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Tue May 14, 2019, 09:22 PM

D.C. Council rejects mayor's proposal to move Banneker High

The D.C. Council narrowly rejected Tuesday a proposal from Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to build a new campus for an elite high school on vacant property in the booming Shaw neighborhood.

Instead, the council by a 7-to-6 vote supported keeping Benjamin Banneker Academic High School on its Columbia Heights campus. That could pave the way for a middle school on the property in Shaw.

Shaw Junior High closed about a decade ago amid declining enrollment. In more recent years, the Northwest Washington neighborhood’s elementary schools have attracted families who are pushing for a stand-alone middle school.

D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), who voted to keep Banneker on its existing campus, said some had wrongly pitted the high school against Shaw families.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-council-rejects-mayors-proposal-to-move-banneker-high/2019/05/14/6065ac2e-7671-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html

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