by Prince Of Petworth October 19, 2018 at 10:35 am 0

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Update from MPD:

“MPD is currently investigating an incident that occurred by Watkins Elementary School, at 12th and E Street, SE, shortly before 8:30am.

As our complainant was there to drop a child at school, the complaint observed, what we believe to be a theft from auto. The complainant exited their vehicle and went across the street to ask the suspects, who were in a Honda Fiat, to return the property to the vehicle.

While this discussion was occurring, one of the suspects exited the Honda Fiat vehicle and crossed the street to our complainants vehicle and entered through the drivers side door that was left ajar. Our complainant ran across the street and attempted to get back into the vehicle and was unsuccessful. This vehicle had a 5 year old child in the back seat. The suspect was able to take the vehicle and flee with the child inside. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan

“Dear PoPville,

I am a mid career federal employee looking for professional level (I.e. part time after work) higher education programs in the downtown DC area. I have one masters degree already, but would like to pursue another, possibly a MPA. I have access to the GI Bill, so cost is not a factor. Does anyone have experience with Georgetown’s School if Continuing Studies or another part time program downtown? I work on Capitol Hill and live on H st NE so ideally a program near one of these areas or in between.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

“Please join Education Forward DC, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the DC Public Education Fund for a citywide screening Thursday, September 27th of America to Me, a ten-part docu-series about race and equity in America’s public schools.  The content is compelling.  Directed by Academy-Award nominee Steve James (Hoop DreamsLife Itself, The Interrupters), the series follows a year in the life of students, teachers, and administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School, a racially integrated high school near Chicago. You can learn more about the series from the New York Times and IndieWire reviews, and the series trailer. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 18, 2018 at 5:10 pm 0

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Jake tweeted around 4pm:

“My friend texted me from inside Roosevelt HS (where he was working) 30 mins ago that the school was on lockdown because a shot was fired outside the school. Apparently now they are outside after police arrived. Anyone else know more info?”

Jonah reported that the lockdown had been lifted by 4pm.

Nick reports around 3/3:15pm:

3 shots fired in alley that runs between Iowa and Webster. Right outside my back door. Police tape up in alley now and multiple officers on site”

by Prince Of Petworth August 31, 2018 at 9:30 am 0

From MPD:

“We wanted to inform the citizens of the Second District that an arrest has been made from that unfortunate incident on August 27, 2018 at LaFayette Elementary school located at 5701 Broad Branch Rd NW, in which one of our hard working crossing guards was racially harassed and threatened by a suspect who is now behind bars at the Metropolitan Police Department.

We thank the citizens of the District of Columbia for their outstanding help and patience with putting this criminal behind bars. Have a safe and wonderful evening!”

Unfortunately there was another unsettling aspect of this incident reported by the Washington Post:

“An operator at the District’s 911 center failed to send police Monday afternoon when a parent at an elementary school in Northwest Washington called to report a man outside the building threatening to shoot, according to a city spokeswoman.”

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

From MPD:

“Vehicle of Interest Sought in a Felony Threats/Stalking Offense: 5500 Block of Broad Branch Road NW

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District seek the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle of interest in connection with a Felony Threats/Stalking offense that occurred on Monday, August 27, 2018 in the 5500 block of Broad Branch Road NW.

At approximately 3:25pm, the suspect was stopped at an intersection in a vehicle at the listed location. The suspect threatened to cause serious harm to the victim who is a DC Crossing Guard. Additionally, the suspect reportedly used language indicating a bias toward the victim’s actual or perceived ethnicity and or national origin. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

From an email:

“With the school year underway, there’s no better time to get involved as a volunteer tutor or mentor. Two out of three students in DC read below grade level, and many more have additional academic and social-emotional needs. The need is real and urgent. Sign up to tutor, read with a child, or simply provide a listening ear for as little as an hour per week. DCTMI is eager to match you with one of our 40+ partner organizations based on your preferences and availability.

Opportunities include…


by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2018 at 10:45 am 0

Shopping for Public Schools in the District of Columbia: A Public Opinion Research Report About What D.C. Parents and Guardians Look for When Selecting Their Children’s Schools

“This survey shows that many parents and guardians in D.C. feel comfortable using the lottery and moving children from one school to another if they think the educational grass is greener elsewhere.”

From the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor:

“The D.C. Council has requested and provided funding for an audit of enrollment in D.C. public schools by ODCA, including projections of enrollment in five and 10 years, and a model for projecting enrollment over time. To help the District understand how parents make decisions on enrollment in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), the Auditor contracted with the survey research firm Belden Russonello Strategists, LLC, to survey parents and guardians of school-aged children.

DCPS.Parent.Survey (PDF)

The report, a quantitative survey of 600 parents and guardians of children in PK4 to 11th grade, looked at how families see the existing system and their educational options. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

34th and Macomb Street, NW

Here are some details from theJohn Eaton reno website:

“Location: 3301 Lowell St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Ward: 3

Project Budget Estimate: $55M

Feasibility Study Design Architects: R. McGhee & Associates

Project Manager: Eupert Braitwaite

Project Start (Feasibility): January 2018

Anticipated Project Completion: August 2021

Project Status: Kickoff / Feasibility Study
DCPS Contact: Oni Hinton”

And you can see the latest meeting presentation here.

A change.org petition says:

“DCPS has announced plans to modernize our beloved John Eaton School that has served the local community and broader city for more than 100 years. To complete this important project, $55 million of taxpayer dollars have been allocated, and planning has been underway since 2017. However, there have been some serious missteps with the process. The community has not been fully engaged and current feasibility plans are flawed and ignore community input.

As a result, a coalition of unified Eaton parents and neighbors have joined together to ensure Eaton remains the neighborhood jewel that it has been for the last century – not a “big box” school as shown in some recent plans. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 22, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

Thanks to Adelle for passing on the NBC story:

“An I-Team analysis of databases obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from D.C. Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) show approximately one of every four D.C. Public Schools teachers worked without licensure during the 2017-18 school year.”

Read the full story here.

From CM Grosso’s office:

“The following is a statement from Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, on the news reports regarding unlicensed D.C. Public Schools staff: (more…)


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