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We All Need to Work to Close the Gap

BY THE BEACON EDITORIAL STAFF The numbers are disturbing: every statistic shows a stark racial difference in academic achievement at Wilson, with whites and Asians outperforming their black and Hispanic counterparts. The racial achievement gap in education has been an issue across the United States for decades, and DCPS has the largest achievement gap between

Bowser Tweaks School Assignment Plan

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her office’s adjustments to the new student assignment plan for DC public schools on February 27. The tweaks, which Bowser released two months after taking office, directly affect the Crestwood and 16th Street Heights neighborhoods and Kelly Miller Middle School community. The changes take effect immediately. “Our

DCPS Makes Cuts to Wilson’s Budget for 2015-2016 School Year

BY BRIAN KEYES,  JUNIOR EDITOR Interim Principal Gregory Bargeman wrote in a Sunday email that he was “dismayed” when he received the new budget for the 2015-2016 school year at Wilson, and saw massive cuts, contradicting what DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson wrote in a Thursday letter, that the school system’s budget would in fact be

Tenleytown Lacks Excitement

BY SAM MASLING, JUNIOR EDITOR *This article appeared in the February edition of the print issue There’s no way to sugarcoat it or beat around the bush – Tenleytown has become boring. For Deal sixth graders, Tenley represented the newfound freedom they got from finally becoming a middle schooler. No more walking to your friend’s

When Tolerance Falls Short

BY MARIA BRESCIA-WEILER, FEATURES EDITOR When we got the call that my brother David was joining a fraternity, the shock and disappointment in the house were palpable. My parents – one, a “Self-Expression and Creative Writing as a Pedagogical Tool” major and the other, a passionate advocate of non-genetically modified food (or as he calls