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“DCPS has proposed a merger between Maury Elementary School and Miner”

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm 31 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

DCPS has proposed a merger between Maury Elem and Miner Elem, which would really reshape elementary education options in Hill East. It’s because when DCPS redrew the boundaries a couple years ago, they made the Maury boundary bigger. Now it turns out, the Maury construction budget isn’t large enough to accommodate the influx of new kids. To make things worse, now DCPS is proposing this radical change, which would combine a high performing school with a very low performing school. DCPS is asking for parent feedback via this link.”

  • houseintherear

    Research has proven many times in the past few decades that “desegregating” schools (in this case, by performance) does not lower performance of the higher performing students but does increase performance of the lower performing students. (Many sources, but start by googling “desegregating schools research” and at the top are a few research studies, with supporting articles below.) I teach in MCPS and segregation by performance is a real issue, even in our “one of the best!” counties… please consider giving this a chance for the common good, if only for purposes of avoiding overcrowding (which helps no students’ performance).

    • stacksp

      Agreed. If anything this will improve the community and help the lower performing students and perhaps change their future.

  • Maury parent

    This is obviously some DCPS central office staffer’s brainchild to fix 2 problems at the same time: Miner being under-enrolled & poor performing, and Maury not having a large enough budget for a complete renovation. Combining the 2 problems is not going to solve anything. Invest more money in Maury’s renovation, and find other ways to turn around Miner.

  • Concerned Hill Parent

    Hold the line, no more poor kids in Maury. We’ve invested so much in making this school successful, the Miner kids will just ruin and our Capitol Hill lifestyle.

    • Hill Denizen

      I can’t tell if you’re joking.

    • Bobby McBob

      And here we see a beautiful convergence of what a troll would say, and what an actual horrible person would say. Like Hill Denizen, I can’t tell which it is. This is a masterpiece either way. 10/10, would read again.

  • Moe

    I have submitted a comment in favor of this merger

    • Longtime listener first time caller

      Don’t bother, the survey is over and the meeting it references (on 1/12) has already happened. At the meeting, DCPS also presented a “secret” option that demolishes the 1960 portion of the building and accomodates higher enrollment than the plans presented in the survey. The problem with this option (for DCPS at least) is that the bigger renovation requires going through the CIP process. I’m a Maury parent and still trying to wrap my head around the proposals; in any event, better information is available on the Maury website. Though I’m not sure why people outside the Maury/Miner boundaries care all that much…

    • Longtime listener first time caller

      Your information is old — the survey is over and the meeting it references (on 1/12) has already happened. At the meeting, DCPS also presented a “secret” option that demolishes the 1960 portion of the building and accomodates higher enrollment than the plans presented in the survey. The problem with this option (for DCPS at least) is that the bigger renovation requires going through the CIP process. I’m a Maury parent and still trying to wrap my head around the proposals; in any event, better information is available on the Maury website. Though I’m not sure why people outside the Maury/Miner boundaries care all that much…

  • maury parent

    This plan is completely nuts. Just because there isn’t enough money in the budget, DCPS has decided to do social engineering with 2 schools in 2 different neighborhoods—after 10 years of massive overspending on construction projects!

    • Bryan

      They are five minutes apart. The horror.

      • cg

        by car. I don’t have a car. how am I supposed to get my kids to 2 different schools with no direct bus line to either?

        • resident

          haha they are 1 minute away by car; 5 minutes walking.

          • Anonymous

            For the average adult, 0.5 miles is about 10 minutes, so for the average DC adult, it’s more like 20.

        • Bryan

          It is 0.5 miles between the schools. That is not a distance one can only traverse “by car.” It might add time to your commute and be a little more difficult, but seriously….it should not be the end all be all.

  • Marty

    Kind of. DCPS has proposed a cluster setup between the two schools as a possible option/solution in the Maury Modernization project. See here for more details: http://mauryelementary.com/maury-modernization/

    Yes, yes, DCPS sucks and the boundary issue is of their own making, but this parent submission does no one any favors.

    • Micki

      I understand that we all love to villify “DCPS”, but DCPS did not oversee the boundary process. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, under Abby Smith at the time, orchestrated the entire process (which was pretty great) and Mayor Gray followed by Mayor Bowser signed off. Now DCPS is trying to find a solution to an unintended consequence, give them a break.

      • Marty

        Point well taken. Thanks.

  • Anon

    This proposal would have different grades going to different schools, leaving parents with multiple elementary-age children walking their children to and from two campuses every day. I’m zoned for Miner and I oppose it. I want my children to be in school together.

  • TNAve family

    I am in support of the plan to combine the schools. If you take the time to review the 4 different plans, uniting the two schools is the best, fastest, least costly, and most reasonable choice. The two schools are within a 5 minute walk of each other down a pleasant neighborhood street. Miner is a more modern building with a lot going for it. Taking years and a lot of money to cram more school into the already small Maury lot isn’t the best way forward. I’m sure the current Maury parents are afraid of change, but that unreasonable fear shouldn’t stop this smart and future-looking plan.

    • Bryan

      “I’m sure the current Maury parents are afraid of change…’ yes….change. That’s a less COLORFUL way of putting it. It’s like the issue is not a black and white matter.

      • meh

        This is kind of misplaced…Maury is half minority, a quarter free/reduced lunch, and ~40% proficient on PARCC. It just lost Title 1 status a couple years ago. You must be thinking of Murch, where the parents got DCPS to pay for an underground parking garage: https://www.popville.com/2016/04/fix-murch-right

    • hillyeah

      +1

    • DCUnity

      They are scared of change but they probably consider themselves Liberals. Lol, not an attack on Liberals, just pointing out their hypocrisy.

    • anon miner family

      +1000

  • TN ave neighbor

    I support the merger, makes sense to leverage the physical facilities at Miner which is just down the road.

  • Realist

    It’s obvious this is a thinly veiled attempt to gentrify Miner and should be resisted as such

  • I am a Miner parent and am part of a group that has been advocating to bring a dual language immersion program to Miner. DCPS should form a partnership between Maury and Miner where Miner becomes a dual language immersion school. If in-boundary families do not want to go to a dual language school (which will not be many families – there is huge unmet demand for dual language programs in DC) they can go to Maury. Maury families, in turn, will also have a preference to go to the dual language program at Miner, making more space for Maury families and Miner families who do not want dual language. Some expansion at Maury will still be necessary, but it will make both schools a school of choice and parents will not have to take their children in different grades to two different schools.

    • Good idea

      This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for taking the time to present it and work towards a workable solutions.

    • J

      Agreed. This sounds like a great idea.

    • Realist

      Your plan is terrible. Maury is overcrowded. So giving in-boundary Miner families a right to go to Maury is going to help fix the overcrowding? That makes no sense.

      Also, if you assume that Maury parents en masse will transfer their kids from their current elementary school to attend an untested dual-language program in a worse-off neighborhood, you’re crazy. Not to mention the fact that all these Maury students that have most likely been learning in a SINGLE LANGUAGE classroom for years!

      Sadly this is what happens when parents think that, if only they had a dual language program, their neighborhood school would become Oyster Adams

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