Dc Schools

—- NPR's Kathleen Schalch reports that Washington, D-C schools will open at least three weeks late this year. Some school buildings still have leaky roofs and a court order won't allow the schools to open while repairs are in progress. Aside from the crumbling buildings, the student's test scores have been far below the national average...despite D-C spending as much money as any other urban school district in the country. School officials allegedly had been using money marked for repairs and textbooks to hire as many as 700 unqualified friends and relatives. Many of those people have been fired, and changes are being made, but some critics say the bureaucracy of the school system can't be fixed and should be scrapped.

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