DC to open new middle school in growing Northwest neighborhood

EDUCATION
– In recent years District leaders closed more than a dozen schools because of low enrollment, but now a new middle school underscores the city’s strategy for retaining students in neighborhood schools. (WaPo, 3/26)

…A booming corner of the city is getting its second new middle school in recent years. The opening of the campus in Northwest reflects a strategy to bolster middle schools so families will stick around to attend public high schools.

The arrival of the campus in Takoma — the school, adjacent to Coolidge High, is part of a broader $150 million overhaul of the Coolidge campus — comes as middle schools and high schools in other neighborhoods sit with ample vacant seats.

In the Takoma, Brightwood and Manor Park neighborhoods, city leaders saw an opportunity for growth. The school system studied population trends with the D.C. Office of Planning and determined that the cluster of neighborhoods is poised for one of the biggest population growths in the city over the next seven years, bolstered by the arrival of immigrant and young affluent families.

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HOUSING 
Mayor’s budget proposes slight increase for DC police, more money for programs that treat violence as health issue (WaPo, 3/26)

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PUBLIC SAFETY | DC Police Reported A 20 Percent Increase In Use-Of-Force Incidents Last Year (dcist, 3/25)

GENDER | Teen boys rated their female classmates based on looks. The girls fought back. (WaPo, 3/26)

PHILANTHROPY | The Sweetness of Circles highlights the history, strength and growth of black-led giving circles. (Medium, 3/25)


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