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When Antwan Wilson became D.C. Public Schools Chancellor earlier this year, he inherited a system in which the achievement gap between rich and poor has widened and the disparities across race remain grievously great. Not to mention a central office and school culture plagued by constant firing and hiring, command and control management, a tight focus on outcomes without thoughtful consideration of the processes and steps needed to produce them, and too little appreciation for transparency and candor. As Wilson prepares to release his new strategic plan in the next few weeks, elected State Board of Education members Markus Batchelor and Ruth Wattenberg, from Wards 8 and 3, respectively, offer their advice to improve schools.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS

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  • Salvadoran brothers, with no criminal records and one with a college scholarship, are heartlessly deported. [Post, WAMU, NBC4]

  • In Silver Spring, robbers held four people hostage all night. [Post]

  • Indian Head Highway, the most dangerous road in the D.C. metro area. [NBC4]

  • Before AC, how Washingtonians stayed cool in the summer months. [WAMU]

  • A 28-year-old D.C. firefighter is in critical condition after being struck by a ladder truck last night. [NBC4, ABC7]

  • A woman’s dying wish was a milkshake from Ohio. [AP]

  • An SUV slammed into a Southeast apartment building this morning. [NBC4]

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

  • A leadership exodus plagues Mayor MurielBowser’s administration. [WCP]

  • D.C. traffic signal timers will get reboot to mitigate congestion. [NBC4]

  • Apparent settlements between Metro and L’Enfant Plaza smoke victims. [WTOP]

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

  • At the Mexican Cultural Institute, a powerful story told through clay. [WCP]

  • Silver Spring’s Forum Theatre announces three of its four productions for its 13th season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Take a stroll down memory lane: Local theaters—most of which are now a CVS—that have retained their historic look and signage. [Washingtonian]

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

  • D.C. restaurants that may be better for lunch than dinner. [WCP]

  • Solly’s,The Pug, and Brookland’s Finest are teaming up on a new bar. [PoPville]

  • Matchbox settles with five workers who will get lost wages and other benefits. [DCist]

  • Beer festivals to look forward to this month. [Post]

  • Eleven new breweries in the region. [Eater]

  • Need help learning how to wine and dine someone? [WBJ]

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

  • Small-scale neighborhood grocery stores seem to be making a comeback in D.C. [Post]

  • Not including the mortgage, owning a D.C. home can cost you over $10,000. [UrbanTurf]

  • You can rent two- and three-bedrooms in the District for $4,200 per month. [UrbanTurf]

  • Historic preservation officials approve 45-unit Barracks Row development. [UrbanTurf]

  • New 129-unit luxury apartment building on U and 13th streets NW debuts. [Curbed DC]

  • 296-unit residential project opens at former Brookland printing press site. [Curbed DC]

  • General Service Administration wants to sell desirable parcel near Nats Park. [Bisnow]

  • Businesses to open in Southwest Wharf development looking for employees. [WUSA9]

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