Jefferson Academy modernization - continuous delays

Councilmember Allen, I just wanted to make sure this was on your radar as I'm not sure if it's something you're aware of. The families from the Jefferson Academy feeder schools (Amidon-Bowen, Brent, Tyler and Van Ness) have created a petition to express frustrations about the continuous delays to the upgrades and modernization plan for Jefferson Academy Middle School in SW DC. As an Amidon-Bowen parent I find this appalling, especially given the low-income student body this school is serving. Our children deserve the best and I know you agree with this. I hope that, if you haven't already, you will speak with Mayor Bowser about this directly. Summary from the petition: "With cranes and new development seen all around the city, Washington, D.C. is clearly doing well financially. The school system is making important gains year after year. Yet, modernization plans for Jefferson Academy (initially scheduled for 2006, then 2012) have been delayed again and are now scheduled for completion in 2022. As members of the community and parents of students at Jefferson Academy, Tyler, Van Ness, Amidon Bowen or Brent Elementary--this is completely unacceptable."

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