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When a community tutoring and mentoring group met the new principal at Hine Junior High School on Dec. 5, it didn’t get a handshake—it got a kick out the door. Project Northstar volunteers had been meeting in the Southeast school’s cafeteria every Monday night at 6:30 for nearly 10 years, tutoring about 30 homeless and at-risk students at a time, when Principal Willie Jackson expelled them. Brian Carome, executive director of Project Northstar, says that the group followed its usual protocol of submitting a space-request form and receiving verbal confirmation of its agreement with D.C. Public Schools authorities. But the paperwork has not gone through: “We are required to have an agreement form No. 1, insurance No. 2, and also security,” Jackson says. “To my attention, they had neither of the three.” Carome says he resubmitted the form last week, but Jackson rejected it. “This has significantly derailed the program,” says Carome, who is searching for a new site for the kids. “We’re not going to walk away from them the way that DCPS has.” —Rachel Beckman