The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with David Catania, chair of the D.C. Council's new education committee, and Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia.

Virginia's governor draws up a new play for legislation to fund roads. D.C.'s attorney calls an early foul on a plan to give the city budget autonomy. And Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley contemplates another push to get anti-death penalty legislation over the goal line in Annapolis. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Guests

Tom Sherwood

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

David Catania

Member, D.C. Council (I-At Large), Chairman, Committee on Education

Corey Stewart

Republican Candidate, Lieutenant Governor, Virginia ; Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors

Politics Hour Video

David Catania, D.C. Council member and chairman of the education committee, says truancy is one of the biggest problems affecting the city. Catania said about 30 to 40 percent of elementary and high school students miss two or more weeks of school, affecting graduation rates and test scores. He proposed a two-pronged solution: fire minimally effective teachers and prosecute parents based on a 20-year-old truancy law. Misdemeanor charges could include a $100 fine, five days in jail and community service. Catania also suggests a daytime curfew for students to curb truancy.

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