DC Teachers Credit Union

This entry includes a couple photos that should have illustrated the previous entry. Pierce School was vacant for many years. During the financial receivership period in the 1990s, some of the vacant buildings were sold off. This property, about one block from H Street NE, was renovated about ten years ago as apartments. It was an early investment in revitalization that contributed, although the contribution is unrecognized, to current H Street corridor revitalization efforts.

Edmonds School at 9th and D Streets NE was sold to the DC Teachers Credit Union in the 1980s I think. It was used for offices and such and was recently sold to a developer for conversion to housing.

1. This piece, "Graduates from low-performing DC schools face tough college road, " from the Washington Post discusses the difficulty that DC high school graduates have in college, taking on college work. I was shocked that this problem extends "to white kids from upper class homes graduating from the city's 'best' high school, " as according to the article, Seth Brown, a Wilson graduate, now at Dartmouth, was flummoxed by having two 5-page papers due around the same time, that he had limited experience with writing in high school.

From the article:

Collier had been a star at Ballou, where fewer than one-quarter of students are proficient in math and reading. But she said that her classes largely dealt with the basics: summarizing story plots, for example, and learning how to write complete and grammatically correct sentences.
Only in her senior year, in an advanced English course, did a teacher challenge her to think more deeply. “I feel like it was too late, ” said Collier, who took two of the three AP classes she said were available to her at Ballou. “It just wasn’t enough to have that kind of teacher for one year.”
In her first semester at Penn State, Collier took seminars in which professors asked her to synthesize ideas, develop arguments and do original research. It was new to her.
“We had to go into the library all the time and research articles and really, really write, ” Collier said. “It was difficult for me because I hadn’t done that in high school. I didn’t have to write a lot. I didn’t really research anything.” ...
Matthew Stuart, an AP English teacher at Dunbar, attributed students’ lack of college preparation in part to the city’s focus on annual standardized tests that demand little critical thinking or problem-solving. Many teachers give students simple strategies for tackling basic essay prompts, he said, but teachers don’t have a chance to venture into more difficult and stimulating intellectual terrain until after 10th grade, the final year of standardized testing.

This building on the Miner School campus (15th Street NE) is still for the most part vacant. Miner School was rebuilt more than ten years ago.

2. The other piece is "Can School Reform Hurt Communities?, " from the New York Times. From the article:

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