State of the District Address draws protests by opponents of school closings

On the 5th of February, DC Mayor Gray gave his “State of the District Address” at the historic old synagogue at 6th and I streets. Outside were some unwanted guests: parents and children whose schools the Mayor is trying to close, and community activists supporting them.

Video of the protest outside the State of the District Address

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Wal-Mart

Clearly visible in the crowd were signs condemning Wal-Mart as well. The Wal-Mart signs may have been brought by activists from Ward 4 Thrives, who are fighting to prevent Wal-Mart from opening on Ga Ave. Not only do many residents want to keep Wal-Mart out of DC, but the Walton Foundation is pouring money into Mayor Gray’s efforts to convert the district to charter schools.

To those who think private schools or charters are better, here’s my response: I spent two years in a private school after being expelled from 3ed grade. They were the worst two years of my entire life.

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