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How D.C.'s School Boundaries Shape Housing and Travel Patterns

This conversation built on an ongoing GGWash series by Abigail Higgins and ventured behind the headlines for a virtual conversation with local experts on what school boundaries and feeder patterns are, and how they shape our lives. This webinar is part of Intersections, GGWash's recurring educational webinar series.
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Under New Bill, D.C.’s Traffic Cameras Would Dole Out Points As Well As Fines

"The bill, authored by Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At Large), would ramp up the consequences for a number of traffic violations by allowing the city to use its cameras to do what police officers can already do when they pull someone over, which is assess points on their driver’s license."
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What the D.C. Council is focusing on this fall

“Meanwhile, at-large council member Christina Henderson introduced a bill to streamline the D.C. Public Schools hiring process.”
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Press Release: Councilmember Christina Henderson Introduces Legislation to Streamline DCPS Staff and Volunteer Background Checks

Councilmember Christina Henderson Introduces Legislation to Streamline DCPS Staff and Volunteer Background Checks
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Free Metro, Voting, And Plenty On Public Safety: Here's What The Council is Tackling This Fall

“Relatedly, on Nov. 17…[the] human services committee will vote on [a bill] from Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At Large) to increase the monthly payment for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).”
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The ripple effects of how-and if-kids are able to commute safely to school

“However, about 25,000 participate in the My School DC lottery. In this system, families rank their top 12 choices before an algorithm assigns them to a school. It means students have access to specialized programs (such as language immersion or extracurricular activities) but also that students may have longer commutes. What that journey looks like and whether they can take full advantage of their school options has a lot to do with transportation equity. ‘We like to talk about choice, but the reality is that if you can’t get to those choices, then it’s not really a choice,’ said at-large Councilmember Christina Henderson.”
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How school boundaries and feeder patterns shape DC's housing and education inequalities

Under an act introduced by at-large Councilmember Christina Henderson in January, the Attendance Zone Boundaries Amendment Act of 2022, redistricting would occur every ten years (due next in 2024). “I am bracing myself for a very ugly conversation because it brings out the ugly in people when you talk about education, housing, diversity, and ownership,” said Henderson. “Which is strange because we’re in a progressive city, right? People say they like diversity but when you start having these conversations, there are limits to how much diversity works for you.”
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Christina Henderson Talks Abortion Rights and Early Childhood Education

In this Hearing the Council interview, we talk with At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson about the impact that the elimination of national abortion rights (via the overturning of Roe v. Wade) will have here in the District, today and in the future. We also discuss the recent viral tweet regarding future educational requirements for DC's early childhood education workers, including its legislative history, motivation, and the nitty-gritty of what is required, and of whom.
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Federal Court Upholds D.C.’s New Requirements That Child Care Workers Get College Degrees

A four-year legal battle over D.C.’s new requirements that many child care workers get a college degree has seemingly come to an end. Last week the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. dismissed a long-running lawsuit challenging the education requirements, which were first adopted in 2016 and start taking effect later this year after a series of delays. Under the new rules, directors of child care centers will need a bachelor’s degree in early education, teachers will need an associate’s degree in early education, and assistant teachers and caregivers in home-based daycares will need a Child Development Associate’s credential.
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Getting Ready For The D.C. School Year with Councilmember Christina Henderson

We’re just over a week away from the start of D.C.’s school year, and students and staff will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the classroom. Plus, courts upheld a D.C. requirement for early childhood educators to have certain higher education degrees. D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At Large) joins us to talk about the latest education news and the District’s handling of monkeypox.
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D.C. to publish monkeypox data online after critique from council members

Last week, Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large) said she had asked D.C. Health for a breakdown of monkeypox cases by race, gender and ward, and had pushed for the information to be published and regularly updated online.
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Opinion How D.C. is protecting women’s access to health care

This legislation works in tandem with the Enhancing Reproductive Health Protections Amendment Act of 2022, recently introduced by Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large), which protects access to self-managed abortion in D.C. It also builds on three bills introduced by Council member Robert C. White Jr. (D-At Large) that require insurance coverage for abortion without cost-sharing and that protect practitioners’ licenses and insurance from attack.
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