December 4, 2023
Councilmember Matt Frumin Introduces Bill to Establish Universal Out-of-School Time

MEDIA CONTACT: Christian Damiana 202.258.9532 | Councilmember Matt Frumin Introduces Bill to Establish Universal Out-of-School Time Frumin's legislation guarantees high-quality, affordable, and accessible out-of-school time programming.  Washington, DC –– Councilmember Matt Frumin introduced today the Universal Out of School Time Amendment Act of 2023. The bill would require the District of Columbia to expand out-of-school time programs, such as after school and summer programming, by at least 10% annually, toward the goal of universal access by 2035 for every student in a DC Public or Public Charter School. Programming would be free or affordable to families, with an emphasis on equitable access and geographic convenience. Youth who are at-risk, low-income, criminal justice-involved, or eligible for special education services receive priority. The legislation was developed with the support of the Out-of-School-Time Coalition and co-introduced by Councilmembers Charles Allen, Anita Bonds, Janeese Lewis George, Kenyan McDuffie, Brianne Nadeau, Zachary Parker, Brooke Pinto, Robert White, and Trayon White. Universal out-of-school time is an immediate, impactful investment our city must make for our youth. Out-of-school time programming increases school…

October 10, 2023
Seize the Moment and Purchase the Intelsat/Whittle Building

Councilmember Frumin’s commentary in the DC line, which proposes purchasing the former Intelsat site, is an indisputably ambitious idea. The site, located a block from a Metro stop at 4000 Connecticut Avenue NW, presents a unique opportunity for the city to acquire a massive property with a variety of potential civic uses. Purposes could include an early childhood education center, senior wellness programs, urban agriculture, a central food processing facility, and space for UDC or another university. To achieve this goal, the proposal suggests the possibility of relocating the high school on MacArthur Boulevard to the Intelsat site, offering a more accessible location proximate to public transportation. The District is about to move into the second phase of the MacArthur High School renovation in the Palisades neighborhood. The MacArthur launch has been an extraordinary success so far, but that very success highlights the challenges of accommodating a proposed program to serve 800 students at its current site. The school is in a difficult-to-reach location, tightly nestled in a residential community on the far western edge…

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