WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Proposals to redraw school boundaries set off political scuffles in the District. Maryland's General Assembly rumbles across the finish line as the 2014 session closes in Annapolis. And a non-Democrat scraps his way onto the Arlington County Board, breaking the party's strangle hold on Arlington politics. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Abigail Smith Answers Your Questions

After DC Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith's appearance on Kojo Nnamdi's Politics Hour, she answered additional questions that came in from listeners on Twitter and email.

Could you explain the grandfathering options? A lot of folks are concerned if changes go into effect in 2015 that means their kids are dragged out of school and taken somewhere else.

Some boundary lines seem to cut through neighborhoods. Was consideration given to neighborhoods when dividing up schools?

The loudest voices tend to be the critics, and you've had plenty, but what positives have you heard from people in the community about these proposals?

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Was there ever a thought about bringing charter schools more into the fold of this process?

Do you think this is the sort of project that should have started when a new mayor takes office?

Was there consideration for distance to schools when redrawing boundaries?

Are you happy with the level of funding you have for at-risk students this coming year?

Review DC's School Boundary Proposals

Scroll And Zoom In To View Proposal Maps For Each Ward

Scroll through a comparison of policy examples and current conditions from DC Public Schools.

DCPS School Boundaries Review

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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

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