Merger in the News

  • City officials rushed bifurcated walls plan
    Letter to the Editor, Feb. 20 Northwest Current
     
    I was glad to see D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson support the Francis- Stevens Education Campus PTA’s proposal to keep the school open. The chancellor’s original proposal included School Without Walls High School bifurcating its campus — taking over Francis-Stevens while also retaining its current location in the heart of the George Washington University campus, sending Foggy Bottom and West End elementary kids to the non-Metrorail-accessible Marie Reed in Adams Morgan and the middle schoolers to Hardy in Georgetown.This original vision was not well thought out, and the proposal to have School Without Walls High School use the remaining class rooms located at Francis-Stevens is a rushed solution. The campuses are nearly one mile apart. There has been hardly a month for parents, students and teachers to give feedback on this proposal, and we’re all left to guess how many School Without Walls High School students will relocate to Francis-Stevens or why this is occurring in the first place.The clock is ticking. There is less than six months until the start of the 2013-14 school year and D.C. Public Schools administrators have their work cut out for them. The Francis-Stevens building needs repairs. All the teachers at Francis-Stevens must reapply for their jobs; in addition, more teachers need to be hired to accommodate added high school students and for the expected enrollment growth in the early education and elementary and middle school grades. There is concern among parents at the School Without Walls that what should be an undertaking of more than a year is being sandwiched into less than six months. More time is clearly needed to do this job right, and involving parents, teachers and students is essential for there to be a smooth transition.
     
    Jackson Carnes
    Commissioner, ANC 2A07