Morning Digest: More boathouse news, D.C. charter schools approved

cloud.rain Today cloudy with a chance of showers, with a high of 88.

To masticate today:

  • Beat this, Tony Stark: Professor Eric Burger, a researcher in the computer science and founder of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications and the director of Georgetown’s Security and Software Engineering Research Center, has been awarded the Professional Achievement for Individuals Award by the American branch of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, for his “sustained and collaborative support of communications technology policy.” Burger will pick up the prize with the two other awardees on Aug. 13 in Portland, Ore.
  • Open house for the boathouse: The National Park Service will answer questions regarding a recent study regarding the feasibility of building a  non-motorized boathouse along the waterfront. The open house will be held on Wednesday, where NPS staff will do a brief presentation and be available to answer questions. The public comment form will be open until May 24.

What to look out for:

  • Charter schools: On Monday, the D.C. Public Charter School board approved two new charter schools in the District. One, Academy of Hope, is a school to help adults gain literacy, jobs skills, and earn a general equivalency diploma. The other school is a Montessori elementary school. Its proposal was drafted by teachers at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, which is meant to close in June. Both schools will open in 2014.
  • Methinks they doth protest a lot: Two protests have happened in the District in the past few days. The “Good Jobs Nation” food worker strike began early this morning when workers at the Ronald Reagan Building and the International Center left or did not turn up for work. Some of them claim to be paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. On Monday, 17 individuals were arrested outside the Justice Department after 100 people, members of the Home Defenders League and Occupy Our Homes, stormed the steps at about 2 p.m. Their aim was to protest the statement by Attorney General Eric Holder that “banks are too big to prosecute.”

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