City Paper is not for tourists
Nothing like the deaths of four D.C. children to prompt a classic round of fingerpointing. Just check out the brief piece by Dena Levitz in this morning’s edition of the Examiner.
Here’s what you got:
A highly placed charter school official defending the actions of Meridian Public Charter School, where three of Banita Jacks’ kids were enrolled. “They showed concern and followed up as they should have,” Josephine Baker told the D.C. Council. The school relied “on the word of the children’s godmother that they would be homeschooled,” in the words of the piece.
Baker slammed the Child and Family Services agency for dropping the ball routinely on these types of cases, explaining that the agency’s deficiencies account for why rich schools employ their own social workers.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso was busy abhorring the truancy problem in D.C. public schools. That’s a new one.