ANC 3E Meets Tonight; School Boundaries on Agenda
Tonight’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E meeting will include discussion of the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Student Assignment and School Boundaries Review Process and proposed changes to the boundaries and feeder patterns in the District.
ANC 3E Vice Chair Jonathan Bender intends to propose a resolution for commission consideration that would oppose a lottery system for school assignments, emphasize ANC support for neighborhood schools and call upon the District Council and Mayor Vincent Gray to take no action on the current proposals coming out of the review process. Instead, the resolution would ask the next mayor to develop a comprehensive plan to fix neighborhood schools and base redistricting on a data driven and transparent process.
In opposing the current proposals, the resolution states that they would “do no more than randomize access to schools of disparate quality” rather than raise the quality of all District schools. It further characterizes the review process as a bait-and-switch; most residents thought it would address revisions to existing boundaries to reflect current population levels rather than completely overhaul school assignment policies. The text criticizes the DC Public Schools for losing faith that “DC can ensure quality matter-of-right schools for every child.”
Parents who reside within the boundaries of ANC 3E have been very vocal in their opposition to the proposals coming out of the review process. Discussion at tonight’s ANC 3E meeting can be expected to be impassioned. A copy of the proposed resolution can be found online. It should be noted that ANC 3E Chair Matthew Frumin serves on the DC Advisory Committee on Student Assignment.
In addition to school boundaries, the agenda includes discussion and possible votes on resolutions related to: funding for sidewalk capital improvements, proposed changes to bus stops for the 30 line buses on Wisconsin Avenue, proposed bike lanes on Van Ness Street, and PEPCO’s plans to construct four underground transmission circuits.
The meeting will take place in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW. Attendees are advised to enter the building from Chesapeake Street, take the stairs on the right after entering the building, and proceed through the double doors. The Black Box Theater is the first room on the right.
Here’s the full agenda for tonight’s meeting:
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
Tenleytown – American University Park- Friendship Heights
c/o Lisner Home 5425 Western Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
(subject to change)
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:30pm
Black Box Theater, Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Announcements / Open Forum – opportunity for members of the community to raise issues of concern or importance to the 3E neighborhood
Presentation by 2nd District Police
Discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to funding for Sidewalk Capital Improvements
Discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to proposed changes to WMATA bus stops for the 30’s line buses on Wisconsin Avenue, NW between Friendship Heights and Georgetown
Discussion of and possible vote on a resolution on proposed bike lanes on Van Ness Street, NW between Nebraska and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to PEPCO plans to construct four 138kV underground transmission circuits between Little Falls Parkway (MD) and PEPCO’s Van Ness Substation (DC)
Discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to the Student Assignment proposals and process
- Approval of April 2014 Meeting Minutes
- Approval of expenditures