: News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Chairman Says Budget Cuts Not The Reason For Teacher Layoffs

Play associated audio

The chairman of the D.C. Council Vincent Gray is challenging the assertion that council approved budget cuts are the reason for imminent teacher layoffs.

Gray says the council has funded D.C. Public Schools at exactly the same amount per pupil this year as it had last year. And while they didn't factor in inflation and cut the budget for summer school in half, Gray says that's less than 3 percent of the entire DCPS budget. He says he has no idea what "$40 million" Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee are talking about and says it's "offensive" they're blaming the council.

It isn't known as yet how many of the approximately 4,000 teachers will be laid off.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...


In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.

Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

Mass Shooting Spotlights Bernie Sanders' Stance On Gun Control

Sanders' campaign in the Democratic presidential primary race has excited many progressives. But the big issue of the moment is gun control, where his views diverge with many liberals.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.