D.C. Council chair resigns after fraud charge

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was charged Wednesday with bank fraud and quickly resigned, making him the second District politician this year taken down by federal prosecutors who have been probing corruption throughout city government.

Brown, whose 2008 re-election campaign has been under investigation for nearly a year, is facing a single felony count of bank fraud. The charge is not linked to any of his political campaigns.

Mayor Vincent Gray launches economic development study
DC Mayor Vincent Gray launched a plan Wednesday to enlist the help of local universities to craft a new economic development strategy for the District aimed at targeting industries and programs that will help drive growth and create jobs in the city.

D.C. region school systems take different approaches to teacher tenure, evaluations

Monday’s story about Violet Nichols offered a glimpse into what it takes for a Virginia school system to fire a tenured teacher — and what it takes for that teacher to fight for her job. There are a lot of competing ideas about how teachers should be judged and whether tenure is good for public schools.

Virginia lawmakers eyeing year-round school

Virginia is surveying parents about year-round school as lawmakers try to take the temperature for potential legislation next year.

Longer school years are an idea school officials in Maryland and the District also have been advocating for, as research shows that extending the calendar improves student achievement — but funding and teacher contracts can complicate the picture, and parents sometimes prefer to keep summers for vacations and camps.

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