Press Releases

McDuffie Responds to OSSE’s DC CAS Test Integrity Investigation Results

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2013 Washington, DC – Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released a report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012. The report investigates the integrity of the statewide District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System exam, which was administered on April 17-27, 2012, at 243 schools in both District of Columbia Public (DCPS) and Charter Schools. Councilmember McDuffie issued the following statement on OSSE’s report on Testing Integrity Findings for School Year 2011-2012: “I am deeply concerned with OSSE’s finding of widespread testing violations in the District’s public and charter school systems. Further, I am disturbed that three Ward 5 schools have been identified in OSSE’s audit, including Langdon Elementary School, where severe testing violations occurred. OSSE informs me that 40…
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McDuffie Introduces Measure to Support Local Craft Brewing Industry

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Councilmember McDuffie introduced several legislative measures to spark economic growth and improve the quality of life for D.C. employees Washington, DC – During this week’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced key legislation aimed at promoting economic development throughout the District and improving the quality of life for D.C. government employees. To capitalize on the economic growth that local handcrafted small-batch breweries and spirit distilleries bring to the District of Columbia, Councilmember McDuffie, along with Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, and Muriel Bowser, introduced the “Manufacturer Sunday Tasting Permit Amendment Act of 2013.” The measure will expand tastings to Sundays for these beverage manufacturers. Presently, a tasting permit allows breweries and distilleries to conduct product tastings Thursday through Saturday from 1p.m. – 9…
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McDuffie Secures Funding for Critical Ward 5 Projects and Fights to Improve the Quality of Life for District Residents

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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2013 Washington, DC – Yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) presented to the Council of the District of Columbia his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget. Over the last several months, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) outlined his Ward 5 and agency budget priorities with the Mayor and agency directors. The Mayor’s proposed $10.7 billion dollar budget addresses many of these requests, including funding for Ward 5 schools and libraries, increasing the city’s investment in affordable housing, promoting economic development, and enhancing job and educational opportunities. “Mayor Gray presented a solid budget, one that is aimed at improving the quality of life for residents, incentivizing economic development, and increasing educational opportunities for our students,” said Councilmember McDuffie.  “I am pleased to see many…
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McDuffie Fights for Ward 5 Projects in FY14 Budget

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Dear Residents, Tomorrow, the Mayor will deliver his Fiscal Year 2014 budget to the Council. Once the Council receives the budget, we will begin a month-long process of conducting budget oversight hearings for the District’s agencies.   The Government Operations Committee, of which I am chair, has oversight over 19 agencies, and will hold budget oversight hearings on April 11, 22, 25, and May 2.  For a full listing of hearings, see the Council’s calendar. I have heard from many of you about what you would like to see in this year’s budget for Ward 5. Over the last several months, I have outlined my budget priorities with the Mayor and various agency heads, related both to Ward 5 and the agencies under my committee.  I presented them with realistic…
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