D.C. summer jobs program ends, criticism begins
- Your tax dollars are put to efficient use by the Department of Chilling Out. (Photo: Dr. Bacchus/Flickr)
D.C.'s summer jobs program ends today, which means it's time for the media to highlight everything that went wrong, and perhaps a few things that didn't.
Mayor Vince Gray was able to fill the allotted spots and then some, clearing the waiting list. That's positive news! But then you have that whole sexual-misconduct thing. Twice.
In the first week, 54-year-old Thomas Nelson was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, "attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in a significant relationship." Nelson was the 17-year-old victim's supervisor at the Department of Employment Services. A 19-year-old, meanwhile, was inappropriately touched at Anacostia High School by an unidentified construction contractor.
Also, the District only hired 14,000 kids this year, down from 21,000 jobs last year, but its budget of $18.8 million translates to $250 more per person than last year. Why the higher cost? The DOES isn't sure.
Meanwhile, the kids are enjoying the remainder of their summer, playing ball in the park or swimming at the local pool, blissfully unaware of the mind-numbing work that awaits them in adulthood.
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