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David Catania has high hopes for DCPS reforms as the head of the Committee on Education.
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David Catania has high hopes for DCPS reforms as the head of the Committee on Education.

D.C. Council member David Catania is proposing a sweeping overhaul to the city's public school system.

Catania introduced seven separate education measures which, taken together, represent the biggest potential overhaul of the city's public schools system since mayoral takeover more than a decade ago.

The overhaul includes proposals to give principals more budget authority, to increase funding for low-income students and to end the practice of social promotion. It would also give school officials more leeway to experiment with schools that aren't performing well.

Catania says his legislation is not a criticism of DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson or Mayor Vincent Gray. The mayor, meanwhile, says he has not been able to review the legislation.

The seven bills would be sent to the education building, and there would likely be many hearings.

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