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CSX Virginia Ave Tunnel & Federal Grant Dollars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda O'Brien   
Friday, 19 February 2010

For those who have been following the developments on the CSX National Gateway project, you may have heard or read that CSX received $98 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant funds. The grant award does not include funds for the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project within the District. We wanted to know the impact of the funding decision on CSX's plans and asked CSX representative Steve Flippin. His response is shared below:

Thanks for your continued interest.  The National Gateway coalition was very pleased with the funding and feels this validates the benefits of the National Gateway corridor.  I’ve attached press releases that went out yesterday from the Coalition, CSX, and pasted below Ohio’s Press Release (Ohio was the lead applicant).

This is just the first step and funds over a third of the National Gateway clearances.  We will continue to work to find funding for the remaining projects in MD and DC so that the full benefits of the National Gateway can be realized.  The $98M in TIGER grant funding was the third largest award and will allow us to complete 38 projects on this corridor from NW Ohio to Chambersburg, PA in OH, WV and PA.  This multi-state coalition has already completed projects in NC and have some underway in VA.  Of the 61 projects needed on this corridor, 16 remain unfunded after this announcement, including the Virginia Avenue Tunnel.

As we shared, we are meeting with communities early so they are knowledgeable of our plans, and so that we can learn of concerns and work to minimize them should funds become available.  The Virginia Avenue tunnel piece is a 2-3 year project that we would like to have finished in time for the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015.  Our original intent was to pursue funding through the transportation authorization bill, and this will continue as will seeking other funding opportunities.  We are thankful for the support we are receiving from local officials, organizations and groups as well as the ideas and participation of citizens at National Gateway community meetings.

While I know your constituents in the District are more concerned about how this affects them directly, and we will continue to work and address that, it’s important to note the national benefits as well.  There are over $10B in public benefits associated with the project as a whole, or $22 in public benefits for every $1 of pubic funding invested.  It creates more than 50,000 jobs, including more than 25,000 jobs in 14 economically distressed areas; improves safety and reduces highway maintenance costs by converting over 14 billion highway miles to rail; reduces CO2 emissions by almost 20 million tons; saves over $3.5 billion in shipping costs; and reduces fuel consumption by nearly 2 billion gallons. 

I look forward to continue meeting and discussing this and other projects with you.  In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions and please feel free to visit www.nationalgateway.org for latest releases and updates.



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DCPS to Host Online Chat on Out of Boundary Lottery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charles Allen   
Friday, 19 February 2010

Join DCPS for a Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:30am for a live online chat where Abigail Smith, Chief of Transformation Management, and her team will be taking your questions live about the Out-of-Boundary lottery process.
Login at http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/livechats


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International Graduate Unversity & Proposed Charter School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charles Allen   
Friday, 19 February 2010

As most in the neighborhood surrounding the International Graduate University are aware, there is a pending application for a charter high school to be located at the site. When Councilmember Wells first heard about the proposal last month, he issued the following statement:

“I am extremely skeptical of this proposal from the International Graduate University. They have no track record of working with neighbors, the community or the city.”

He’s added:

“Nothing I’ve seen so far has changed my skepticism.”

IGU hosted a meeting earlier this week for residents with the assumption that questions would be answered. The listservs have covered summaries of that meeting, so we don’t need to re-hash the meeting, but one key tenant of application and Charter School Board’s consideration is that the University High Public Charter School is separate, and will remain separate, from the International Graduate University. Why is that important?

In December 2006, the IGU applied to the District’s Educational Licensure Commission (ELC) to be a licensed post-secondary degree granting educational institution in the District. In April 2008, the ELC held a hearing and found that there was not sufficient basis to approve the application. In July 2009, the ELC filed an official denial notice because “IGU had failed to demonstrate a basis for licensure”. The decision to deny IGU’s licensure became official on December 18, 2009.

This is important to demonstrate that IGU was determined by the educational licensure body of the District that it does not qualify and cannot demonstrate the ability to provide recognized quality educational services.

But does the application for University High Public Charter School’s demonstrate that the charter school represents a separate and distinct attempt from IGU to provide high quality education -- as it claims, to simply occupy and rent space from IGU? It doesn’t look so.

In reviewing the charter application documents, they suggest ties to IGU, its governance and management. Among the Board of Directors listed in the charter application, many have a direct connection to operations of IGU, including a former student, a current administrator of programs offered at IGU, as well as 5 that also serve on the IGU Board of Advisors. In addition, Dr. Walter Boek, President of IGU, signed the articles of incorporation and served on the initial Board of Directors for the proposed charter school.

All of this points to an effort that suggests a connection and relationship between the proposed charter school, and IGU, with its associated failures and denials of accreditation and licensure.

Are you interested in testifying at the public hearing on the proposal? Below are details on how to sign up.

Public Hearing Process

The Public Charter School Board will hold a hearing on the application for University High Public Charter School, to be located in the building occupied by the International Graduate University,1325 D Street, SE, on March 15 & 16 (we don’t know yet which of the two days nor what specific time of day). The Board began by reviewing 21 charter applications, and determined the University High Public Charter School to be one of 13 finalists for their further review and consideration.

The public hearings on March 15 & 16 will be held in the Public Charter School Board’s offices at 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210 have been moved and will now be held at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, 1100 Harvard Street, NW.  Anyone interested in speaking at the hearing must register by contacting the Board at 202-328-2660. The Board requires all individuals to register in advance. Also, according to the Board, the hearings will be designed to elicit information about:

• The expected benefit of the proposed charter school to students, parents, and the community;
• The impact the proposed charter school is likely to have on other public schools in the District of Columbia; and
• The impact of the proposed charter school on the quality of educational practice.


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National Park Service Responds to Sidewalk Clearing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda O'Brien   
Thursday, 18 February 2010

Yesterday, I spent some quality time with National Park Service representatives trying to solve the myriad of unshoveled sidewalks and crossings that are managed by the NPS across Ward 6. Their crews were out on the streets and in the parks yesterday, and will continue over the next several days. Mr. Carr, Chief of Maintenance, sent the following note that I thought would be helpful to share with residents: 

I would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by the snow and ice on the walks in the Capitol Hill area, I have a crew working on the walks at Seward Sq. and the Pennsylvania Ave. median strip today.  It looks like they will be unable to complete the snow removal on the median strip today, and our plan is to do the entire median strip while we're in the area.  We will resume the snow removal on the median strip tomorrow morning and continue until completion.

After completing the median strip, our intentions are to move on to 1100 and Penn. Ave., followed by snow removal on the Lincoln Park sidewalk. Right now, we're focusing on opening the walks and making them passable, they will not be open 100% in width.  This will allow us a opportunity to get around to other sites for snow removal.

The process of removing this snow from the walks is a slow and demanding process, with the crews working long hours in a attempt to get the job done.  I assure you we will continue working hard and diligently in seeing that the walks are clear and safe for public use.

If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time.


Douglas Carr
Acting Chief of Maintenance
National Capital Parks East

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Last Updated ( Friday, 19 February 2010 )
Brent Elementary to Host School Modernization Roundtable PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bonnie Cain   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010

On Wednesday, February 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the District's Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization will host the second in a series of public meetings related to school modernization efforts at Brent Elementary School.

The meeting, titled "D.C. School Modernization: Lessons Learned & the Road Forward" will explore how DC's school modernization funds are being spent in Ward 6 schools, what lessons have been learned over the last year, and discuss changes in the modernization schedule.

Brent Elementary School is located at 301 North Carolina Ave., SE, two blocks from the Capitol South Metro Station.

The first meeting will be held 10 a.m. to 12 noon this Saturday, February 20th, at School Without Walls High School, 2130 G Street NW, two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro.


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