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Barnes Joins with Empower DC – Files Lawsuit to Stop School Closures

Tuesday April 2, 2013
Barnes Joins with Empower DC – Files Lawsuit to Stop School Closures

On Friday, March 29th Lead Attorney Johnny Barnes was joined by members of an eight-person Legal Team to file a lawsuit to block the proposed Plan by Chancellor Kaya Henderson to close 15 D.C. Public Schools.

“We are making history,” said Attorney Barnes. “Communities throughout the country are fighting the closure of public schools, but D.C.…  

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D.C. Statehood — In Our Lifetime

Saturday March 2, 2013
D.C. Statehood — In Our Lifetime

A group of dedicated and determined District residents have been volunteering to educate Congress about D.C. Statehood. Encouraged by the fact that 4 senators, including Illinois Senator Dick Durbin — a confidant of President Obama — have introduced a D.C. Statehood Bill; while Congresswoman Norton has reintroduced a companion Bill, these citizens are making significant headway in dispelling the many myths about D.C.…  

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On D.C. School Closings – Dual Standards

Friday March 1, 2013
On D.C. School Closings – Dual Standards

In 2008 the District closed 23 public schools. Those closures followed the closing of some 55 public schools, beginning in 1976. Recently, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced yet another round of closings, 15 in total, including 13 at the end of this school year and two additional schools at the end of next school year.

It is clear and undisputable that the closings in 2008 and those scheduled for 2013 and 2014 have had and will have a disproportionate impact on students of color and individuals with disabilities. …  

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