District of Columbia Government

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New DC Council Emergency Law Allows Chronically Absent Students to Graduate

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] District policy currently states that students who have 30 absences in a class should fail the course, yet on June 5 the D.C. Council voted 12-1 on an emergency...

Some District Taxes and Age Restrictions on the Rise, Feminine Hygiene Taxes Cut

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Oct. 1 marked the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year, which also meant tax changes for those who spend money in the District of Columbia. The general sales tax has...

DCPS Announces 2019 Principal and Teacher of the Year

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] As schools are closely approaching the beginning of winter break, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other District officials surprised District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) educators with high honors. ...

Bowser First Woman Mayor to Be Sworn in to Second Term

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer It was a spirited morning as Mayor Muriel Bowser, and several members of the D.C. Council were sworn in as part of several #DCProud2019 events last week. “Today I follow...

D.C. Libraries Host Events to Honor Dr. King

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer D.C. Public Libraries have a week full of events and resources for every ages in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week...

First Step Act is a Good Start

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer In 2019 organizations that supported the recently passed First Step Act, which helps reform the prison system, are calling for proper implementation and transparency, officials said. “I think the take...

DCPS Launches New Five-Star Report Card System

By Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] "District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will now follow a new report card for young learners attending public schools." This new and improved report card includes a five-star system which...

Reid Scores Big Endorsement in Ward 1 Race

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Sheika Reid, a candidate for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat, recently got a huge endorsement. Reid received the nod of approval from the American Federation of State, Council and...

Bowser a No Show but Gets Ward 8 Dems Nod Anyway

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser didn't attend the May 19 Ward 8 Democrats meeting but it appears she didn't have to. She overwhelmingly got the organization's endorsement in the...

Who Knew What, When About D.C.’s Schools Ex-Chancellor?

Antwan Wilson, former chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser knew about his daughter’s covert transfer to another high school, months before it became public knowledge and resulted...

D.C. Councilmember Trayon White Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments

After snow flurries briefly coated the Washington Metropolitan Area on the morning of Friday, March 16, Councilmember Trayon White (D-8), took to Facebook Live to reference the wealthy, Jewish, Rothschild family, as the blame...

AFRO Exclusive: OSSE Releases Statement After OSSE Public Meeting

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Just days after the public outcry of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, faculty, staff and parents of students confronted the SBOE about residency fraud claim, the Office of...

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