D.C. Seeks A Promise

Next Tuesday there could a new city joining the Promise nation. That’s when the D.C. City Council votes whether or not to fund D.C. Promise, which was introduced by City Councilman David Catania and approved by the council’s committee on education in December.

The price tag has been set at a hefty $60 million a year, but Catania — a political independent who’s considering a run for mayor — doesn’t see that as an insurmountable barrier. The city’s annual budget exceeds $10 billion and in October Catania told Jonetta Rose Barras of the Washington Post, “We’ve done enough small thinking in our city. If we can’t find 1 percent [in the budget] for our future, shame on us.”

Caralee Adams of Education Week recently offered details of Catania’s plan. Like New Haven Promise, for students to receive benefit, they would be required to be in the public school system — either regular or charter — from at least ninth to 12th grades.

Students could use the scholarship to attend four-year private institutions, public universities, two-year colleges and accredited certificate programs.

New Haven Promise — which was cited for its positive-trending figures in the Education Week story — loves to see new Promise programs join the fold.

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