A scandal at Georgetown Day School has it all: boldface Washington names, inquisitions over who-knew-what-when, and a testy community meeting where one aggrieved man gave a packed Zoom room the bras d’honneur — an ‘FU’ arm gesture (sans the actual finger).
Why it matters: This isn’t a private school feud about ‘wokeism’ — GDS has already fought that battle. More like another installment in a classic Washington controversy over traffic and parking.
What’s happening: Tenleytown community leaders are riled up after GDS disclosed a year late that it exceeded for two years its enrollment cap.
The school had agreed to the enrollment limit when its expanded campus opened in 2020 — a deal it struck with the city to assuage fears of a traffic nightmare.
What’s more, the school admitted that it didn’t immediately notify the District government and neighborhood about the enrollment violation as required. The school’s foes think it may have made millions more in tuition by over-enrolling about 50 students.
“It kept its noncompliance a secret,” Jon Bender, who chairs the advisory neighborhood commission in Tenleytown, said at a public Zoom meeting this month.