The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom chat with Abigail Smith, D.C.'s deputy mayor for education, about proposals to redraw school boundaries in the District. Later, Maryland Sen. Brian Frosh (D) joins the crew in the studio.

Proposals to redraw school boundaries set off political scuffles in the District. Maryland's General Assembly rumbles across the finish line as the 2014 session closes in Annapolis. And a non-Democrat scraps his way onto the Arlington County Board, breaking the party's strangle hold on Arlington politics. 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

Abigail Smith

Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia

Brian Frosh

Maryland State Senator (D- Dist. 16- Montgomery County)

Abigail Smith Answers Your Questions

After DC Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith's appearance on Kojo Nnamdi's Politics Hour, she answered additional questions that came in from listeners on Twitter and email.

Could you explain the grandfathering options? A lot of folks are concerned if changes go into effect in 2015 that means their kids are dragged out of school and taken somewhere else.

Some boundary lines seem to cut through neighborhoods. Was consideration given to neighborhoods when dividing up schools?

The loudest voices tend to be the critics, and you've had plenty, but what positives have you heard from people in the community about these proposals?

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Was there ever a thought about bringing charter schools more into the fold of this process?

Do you think this is the sort of project that should have started when a new mayor takes office?

Was there consideration for distance to schools when redrawing boundaries?

Are you happy with the level of funding you have for at-risk students this coming year?

Review DC's School Boundary Proposals

Scroll And Zoom In To View Proposal Maps For Each Ward

Scroll through a comparison of policy examples and current conditions from DC Public Schools.

DCPS School Boundaries Review

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