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|Third Quarter 1998
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A year before the Control Board assumed power over the District's public schools, the nonprofit Committee on Public Education concluded:
Yet, despite all of the major efforts over the past two years aimed at reforming the District's public education system, no one has examined how to improve the system of governance over the long run. And, when the Control Board's power over the schools expires (currently scheduled for June 2000), few observers expect that Congress will return the system of school governance to the form it took before the Control Board assumed authority. Because the system of governance will again change, it is important that the issue be addressed thoroughly before the transfer of authority happens.
The DC Appleseed Center is assembling a project team of experts in education policy, other thoughtful professionals, and community leaders that will:
After the report is published and distributed, the project team will remain involved in the discussion about school governance in the District in order to ensure that (1) the report's findings are considered by policy makers and citizens as they determine the future governance structure for the D.C. Public Schools, and (2) the school governance structure chosen will foster the best classroom education possible.
The DC Appleseed Center welcomes our two newest board members:
DC Appleseed Examining Stormwater Management in the District
DC Appleseed recently began work on a project directed at protecting the Anacostia River by helping to improve the District's stormwater management system. The Anacostia River has generally poor water quality, and the section of the River which flows through the District is the most polluted body of water in the region. Pollution of the Anacostia threatens the health of residents who come into contact with the River and eat fish caught there, and impedes economic development where it is needed most, in the poor neighborhoods surrounding the River.
Stormwater is a primary source of pollution of the Anacostia River, as well as the other waterbodies in the District. Yet, the District has not complied with the stormwater provisions of the federal Clean Water Act, under which the District should have submitted a stormwater permit application to the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this decade.
A DC Appleseed project team is helping the District resolve two important issues that must be reflected in the stormwater permit: which government agency will be responsible for stormwater management, and how the stormwater management system will be financed.
To address these issues, DC Appleseed is:
DC Appleseed anticipates issuing its stormwater management recommendations in late 1998, and will subsequently work to ensure that an effective system of stormwater management is established in the District of Columbia.
In addition to the School Governance and Stormwater Projects, DC Appleseeds work continues in other areas, including:
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