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Education reformers across the nation hold up D.C.’s charter school network as an example to be emulated. Almost half of D.C. students attend public charter schools and the Public Charter School Board is thought to be rigorous in its authorization of new and existing schools. But local observers, whose tax dollars fund D.C. charter schools to the tune of $800 million a year, have significant questions about the expansion of charters and who makes the decisions.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • MedStar will no longer be a primary care provider for D.C. Medicaid patients. [WBJ]

  • Mayor Bowser and DCPS Chancellor demand review after report on Ballou High’s doctored graduation rates. [WTOP, Post]

  • Longtime education reporter says this DCPS scandal feels familiar. [Post]

  • D.C. will have to wait until early 2018 to find out if it’s on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist. [WBJ]

  • Police seek information on individuals who carried out six robberies in the past several weeks. [Post]

  • Sixth woman joins lawsuit alleging Howard University was slow to investigate sexual assaults. [WTOP]

  • Parts of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling will close for an active shooter training exercise this morning. [Post]

  • Police arrest man accused of groping two tourists at the U.S. Capitol. [NBC4]

  • The National Zoo’s naked mole rats are getting a new home. You can help fund it. [Post]

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Secretly recorded Project Veritas video of Inauguration Day protest planning meeting, attended by an undercover cop, played during the trial this week. [Post]

  • Councilmember Grosso introduces bill that limits out-of-school suspensions. [AFRO]

  • Labor organizers want DDOT to stop contracting out transit services. [WAMU]

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

  • A new video project has local artists share stories from Arlington’s now-defunct IOTA. [DC Music Download]

  • Take a peek inside the new West End Library. [Washingtonian]

  • Film review: James Franco’s film aboutThe Room is an endearing hit. [WCP]

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

  • How D.C. restaurateurs are diversifying their brands to feed more people. [WCP]

  • Kwame Onwuachi and Jennifer Carroll could be back on Top Chef this season. [WCP]

  • The Birdhas a new chef. Again. [Washingtonian]

  • Pinching pennies? Try these eight local dishes that cost less than under $10. [Post]

  • Bundle up and head to these cozy winter date spots. [DC Refined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, byAndrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Judge demands Ward 8 politico pay back more than $240K to nonprofit housing corporation she led and exploited. [Post]

  • Developers will break ground on Shaw Whole Foods project today. [Curbed DC]

  • Due to rising construction costs, some area developers shift to long-term holding. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. is expected to add 3.7 million square feet of new office space in 2018. [Curbed DC]

  • Four Point gets $49 million for redevelopment of Shaw church. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. Zoning Commission greenlights the redevelopment of GWU properties. [Hatchet]

  • Redeveloped Eckington park will include a dog park, play area, and event lawn. [UrbanTurf]

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