District of Columbia

D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

May 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

WASHINGTON POST 05/08/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner Mayor Vincent C. Gray(D) proposed a bill last week that would permit undocumented District residents to acquire driver’s licenses and identification cards.  D.C. is the latest in a string of states that have taken similar steps in response to immigrant rights […]

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DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

April 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

WASHINGTON POST 04/29/13 By Michael Shank and Allyson Mitchell A new report, released last week, suggests that DC Public Schools’ much lauded reform efforts are still failing to produce positive results for DC’s students.  Despite changes first championed by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and now by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the […]

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Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

WASHINGTON POST 04/10/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner On Wednesday, thousands of immigrants, documented and undocumented, will gather in Washington, D.C. to rally for comprehensive immigration reform, hoping to tip the scales of Congressional bipartisan support. The city’s Mayor Vince C. Gray (D), if he chooses, will have an […]

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DC’s Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

DC’s Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

March 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

HUFFINGTON POST 03/13/13 By Michael Shank The District of Columbia’s poverty problem received much-needed attention recently with reporting on how D.C. General has become a home for hundreds of homeless parents and children. The over-crowded and abandoned hospital-turned-homeless shelter has become a testament to D.C. benevolence, ushering in an outpouring […]

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Sequester Set to Sock it to D.C.’s Poorest

Sequester Set to Sock it to D.C.’s Poorest

March 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

WASHINGTON POST 03/13/13 By Michael Shank The District of Columbia’s poverty problem received much-needed attention recently with this paper’s reporting on how DC General has become a home for hundreds of homeless parents and children. The over-crowded and abandoned hospital-turned-homeless shelter has become a testament to DC benevolence, ushering in […]

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With Loss of Local gym, Anacostia Residents Lose More Than Just a Chance to Exercise

With Loss of Local gym, Anacostia Residents Lose More Than Just a Chance to Exercise

February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

WASHINGTON POST 02/27/13 By Michael Shank Anacostia’s main fitness center on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue closed this month due to hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent, and the community is now left wanting in the gym’s absence. D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) had moved to […]

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Anacostia Totem Pole Belies Washington’s Devotion to Redskins

Anacostia Totem Pole Belies Washington’s Devotion to Redskins

February 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

WASHINGTON POST 02/22/13 By Michael Shank At the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, in Anacostia, a totem pole will rise from a plain patch of vacant ground this spring. It may seem odd that a Native American totem pole was the piece of public […]

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How Mayor Vincent Gray Is Failing DC Students

How Mayor Vincent Gray Is Failing DC Students

February 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

DIANE RAVITCH 02/18/13 By Diane Ravitch During Michelle Rhee’s book tour, the nation will hear a lot of claims about the dramatic changes she imposed on the D.C. schools, which qualifies her to export her ideas to the rest of the nation. What should other states and cities seek to […]

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A Truly Radical Approach to School Reform

A Truly Radical Approach to School Reform

February 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

WASHINGTON POST 02/11/13 By Michael Shank When it comes to forecasting the educational future of District youth, especially for those living in low-income communities, there are some impressive words and initiatives being thrown around by past and present city leadership. Whether it’s Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s “Raise D.C.,” a recently […]

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Searching for Affordable Housing in Anacostia

Searching for Affordable Housing in Anacostia

February 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

WASHINGTON POST 02/06/13 By Michael Shank This month marks one year since my next-door neighbors in Anacostia moved out. They didn’t want to leave. They left because they couldn’t afford it. It was a single mother and her 15-year-old son, and for the purposes of confidentiality, I’ll call them Roz […]

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