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D.C. Confronts Sweeping Cuts and Some Tax Hikes

The child care subsidy is top of mind for many lawmakers, including Council member Christina Henderson, who became emotional reacting to the cuts the council chamber. The fund enables early education providers to be paid on par with public school teachers. ""It feels as though we are proposing to balance this budget on the backs of Black and Brown women in the child care sector," Henderson said.
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Half a Billion in Cuts, Targeted Tax Hikes Shape Bowser’s D.C. Budget Plan

Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large) pinpointed Bowser’s decision to slash the Pay Equity Fund, adding that she disagreed that the budget proposal represents a “shared sacrifice”...It feels as though we are proposing to balance this budget on the backs of Black and Brown women in the child-care sector with the elimination of the early childhood pay equity fund,” Henderson said. She added later: “If you want people downtown, if you want people in their offices, there has to be a stable, affordable child-care system in order for it to all work."
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Bowser Defends Program Cuts in FY 2025 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, a teary-eyed D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At large) spoke on the council dais in support of the equity fund. She described the proposed cut as an affront to Black and brown female early childhood educators for whom adequate compensation had long been an issue. “Childcare is not just about education, it’s an economic issue. It’s a workforce issue,” Henderson said. “We’ve limped along for years with minimal government assistance and the bottom fell out in the pandemic. Women left the childcare market because the math didn’t work. In the District, we said we would do something different. We’re the envy of the country. It’s not perfect but the suggestion that we go back to Square One is disappointing.”
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D.C. Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Circulator, Hike Sales Tax,

D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson, I-At large, was overcome with emotion during her opening statement, castigating the proposal as balancing the budget "on the backs of Black and brown women and the child care sector." Bowser's budget slashes the District's Pay Equity Fund, which would cover pay raises for child care workers, the Washington City Paper reported.
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DC Braces for Funding Crisis as the Downtown Area Struggles Financially

Council member Christina Henderson, at-large independent and a former D.C. Public Schools employee, said some expenditures will be difficult to trim. She noted that the police department’s 2023 overspending resulted from overtime pay for an understaffed force and the State Superintendent for Education’s overspending came from increased special education needs as the city’s immigrant population grows. “The public school system is one agency that’s required to serve children, no matter how many show up after we budget for it,” Ms. Henderson said. “With the migrant crisis, we’re a very transient city.” On the other hand, she said, she has worked to “level expectations” among constituents for other funding requests and the council must adjust to reduced revenue “and be responsible about it.”
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The Debate Over Secure DC is Finally Over. Will Any of It Matter if Cops and Prosecutors Don’t Do Their Jobs?

“Are misdemeanors not important enough to them to prosecute?” wondered At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson.
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The Collins Council Report: Right to Hospital/Home Instruction, Restaurant Service Fees, and the Opioid Emergency

The D.C. Council unanimously approved the Extended Students’ Right to Home or Hospital Instruction Amendment Act on Tuesday during the second reading of the bill. Earlier this year, D.C. Councilmember Christina Henderson (I-At large) told The Informer that the original law around home/hospital instruction, as interpreted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, excluded students who were parents. She said that failure to move ahead with the legislative change could impede student parents’ efforts to continue their education before and after childbirth.
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D.C. Housing Authority director says agency’s troubles worse than imagined

“You’re laying a lot on this recovery plan,” council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large) observed during the hearing, in what appeared to be a friendly chiding, after Pettigrew mentioned it several times.
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DYRS Budget Oversight Hearing Sheds Light on Treatment, Staffing Gaps

[Councilmember Christina] Henderson, a Recreation, Libraries, and Youth Affairs committee member who also chairs the council’s Committee on Health, told The Informer that she’s had conversations with Department of Behavioral Health officials seeking similar resources for non-committed youth. Their RFP, as she recalled, called for providers located within a 50-mile radius of the District.
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D.C. Council Likely To Pass Bill To Help Teen Parents Stay In School

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would allow expecting and new parents in public schools to continue their education at home or in the hospital. “Whether or not a student who is pregnant gets to continue their education shouldn’t be based on the feelings or the empathy of a school leader,” she says. The bill is an amendment to the Students’ Right to Home or Hospital Instruction Act of 2020. That law, which went into effect in the 2022-2023 school year, required every local education agency (LEA) to create an at-home or at-hospital instruction program for students with health conditions that required them to miss school for ten or more days. Under the current law, a “health condition” is defined as a “physical or mental illness, injury, or impairment that prevents a student from participating in the day-to-day activities typically expected during school attendance.” Henderson’s bill would amend the definition of a “health condition” to explicitly include pre-birth complications, childbirth, and postpartum recovery.
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D.C. officials scramble to spend as emergency order on opioids lapses

Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large), chair of the council’s health committee and a member of the abatement commission, had pushed the council to keep the order in place for at least another month so the group would have more space to deliberate. “It’s unfortunate because I believe there’s more we could have gotten done on the opioid side that we didn’t have time for,” Henderson said. “Everybody was giving warning that it wasn’t enough time.”
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Out of Ink: Washington Post Reduced Daily Editorials in Another Turn Away from Local Coverage

“The Washington Post editorial board used to be a driver of the local conversation,” says At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson, noting that the board frequently ignores important local topics including major legislation about safer streets that was just passed by the D.C. Council, amendments to the tipped wage bill, and student truancy. “It’s a bit disheartening,” she adds.
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