The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Virginia's firebrand attorney general flirts with running for the U.S. Senate. The regional airport authority tries to make nice with the feds on extending rail to Dulles. And a hate crime case in D.C. complicates the relationship between the city's police and its gay community. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


Tom Sherwood

Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers

Kaya Henderson

Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

Frank Smith

Former Member, D.C. Council (D-Ward 1); and Chairman of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation

Politics Hour Extra

The Kojo Nnamdi Show ( "We have to be willing to be courageous and do what's right," said D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, "because we're wasting money, and it's money that we should be plowing into classrooms." Henderson said that currently, some neighborhoods in D.C. don't have good choices for where to send children to school, and some neighborhoods have an "overabundance" of good options. Henderson says that the facilities fund will help officials distribute resources more efficiently:

Frank Smith, former D.C. Councilmember (D-Ward 1); and Chairman of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, says that although he hasn't yet seen the new Martin Luther King memorial, he is delighted that statue is being unveiled this weekend. Smith, who was a civil rights activist who worked at times alongside Martin Luther King, says that King "risked his life every single day:"

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