I know that's DC's broken education system gets all the press. It's what every mayoral and Council candidate runs on. Fixing the schools. But this should be just as high a priority. Kids aren't going to learn if they're just scraping by.
Councilman Marion Berry (Ward-8) has criticized Mayor Fenty's attitude towards poverty and, shockingly, he has a point.
Barry, who is also chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs, chastised Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) for failing to quickly appoint members to the Commission on Poverty, which was established in 2006 and under law was to dissolve two years later.
Fenty, who became mayor last year, didn't nominate residents for the 21-member commission until two weeks ago, Barry said. None of the five residents or the government employee the mayor selected lives in Wards 7 or 8, which have the highest concentration of poverty in the city, Barry said.
Uh, what was Fenty waiting for? Hopefully these new statistics will show him that poverty isn't something he can just put off until later. This is a very real problem. One in three children are in serious trouble. That should be a high priority, don't you think?