D.C. Leverages Baseball Enthusiasm For School Funding

After decades of decrepit school conditions, activists respond to new, multi-million dollar baseball stadium funding to ask: if baseball gets millions, why can't schools? The measure could lead to $1 billion over 10 years.
February 7, 2006, 10am PST | David Gest
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"The D.C. Council is expected to approve the biggest school funding increase in city history after months of pressure from more than 1,000 parents, educators and activists galvanized by the decision to pay millions for a new ballpark."

"Long rebuffed in their pleas for more money for decrepit public schools, frustrated parents said they were outraged when the mayor and council agreed in 2004 to spend more than $500 million on a baseball stadium, a price tag that since has risen."

"The campaign appears to have worked. On Tuesday, the council is expected to give preliminary approval to a bill that would devote an additional $100 million a year -- $1 billion over the next decade -- to school modernization, enough to complete a systemwide overhaul."

The bill's author is mayoral candidate Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4).

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Published on Sunday, February 5, 2006 in The Washington Post
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