Parents At High-Performing D.C. High School Criticize Merger With Other School | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Parents At High-Performing D.C. High School Criticize Merger With Other School

Play associated audio
The School Without Walls is a high school located in Foggy Bottom, and has merged with Francis-Stevens, a K-8 school in the West End.
The School Without Walls is a high school located in Foggy Bottom, and has merged with Francis-Stevens, a K-8 school in the West End.

Many parents whose children attend the high-achieving School Without Walls High School in Northwest D.C. say the merger with another neighborhood school is not working.

Francis-Stevens Education Campus, a pre-K through eighth grade school in the West End, was saved from the chopping block after it merged with School Without Walls this academic year.

Jean Boland, a parent, says the School Without Walls community is upset it wasn't consulted.

She says they want separate budgets for each school and a permanent decision made that the high school students wouldn’t have classes at Francis Stevens, almost a mile away. Boland says they also want a dedicated principal for each school, rather than one overseeing both campuses.

"At a rally a student spoke of seeing the principal only one this year," she says.

No high school students currently take classes at Francis Stevens, and there are dedicated assistant principals at each school.

Council member David Catania (I-At Large) promised a meeting between representatives of D.C. Public Schools and parents. But he said this merger could be "like a marriage that starts out rocky but lasts for 100 years."

NPR

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.
NPR

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.
NPR

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."
NPR

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

Leave a Comment

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