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Who owns a high school field? The logical conclusion is the school.

But soon, this will no longer be the case at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and this has community members up in arms about who the field actually belongs to. 

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is taking control of Ellington’s athletic field. The administrative transfer of the field from DC Public Schools to DPR has been riddled with secrecy and expediency, public school parents and other stakeholders tell City Paper’sKelyn Soong

They aren’t just upset about the process.

“My real concern is this a slippery slope that DPR will start taking all the fields, putting it through a permitting process, and deprive and commandeer assets held in public trust for DCPS students,” says Martin Welles, the vice president for the Hardy Middle School PTO. “It seems like an attempt to privatize all these fields.”

The takeover of Ellington’s field was first reported by the Northwest Courier in July. People whom you’d expect would be regularly updated on the status of the transfer—like say, Duke Ellington School of the Arts PTO president—just started learning more in November. Tonight’s ANC 2E meeting will delve deeper into the topic. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)   

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • DCPS is scaling back admission requirements for its elite high schools. [Post]

  • National Zoo ramps up security for ZooLights festival after nearby shooting. [WTOP]

  • The story behind those “Oops! We found non-recyclables in your bin” tags. [WAMU]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans has challenged more than 35 percent of the signatures submitted on recall petitions. [Post, NBC, Twitter]

  • Five current and former D.C. mayors want permission to purchase the land under RFK Stadium. [Post]

  • D.C. is considering closing Washington Metropolitan High School. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • ICYMI: How to tell if your favorite restaurant is about to close. [WCP]

  • A woman says Post food critic Tom Sietsema uncovered her husband’s affair. [People]

  • These tourist trap restaurants are actually enjoyable. [Eater]

  • How are KFC’s Nashville chicken and waffles? [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • David Kamens digs deep into the rise of populism in A New American Creed. [WCP]

  • Newsies is a winner at Arena Stage. [WCP]

  • A new digital tour highlights 100 D.C. sites important to civil rights. [DCist]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Washington football team is on a two-game win streak thanks to Derrius Guice and the run game. But that doesn’t mean Bruce Allen should stay. [NBC Sports Washington, Post]

  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts parents are concerned about what DPR’s imminent takeover of the school’s athletic field means for the students. [WCP]

  • The Wizards’ lineup could change after the team gave up 150 points in a loss to the Clippers. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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