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Helping an Applicant Stretch His Ethnic Identity

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The red flag was a call from the parents of a student she was being hired to help get into a top college.

“The first thing this dad says is that the kid’s grandmother was born in Colombia, and he asks, ‘How can we use this to our son’s advantage?’”

In her admissions work, the counselor (who asked that her name not be used since she is talking about a client) said that she has discussed affirmative action and racial and ethnic identity issues with students and their parents. But it’s never been the first question asked. And both the family background (wealthy, able to afford private school for their son) and the son’s academic record (mediocre for one applying to top colleges) added to the counselor’s discomfort.

Then more facts: the student had never been to Colombia, never met his grandmother and — aside from his parents’ coaching to play up his connections with Latin America — didn’t have any thoughts about being Latino (on one side of his family). But he wanted to check the Latino box in his applications.

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Pepco is building a substation next to a school. Residents want to know: Why here?

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Nestled between a public school and affordable housing for seniors and families lies a bustling community garden. Schoolchildren learn how to grow food. Seniors pick up bundles of fresh veggies on the cheap. And some of the District’s most acclaimed chefs purchase herbs and edible flowers grown here.

But the K Street Farm is living on Pepco-owned land, and the utility is preparing to bring a $143 million electrical substation to the property in Washington’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Community activists are attempting to thwart the plans, saying an industrial facility does not belong so close to a school.

Pepco — the utility company that provides electricity to the District — is proposing to build the substation on the 100 block of K Street NW, a reflection of growing power needs there and in other gentrifying neighborhoods with booming populations, including Shaw and NoMa.

The project has been in the works for about three years, and a small group of parents, churchgoers and neighborhood residents organized protests last week, saying the proposed substation represents the latest example of the city catering to new, wealthier residents at the expense of longtime Washingtonians. The Walker-Jones Education Campus, which is separated from the Pepco property by a parking lot and street, serves children who mostly come from low-income families.

“I don’t think anyone could doubt that the city tends to put these things next to communities they feel have less ability to fight and be heard,” said Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower DC, a local advocacy group.

The two-acre-plus parcel was city property until 2015. But Mayor Muriel E. Bowser transferred it to Pepco as part of a huge land swap so that the city could acquire property needed for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, now D.C. United’s Audi Field.

Read more by Perry Stein @ The Washington Post HERE

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Chancellor Search Engagement Forums

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Our Schools DC Chancellor Search Engagement Forums:

Tuesday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton Street, NW) / RSVP

Tuesday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Savoy Elementary School (2400 Shannon Place, SE) / RSVP

Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Brookland Middle School (1150 Michigan Avenue, NE) / RSVP

In addition to these meetings, the committee is also seeking input on the chancellor search through an online survey, a Facebook Live town hall, and stakeholder meetings with students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.

For the latest information on the Our Schools Leadership Committee and the DCPS chancellor search, go to

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Queen Fowler, first African-American woman superintendent of schools in Missouri, passes at 84

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Queen Dunlop Fowler, a renowned educator who became the first black woman to serve as a superintendent of schools in Missouri, died on Friday, July 20 of Alzheimer’s disease at her home in University City. She was 84.

Services will be Friday, August 3 at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Liguori Church.

Fowler had distinguished herself as a teacher and education administrator when she accepted the daunting challenge of becoming superintendent for the Wellston School District. It was 1979 and the school system, like the once-thriving city, was in severe decline.

To effect change, she tapped a multitude of resources she had developed throughout the state and beyond: other school districts, businesses, financial institutions, consultants and many of the civic and social organizations with which she was affiliated.

In short order, her innovations and resources helped return the ailing system to academic viability. In the end, she successfully brought her unique touch to education for than 40 years.

“Dr. Fowler dedicated her entire life to the field of education,” Henry Givens Jr., then president of Harris-Stowe State University, told The St. Louis American.

Givens knew firsthand about her dedication. The two had been classmates as they pursued their PhDs. at Saint Louis University. In 1987, when Givens was called upon to rescue financially strapped Lincoln University in Jefferson City, he called on Fowler. She joined Lincoln’s board of curators and helped Givens put the historically black college back on sound financial footing.

Read more by Gloria S. Ross HERE 


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