DC News in Brief

Written by  Administrator / Saturday, 18 December 2010 17:50
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Mayor Vincent Gray and State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley have announced gains among secondary schools on the 2011 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS).

Mayor Gray and Mahaley were joined by D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Deputy Mayor for Education DeShawn Wright, Chancellor Kaya Henderson, D.C. Public Charter School Board member Darren Woodruff and State Board of Education president, Ted Trabue, for the announcement.

"We have made important progress in all of our public schools since 2007, when we placed our schools under the authority of the mayor of the District of Columbia," Gray said in a statement. "We have much to celebrate and even more work to do. Incremental progress is not enough," he said. "We must ensure each student can succeed and thrive in both the national and global economies."

Since 2007, DC-CAS scores in secondary schools have increased by 13.4 percentage points in reading and 19.9 percentage points in mathematics. Increases in the last year were 1.1 percentage points in reading and 3.3 percentage points in mathematics.

Additionally, DC-CAS scores in elementary schools stabilized in 2011 after a decline in 2010; the long-term trend for elementary schools from 2007 remains positive in both reading and mathematics.

Streetscape in Deanwood

The Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave Streetscape project hit its six month mark on June 1, 2011 with an Anniversary Site Tour and community meeting.  The project is on schedule to complete in the Spring of 2012.  Visit www.ddot.dc.gov to follow the progress.

New chairwoman for D.C. arts commission

Judith Terra has been appointed chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency that provides grants to artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the city. She succeeds Anne Ashmore-Hudson.

Terra is a co-founder of the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and the Musee D’Art Americain in Giverny, France.

City’s Africa Festival: July 16

The D.C. Office on African Affairs has scheduled its second annual Africa Festival for 12 to 6 p.m. July 16 at the Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW.

The free festival highlights African culture in the District. Activities include live performances of zouk, Afrobeat and mbalax music; Ugandan and Nigerian dance; a fashion show and a raffle.

The event will also kick off We Count!, a survey of African businesses, organizations and people in the District.

New Appointment

D.C. Public Service Commission chairwoman and former at large D.C. Council member Betty Ann Kane was recently named president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners.

Kane will join the umbrella organization of 10 state public utility commissions, essentially watchdog groups that advocate for the regulation of public utilities, including the D.C. Public Service Commission.

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