Wednesday, November 19

DC WEDNESDAY

Union City "Firing teachers and closing schools is not going to help bring our students up to speed," says DC parent Maria P. Jones. "People's lives have been shattered and turned upside down. Public school is a stabilizing institution within the community and when you take that away you create instability." Jones' children go to John Burroughs Education Campus, one of the DC schools targeted for closure by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. "We fought like hell," Jones says, "out in the streets, walkouts, sit-ins, petitions," as well as letters and testimony to elected officials, fighting "day and night to keep the school open." When the school year started, a half-dozen school aides were fired "because they were a few points off the test but those aides knew the children, had developed relationships with the children." Adds Anita Buzeh, a youth organizer with the Youth Education Alliance, "My favorite teachers were laid off and it was difficult to adjust to someone new. Many students felt disrespected by the haphazard way in which this transition happened, which reduced our motivation."

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Peta2 hailed AU as the most vegetarian-friendly school in the country. AU edged out Wesleyan University in the final round to gain the top spot. Peta2's competition, which went on throughout the month of November, allowed students to vote for the college they though supplied the most vegetarian-friendly options.

Leah Fabel, Examiner Skyrocketing costs expected to accompany huge crowds in town for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama could stick cash-strapped D.C. with a record-breaking bill for services. Security and capacity measures recommended by D.C.'s congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and others will almost certainly surpass the $15 million the federal government gives to the District each year to defray the cost of events, Norton said.

Roses to Phil Mendelson, Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Harry Thomas and Mary Cheh for voting against the confirmation of Fenty's Karl Rove, Peter Nichols.

The Post included this interesting note its coverage of the Nickols confirmation: "An appointed attorney general is unusual, according to the National Association of Attorneys General. Forty-three states elect attorneys general.". . . Not quite an endorsement, but since the Review has been pushing an elected attorney general (as well as an elected comptroller) for over thirty years, its nice to see it mentioned.

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