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Insufficient maintenance and lack of communication afflict school facilities

To much fanfare and celebration, former Principal Pete Cahall and the former District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson cut the ribbon on Wilson’s state-of-the art $115 million renovation in 2011. The building was widely heralded as proof that DC’s long challenged public school system was rebounding. Six years and thousands of students later,

Vital financial aid program faces reduction

Federal funds for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DC TAG) could be significantly reduced if a bill proposed last month by the Senate Appropriation Committee is passed. DC TAG helps make college affordable for thousands of DC students by providing up to ten thousands dollars per year in financial aid towards residents’ college education.

Wilson Unity movement sets out to address inequities

With only a fraction of Wilson parents able to attend back to school night and or parent-teacher conferences, a large portion of the school community is left in the dark as to what students are learning and how the school functions. In early September, a group of staff members led by history and human geography

DC students join demonstration in support of immigrant youth

Two months after President Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Wilson students walked out of school to urge Congress to pass legislation protecting immigrant youth from deportation. Many forewent classes for the morning on Thursday, opting instead to join a massive demonstration downtown in which hundreds flooded

Wilson graduation rates rise, reasons questioned

Wilson, and DCPS as a whole, has seen a steady increase in graduation rates over the past few years. In 2011, the overall DCPS graduation rate was 53 percent, whereas in 2016 it sat at 69 percent.   There has been nationwide pressure to increase graduation rates in recent years. “With graduation rate, the question

Wilson holds vigil for Jamahri Sydnor

As the third day of school came to a close, students gathered in the atrium and started to disperse. Many soon changed their mind and joined a collecting crowd of Wilson alumni, teachers, and administrators, dozens of uniformed Metropolitan Police Officers and family and friends of Wilson graduate Jamahri Sydnor. Jamahri was tragically killed by

Historically Black Fraternity target of Hate Crime at AU

The day after Taylor Dumpson was elected student government president at American University, the college awoke to what is currently being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime. Early in the morning on May 1, students discovered bananas hung by nooses around the campus, covered in phrases reading “harambe bait” and “AKA free.” AKA

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