Morning Digest: Jack is back and changes in grading systems

rain_s_cloudy   Today will have a chance of rain, with a high of 76.

To masticate today:

  • Jack the Ripper strikes again: Yesterday morning three males and one female were stabbed near the Georgetown University law school located in Northwest D.C. The law school is adjacent to the Community for Creative Non-violence homeless shelter. Authorities are unsure if the victims were from the shelter. The injuries sustained are said to be non-fatal.

What to look out for:

  • A streetcar named streetcar: Mayor Gray’s Sustainable D.C. program looks to make D.C. “the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States.” Plans include the installation of 37 miles of track for streetcars as well as a new traffic signal allowing pedestrians to literally stop moving traffic.
  • Angry, Self-Righteous Parents: Montgomery County has implemented a new grading system this year as a response to national calls for more rigorous education standards. The county now uses ES, P, I, and NS. ES stands for exceptional, and parents are upset at the fewer number of ES-es on their children’s report cards in comparison with the old familiar As. On a perfect exam, a student can still receive just P (proficient). The system is intended to change standards of academic success from fact accruement to synthesis of learned facts.

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