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The future of Crummell School

Ivy City, tired of being a D.C. ‘dumping ground,’ takes on Gray over bus depot

In past years, Ivy City accepted unwanted projects with little more than a grumble. But not this time. Empower DC, an activist group that filed the D.C. Superior Court lawsuit in late July on behalf of two Ivy City residents and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission, said it found several missteps by the city that should persuade a judge to block construction of the depot at the shuttered Alexander Crummell School, at 1900 Gallaudet Ave. NE.

Nice to see Empower DC get some publicity.

Attn: Vincent Gray, Kwame Brown, Vincent Orange

Day of Strife: An Open Letter to the DC Council

Empower DC takes our message to the Mayor



Join Empower DC to send a message to Mayor Gray:



Join the Empower DC contingent at the

Mayor’s “One City Citizen’s Summit”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Meet at 11 AM

At the Convention Center

801 Mt Vernon Pl, NW

Meet at Mt Vernon Pl. entrance/across from Carnegie Library/Mt Vernon Sq Metro

*Wear your Empower DC tshirt*

Join us to deliver information to summit participants about


RSVP to , (202) 234-9119 x104

Register for the Summit at


Mayor Gray recently commissioned a study of DC schools by the Illinois Facility Fund (IFF) and paid for by the Walton Foundation (Wal-Mart) and several other interests heavily invested in charter schools. The study divided DC schools up into 4 tiers (Tier 1 being the highest “performing” and Tier 4 being the “lowest performing”). The methodology used to rank the schools into Tiers was by looking at Standardized Test Score Results (DCCAS)

Overall the study offers 4 recommendations

Invest in facilities and programs to accelerate performance in Tier 2 schools.

Close or Turnaround Tier 4 DCPS Schools. Close Tier 4 charter schools.

Fill seats in Tier 1 Schools. Sustain the performing capacity of Tier 1 schools.

Monitor Tier 3 schools.

When reading the recommendations for the specific Top Ten Clusters, IFF also recommends to close some Tier 3 DCPS schools. Here are the Tier 3 and 4 schools the report recommends to close or turn around broken down by Ward.

Ward 1 – 2 schools – Bruce Monroe @ Parkview, Cardozo High School (both Tier 4)

Ward 4 – 5 schools – Brightwood Ed. Campus, Roosevelt High School (both Tier 4) —– Macfarland Middle, Raymond Ed. Campus, Truesdell Ed. Campus (these 3 are Tier 3)

Ward 5 – 5 schools – Burroughs Ed. Campus, Browne Ed. Campus, Spingarn High School, Wheatley Ed. Campus (these 4 are Tier 4) —- Noyes Ed. Campus (Tier 3)

Ward 7 – 10 schools – Aiton Elementary, Drew Elementary, Kelly Miller Middle, Woodson High School, CW Harris Elementary, Davis Elementary, Nalle Elementary (These 7 are Tier 4) —- Plummer Elementary, Beers Elementary, Randle Highlands Elementary (These 3 Tier 3)

Ward 8 – 16 schools – Anacostia High School, Kramer Middle, Garfield Elementary, Stanton Elementary, Johnson Middle School, Malcolm X elementary, Ferebee-Hope Elementary school, Terrell/McGogney elementary school, Patterson Elementary, Simon elementary (These 10 are Tier 4) —- Orr elementary, Ballou High School, Hart Middle, Hendley Elementary, King Elementary, Leckie Elementary (These 6 are Tier 3)



Mayor Gray, We Hold YOU Accountable to

Save our Schools & Communities:

We reject the flawed findings of the IFF report and its recommendations to close/turn around DCPS schools.

We demand a moratorium on school closures until a valid community-led process is developed for evaluating our schools.

Let’s start by holding a One City Citizen’s Summit dedicated solely to Education, where students, parents and educators – the real experts – can lead the discussion on how to better our schools.

Let’s try something new. Let’s work with the community to find the solution. We look forward to your response.

Parisa B. Norouzi
Executive Director
Empower DC
1419 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-9119


No waiver for EastBanc Inc

Occupy DC: ACTION: Dignified Homes Not Arbitrary Zones 1/5

The District of Columbia requires real estate developers to dedicate 8% of new housing units to be below Fair Market Rate (FMR). EastBanc Inc., a multinational development company, is asking the DC Zoning Commission to waive this rule. “EastBanc is one of the most powerful developers in this city, and I am sickened that they are now demanding to be exempt from existing laws meant to protect many Washingtonians,” said DC native and occupier Pete Perry.

Occupy D.C., a group with many DC and DC Metro area residents, does not support the arbitrary suspension of existing zoning rules in the interest of multinational corporations.

Crummell School: Heart and Soul of the Community

Crummell School: Heart and Soul of the Community

Rough cut of film about Crummell School: It’s history, importance to the community of Ivy City in NE Washington DC and what the community would like to see happen to it.

Mayor Vincent Gray, Chair Kwame Brown, are you listening?

Reopen the Franklin Shelter!

Attention Mayor Vincent Gray:

Statement from Free Franklin DC

The Franklin School building, owned by the city, has been vacant since late September 2008 when the DC government closed the homeless shelter that was housed there right before the beginning of hypothermia season. Despite promises that all of the residents would be given permanent housing, the majority wound up in other over-crowded shelters away from downtown, far from physical and mental health care and other needed services, or were put out onto the street. Three years later the city continues to break its promises to house and shelter DC residents, under-funding housing and shelter programs, including cutting $3 million from services for DC’s 6,500 homeless individuals and $20 million for affordable housing last year alone. The DC government refuses to ensure the most basic human right to housing for everyone in our community.

Reat the whole thing.

Attention Deanwood and Benning Road

Far Northeast Livability Study
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 – 10AM to 12PM

Teachers are not the enemy

Washington City Paper

Michelle Rhee’s assault on the D.C. Public Schools status quo will go down as a rare attempt to raise local institutions above the low standards Washingtonians once accepted. Rhee shares Fenty’s abrasive traits, but in her case, it’s easy to be more charitable: When it comes to reforming a failed school system, you either go monomaniacal or go home. It’s naïve to think that you can do it while simultaneously making nice with the old guard.

The use of the word assault is indicative of the racial divide of our city. Michelle Rhee and the education deformers have indeed conducted an assault on the DC Public School system, with entirely predictable results, parents are pulling their children out of school as never before. Not as part of a long time trend, but at an accelerated pace.

If Vincent Gray prevails he will have a hard task healing the racial divide. There are just too many white people who delight in seeing black public employees get beaten on and insulted. Too many white people who simply have no idea about what is going on east of Rock Creek Park.

I am not optimistic. Vincent Gray strikes me as a hack, not somebody who is ready to go to bat for the city’s dispossessed, or having the communication skills that would allow him to explain to the West of Rock Creek Park crowd why it is in their interests are connected to the well being of the cities most disadvantaged residents.

March 24 Master Facilities Plan Info & Action Summit

Info & Action Summit on the
Why DC Doesn’t Have a Plan, and Why Now is the Time

Wed, March 24th
6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Reeves Center
14th & U Sts, NW
Accessible Location * Light Refreshments

The Master Facilities Plan has been required by the Comprehensive Plan since 1986, yet has not been created. The People’s Property Campaign won introduction of legislation requiring the plan and Councilmember Mary Cheh pledged swift action but has since stalled.
What will it take to get the Council to ACT NOW?

• How the absence of a facilities plan has assisted the give-away of public property and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions in wasteful leases
• How this plan could help under-served communities get the resources they are demanding and deserve
• What DC residents can do in the next 60 days to pass legislation requiring the plan, and hold the city accountable to carrying it out

RSVP/More Info to Parisa at Empower DC
(202) 234-9119,