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Today is National Dog Day, and so to celebrate here is a picture of a dog at his pool party; a dog befriending a cat; and a dog who visited City Paper recently.  

THE NEWS: 

The first day of classes for DC Public Schools (DCPS) is also today, and parents have a lot of questions that have gone unanswered by city officials about D.C.’s policy around sexual misconduct. Parents like Danica Petroshius and Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Denise Krepp started questioning the policy early this summer, after learning from WAMU about an incident in mid-May where a school employee kissed and inappropriately touched a 13-year-old student. 

But city officials have been slow-walking or declining to answer all these parents’ questions. What Krepp, Petroshius, and others did learn in their correspondence with the Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn and other officials is: 

  • There have been six schools where substantiated claims of sexual abuse by an employee occurred between January 2018 and the present. Some parents want to know specifically where, but Kihn’s office does not want to disclose this, citing concern for the victims involved.  

  • About 27 percent of DCPS staffers have expired background checks. 

  • Kihn’s office doesn’t keep the aforementioned information on charter schools, which make up almost half of the city’s 93,000 students and are the domain of DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson.

It’s true that the city is still implementing the School Safety Act of 2018. School staff will be re-trained on a new sexual misconduct policy in the fall and DCPS just launched a public working group. Read the full story online. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • D.C.’s Department of Corrections handed 43 undocumented immigrants over to ICE between January 2016 and June 2019. [WCP

  • 77 percent of D.C. residents support laws to stop building in areas at greater risk for disruption induced by climate change, the highest share of any metro residents surveyed. [Curbed]

  • Metrobus drivers voted to authorize a strike. Question is, when? [WAMU

  • Spin scooters will get docks. [Post]

  • Haywood Turnipseed Jr. asks “What’s good with SusanKatz Miller?!” She’s a local expert in interfaith families. [WCP]

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

  • GW Hatchet ed board encourages students to help in the effort to unseat embattled Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. [GW Hatchet]

  • 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz to step aside from the business after his arrest for solicitation of prostitution. [Billboard, WTOP]  

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s tweets about a free Circulator bring to mind another politician with itchy Twitter thumbs, Councilmember Mary Cheh says. [Post]

  • The Post editorial board defends the shelter for migrant children that the Trump administration wants to build in D.C., calling local pols’ opposition “NIMBYism masquerading as human concern for children.” [Post]

  • Mayor Bowser is wrong about Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old girl who went missing from a D.C. homeless shelter, Post columnist Colby King writes. [Post]

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

  • Supra owners to open their second Georgian restaurant, Tabla, specializing in khinkali and khachapuri. [WCP]

  • The story behind Astoria’s water boiled beef dish that’s gaining legend status. [WCP]

  • D.C. in 2019 is paying $40 to make a candle at Georgetown’s forthcoming Candle Bar. [WCP]

  • Low-ABV beverages are middle ground between mocktails and super boozy drinks. [DCist]

  • Could more fast food be served alongside wine in the very near future? [Post]

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

  • Betrayal at 4615 Theatre nails thrust staging. [WCP]

  • Former NASA aerospace engineers now make killer card games. [Washingtonian]

  • Local author Rion Amilcar Scott’s The World Doesn’t Require You is lush. [WAMU]

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

  • An announced sellout crowd of 19,871 fans watched the Washington Spirit in its first game at Audi Field this season, more than doubling the team’s previous attendance record. [ProSoccerUSA]

  • Mystics’ Kristi Toliver could be out until the playoffs with a knee injury. [SB Nation]

  • The Nats continue their winning ways with a sweep of the Cubs. Next up: a two-game series against the dreadful Orioles. [NBC Sports Washington]

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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