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“This is an area that we’ve known is an area we need to improve on, and we’ve been working on putting these systems in place.”

It hasn’t even been two months since reporters discovered that former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson flouted enrollment rules to send his daughter to a top-tier high school. But an investigation by The Washington Post shows that another kind of fraud “is widespread, and enforcement is spotty,” among DCPS officials and employees. Many have committed enrollment fraud—that is, living outside of the District but sending children to schools in D.C., on taxpayer dollars. “The system has been abused even by public officials well versed in the rules. Among those alleged to have improperly enrolled their children are a celebrated principal and a teacher of the year,” the Post reported.


  • Inside the critical race theory course required for Metropolitan Police Department officers. [Washingtonian]

  • Montgomery County mulls over a nearly $400,000 legal aid fund for immigrants facing deportation. [WTOP]

  • The Department of Human Services has chosen the wrong place, time, and way to promote its SNAP fraud campaign. [PoPville]

  • An Amtrak train strikes, kills a pedestrian in Prince George’s County. [WTOP]

  • Meet Moke, the first male western lowland gorilla born at the National Zoo in nine years. [PoPville]

  • Washington City Podcast: Hear the Howard professor who taught Chadwick Boseman and numerous other theater and film stars in her decades-long D.C. career. [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Post editorial board says lowering voting age to 16 could spark civic engagement. [Post]

  • Local leaders and a high school student discuss the merits of a lower voting age. [Kojo]

  • D.C. police are searching for three suspects in a potential hate crime on Sunday. [FOX5]

  • What the District’s effort to be a “resilient city” actually means. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Waiting For Godot is a masterpiece of theater. Here’s how set designers try and change up its minimalist stage setup. [Post]

  • It’s that time of year again: Fort Reno is taking band submissions. [DC Music Download]

  • The Upright Citizens Brigade, Mike Daisey, and the Second City are among the highlights Woolly Mammoth’s 2018/2019 theater season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • The Wizards are in the playoffs. Listen to a new ‘Zards playoff anthem courtesy of Styme. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

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

  • D.C.’s homegrown vegan pork rinds company could make it big. [Washingtonian]

  • These bars and restaurants are offering tax season specials. [Eater]

  • This petition urges food delivery companies to serve Wards 7 and 8. [WTOP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Inside the Watergate, America’s most famous office-slash-condo space. [WAMU]

  • Once a parking lot, always a parking lot. [Urban Turf]

  • Improving TheBus. [GGW]

  • Unpacking the Pentagon’s solicitation for a $10 billion cloud computing contract—and how it intersects with Amazon. [WBJ]


  • NC 7F meets at 6:30 p.m. 100 Stoddert Pl. SE.

  • ANC 5E meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. 1400 1st St. NW.

  • ANC 8B also meets at 7:00 p.m.  2455 Alabama Ave. SE.

  • ANC 3F meets today at 7:30 p.m. 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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