D.C. Council Member David Catania to Try to Delay School Boundary Changes

Woodrow Wilson High School DC

A key D.C. Council member said he’ll seek to block the first change in city school boundaries in 40 years.

Council member David Catania, chairman of the council education committee and an independent candidate for mayor, said school officials and too many schools are unprepared for the boundary changes that are to take effect in September 2015.

“I have maintained all along that I cannot support a plan that moves students from higher performing schools to lower performing ones,” read a statement from Catania. “Yet the final recommendations do just that. In addition, the recommendations are silent as to how we intend to improve those lower performing schools. Asking parents and guardians to take this leap of faith without more is asking too much.”

Catania said he may seek legislation postponing the changes until 2016 or later if necessary.

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