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Longer Academic Year At 11 D.C. Schools Draws Complaint From Teachers Union

The Washington Teacher's Union, which represents educators in D.C.'s traditional public schools, says it plans to file a labor complaint against the school system because it is extending the academic year from 180 days to 200 on some campuses.

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D.C. Schools Chancellor Proposes Investing In Alternative Schools, Struggling Kids

D.C. public schools have recently focused on expanding offerings at K-through-12 schools. But now, Chancellor Kaya Henderson says a big focus in the new budget will be on alternative schools.
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Top MPD Officials Meet Taxi Driver Reps To Discuss Harassment Complaints

Following a WAMU 88.5 report on questionable tickets issued to cabbies, police officials met with representatives of cab companies to discuss their complaints.

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Evaluation Process For DCPS Teachers Undergoing Changes

DCPS officials are making several changes to the formal teacher evaluation process that's been in place since 2009, some of which — including student evaluations — are opposed by the teacher's union.

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Homeless Shelters in Every Ward - A Community Responds

Kojo finds out how communities across the city are responding to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to place small, transitional homeless shelters in the District's eight wards.

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To Understand Scalia's Judicial Philosophy, Look No Further Than D.C.'s Gun Laws

Justice Antonin Scalia was the court's best-known "originalist" — he believed that the meaning of the U.S. Constitution was set when it was adopted, and the interpretation doesn't shift over time. That judicial philosophy was on display in the 2008 decision that overturned D.C.'s longstanding ban on handgun ownership.
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Ward 7's Yvette Alexander On Gray's Comeback: It's 'Revenge'

At one time, Yvette Alexander was Vincent Gray's protégé. Now the former mayor is challenging her for the Ward 7 seat he held before her. Alexander calls his re-entry into politics "revenge" after his career was tarnished by scandal.
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How D.C. Streetcar May Have (Finally) Made It Through The Testing Process

The D.C. Streetcar is now set to start carrying passengers "on or after Feb. 26," capping years of problems with testing and certification process spanning two mayoral administration.

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'I Was Unable To Hold Them Accountable': Outgoing Medical Director Blasts Dysfunction At D.C. Fire And EMS

Jullette Saussy, the outgoing medical director at D.C. Fire and EMS, says the department requires sweeping reforms.
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D.C. Streetcar Can Start Running As Soon As Feb. 26, Safety Agency Says

The city's first streetcar line since 1962 may start carrying passengers along the Northeast D.C. corridor “on or after Feb. 26,” according to a letter from D.C. Fire and EMS to federal transportation officials.

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