Amicus on Charter Lawsuit
Fourteen public-education reform advocates and two long-standing public-education reform organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the Washington, D.C. Attorney General's motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, Washington Latin PCS, and Eagle Academy PCS. The advocates came together out of concern that, if successful, the charter-school lawsuit would even further erode civic influence and local control of public education for District residents. See 21CSF's Datashop for more details.
Take a Photo Tour of the New Ballou High School
The new Ballou High School replaces a barebones 1960's era building with glittering glass classrooms arranged around a grand courtyard with expansive views. Students move to the new building in January 2015 while construction continues on new athletic fields installed on the site of the old building. Architects: Bowie Gridley / Perkins +Will, joint venture; Contractors: Charamonte /Hess, joint venture. Click here for a ribbon-cutting photo tour .
New Dunbar High School Facilities
Completed in August of 2013, the new Dunbar High School is a light-filled 260,000 sq. ft. building with an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of underground parking. The total cost, which includes demolition of the old 325,000 sq. ft.1970's open-plan building and reconstruction of the football field, was $128,190,650; approximately $493 per gross sq. ft. (without parking). The construction company for this project was Smoot /Gilbane and the architect was Perkins Eastman. The historic Paul L. Dunbar High School was built in1916 but was demolished and replaced in1977. Click here see photos of the new school and a D.C. Department of General Services video of a sequence of webcam photos showing the daily progress of construction.