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Happy Monday morning, D.C., even if, in the words of StormTeam4 meteorologist Chuck Bell, it’s “not going to be a pretty looking day to be outside.” Prepare for a damp but warm week ahead by donning your best rain jacket and catching up on the weekend’s news.

Test Scores Drop

This morning, D.C. shared results from the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized test nicknamed “the nation’s report card,” and they paint a stark picture of pandemic-related academic setbacks. D.C. reported a 12-point decline in fourth grade math scores and a 10-point drop in eighth grade math scores, as well as an eight-point drop in fourth grade reading scores. (Eighth grade reading scores were the same as they were in 2019, the last time the test was administered.) 

Although national results show drops in both reading and math scores, D.C. reported the third-worst drop in eighth grade math scores among all school districts. State Superintendent for Education Christina Grant says the District is spending roughly $1 billion of federal stimulus money on academic engagement, including high-impact tutoring. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona says the current results are unacceptable.

Open Period Ends on 18th Street NW

Say farewell to the Adams Morgan Pedestrian Zone. Yesterday’s street closure, which also included exercise classes, music performances, and a Howl-o-Ween pet costume contest, was the last for the year. The three closures, in August, September, and October, served as a pilot for future closures—plans for the installation of mechanical bollards have been canceled, but the Adams Morgan BID acquired a metal cable system that will allow organizers to more easily close the street to vehicular traffic. Anyone can provide feedback about the program through its visitor survey.

(Our feedback: If you need judges for future pet costume contests, call us. We know some people.)

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a use of force by officers caught on video last week. In the video, one officer pushes a young man over a metal gate and then takes him to the ground. A second man pushes into the group of officers arresting the first man. Officers then begin to punch and kick the second man. [DCist]
  • Maryland gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox’s Vimeo account featured a video of Cox accepting a gift from a member of the violent, right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys. The video was removed after the Washington Post asked about it. [Post, NBC Washington]
  • The Wharf is getting its own public transit. Electric shuttles will start running this spring for a flat fare of $2. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. police believe the man who was shot and killed near Nationals Park Sunday was targeted. Police say a dark SUV was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene of the crime near N Street SE. [WTOP]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Migrants bused to D.C. (and the activists assisting them) say the aid system the city’s set up feels designed to force them to leave, rather than help them stay here securely. Even still, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau worries that expanding D.C.’s traditional homelessness programs to migrants will overwhelm the system. [DCist]
  • As the Council considers a bill to add new protections for third-party, app-based delivery drivers, what do workers actually need? [730DC]
  • Capitol Hill Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Amber Gove (6A04) looks to have handily beaten back a recall effort launched over her support for local bike lanes. She’s still up for re-election on Nov. 8. [Twitter]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Rosie Grant, of Takoma Park, has been making recipes that she finds etched on gravestones throughout the country. Her videos are going viral on TikTok. [Post]
  • Hoping to coax repeat customers, more restaurants are offering loyalty programs. [Eater]
  • How would Danny and Johnny Dubbaneh, the owners of Z&Z manoushe bakery, spend dream days in the D.C. area? With trips to Zeke’s Coffee, Yufka Bakery, Koite Grill, Daru, Albi, Green Zone, and maybe Dan’s Cafe, “if I’m feeling young.” [Post]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Julie Kent, the artistic director of the Washington Ballet, will depart for Houston at the end of the 2022-2023 season. An international search for her successor is already underway. [Post]
  • Have your very own Jurassic Park experience right here in D.C. [PoPville]
  • Cirque du Soleil’s 20th show, ECHO, debuts in Tysons next summer. [Washingtonian]
  • Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center once again hosts its annual scary walk through its campus—including its former prison buildings. [WTOP]

By Sarah Marloff (tips? smarloff@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Fans at the Commanders’ game yesterday were told by security to take down their signs that said “SELL THE TEAM,” a pointed message to the team’s embattled owner Dan Snyder. And during a tribute to “Washington legends,” Tanya Snyder, who is supposed to be running the day-to-day while her husband is under investigation, used the team’s old, racist name. [Post, AP, Twitter]
  • But the Commanders beat Green Bay 23-21 behind Taylor Heinicke, who started in place of the injured Carson Wentz. [Hogs Haven]
  • The Wizards recorded their first loss of the season, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime on Sunday. Despite the loss, they’re still 4th in the Eastern Conference a week into the new NBA season. [Bullets Forever]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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