to San Antonio. Published March 24, 2010

SIMMONS: New generation of HIV threats

Meet Rick Webster, Tammy Sharp and Kevin Sellars, and allow a reintroduction of Nadja Benaissa - the Norah Jones-inspired songstress. Each represents a portentous new challenge in the battle against HIV/AIDS. But are you paying attention? Published March 19, 2010

SIMMONS: Texas won't lasso schools

All eyes and ears should be trained this spring on Texas, where the clash of culture ideals is playing itself out. The stakes in this pitched battle are high because many school districts follow Texas' lead when it comes to curriculum and because timing is crucial. Published March 12, 2010

SIMMONS: Government's not the 'village'

Each year, an estimated 1.3 million youths drop out of high school, according to the advocacy group America's Promise Alliance. The White House puts the number at 1.2 million. Whatever the exact number, many dropouts end up in jail and prison, some languish for years like lost souls, and others struggle to become productive citizens. Now is the time for solutions. Published March 5, 2010

SIMMONS: Disputation on domestic abuse

Unless the parties involved held celebrity status, domestic abuse used to be one of those secrets, like abortions and unwed pregnancies, that families tried to keep hush-hush. To be sure, there were cracker-barrel discussions and busybodies spreading hometown dirt. If progressives and Malthusians have their way, shotgun weddings will be classified as domestic violence, too. Published February 26, 2010

SIMMONS: Schools' latest busing issue

There's yet another nanny-state tie-in that federal lawmakers will consider regarding the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. Let's call it the "vexatious issue of school transportation." Published February 19, 2010

SIMMONS: Leave fitness to families

They all weighed in this week. President Obama. First lady Michelle Obama. Private industry. They are training their sights on childhood obesity with a coordinated battle of the bulge. The question is: What will parents do? Published February 10, 2010