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DC Public Schools might have its first school closure in more than five years. But students who spoke with City Papersay they value their school.  

DCPS told Washington Metropolitan High School parents that it wants to close their kids’ school at the end of the academic year. 

In the letter to parents, DCPS Chancellor Dr.Lewis Ferebee wrote that Washington Met has “consistently underperformed” as compared to the three other alternative high schools. Located in Ward 1, Washington Met is one of four “Opportunity Academies,” which are intended to help students who struggle in traditional high schools.

While DCPS seems ready to shutter Washington Met, some of its students are not.

“It’s a really upsetting feeling. I don’t want to go anywhere else, I don’t want to go to another school. I don’t want to get to know these teachers or these students all over again,” 16-year-old Lyric Johnson, who is a part of the Chancellor’s Student Cabinet, tells City Paper. “They feel like it’s attendance and all this and the third. But there is no resources that make a kid want to come to school. We don’t have anything.”

Washington Met is not definitely closing. DCPS is still weighing its decision, and hosting two meetings about the school closure, including one tonight at the school starting at 6 p.m. And Mayor Muriel Bowser has the last say.   

That’s why 17-year-old Travius Butler wants Bowser to know: “They make it seem like alternative schools [are] where you dump all the bad kids. But like most of us, we aren’t even bad. We just have things going on in our lives that most people don’t understand and never went through, so it’s hard for us to cope and open up. Other than that, we are cool, laid back kids. We want to have fun and graduate.”

Read what else Travius and other students have to say about the possibility of their school shuttering.—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Columbia Heights Apartment launches rent strike after repair requests go unanswered. [WCP]

  • D.C. education officials investigate special-education services at a charter school. [Post]

  • Three residents displaced after New Mexico Avenue NW fire Monday morning. [Twitter]

  • After a decade of service, Bike Rack closes. But a VA bike chain might replace it. [DCist, PoPville]

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

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans’ trusty Sebring is in the shop. [WCP]

  • Vincent Orange dubs Vincent Orange a hometown hero. [WCP]

  • Bus driver strike in Fairfax County comes to an end. [NBC4]

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

  • Alex McCoy is bringing both Lucky Buns and Som Tam to Union Market. [WCP]

  • A bookkeeper was charged with stealing $364,000 from a D.C. restaurant group. [DCist]

  • Chipotle checks if workers who call in sick are actually just hungover. [Eater]

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

  • The Archives of American Art revives a 1977 show to ask: What is feminist art? [WCP]

  • The Sleigher is back! [WCP]

  • Six local artisans you should know. [Washingtonian]

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

  • With a 20-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Washington football team is officially eliminated from the playoffs. [Washington Times]

  • Running back Derrius Guice suffered yet another knee injury during the game and was ruled out for the second half. He will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage. [ESPN]

  • Anthony Cowan Jr. hit a game-tying three pointer with seconds remaining and the Terps beat Illinois, 59-58, to start the season 10-0. [Testudo Times]

  • Georgetown men’s soccer team is moving on to the College Cup semifinals. [Georgetown Voice]

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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