Mayor Muriel Bowser (Photo via Facebook/Muriel Bowser)With light snow expected in the area this afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser cancelled her scheduled community walk in Hill East today and will instead hold community office hours this afternoon.

The office hours will be held at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at 709 12th St. SE at 4 p.m.

Earlier today, Bowser announced a new open data initiative for the District at a press conference in Navy Yard. The initiative aims to make D.C. government data more available to the public.

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Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill (Photo via Chavez Schools)The Capitol Hill campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy is one of the District’s “most challenging high schools,” according to a new analysis.

Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill at 709 12th St. SE is No. 13 on a list of 14 high schools The Washington Post deemed the most challenging in D.C. No other Capitol Hill-area high schools made the list. Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill had the highest graduation rate of any high school in Ward 6. The school saw 66 percent of its students graduate in 2014.

The newspaper ranks schools by a score that is found by dividing the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar by the number of graduates that year.

The school fell between Thurgood Marshall Academy and KIPP College Prep on the list. School Without Walls is the most challenging D.C. high school, according to the Post.

Compared to other schools across the D.C. metropolitan area and the nation, Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill wasn’t ranked as highly as in the District. In the D.C. area, Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill took the 169th spot, between Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md., and KIPP College Prep. The local list had 174 schools.

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Capitol Hill campus of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy (Photo via

New data from the city shows how many local high school students got their cap and gown last summer.

The Capitol Hill campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy had the highest graduation rate of any high school in Ward 6 where administrators reported stats to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The school at 709 12th Street SE saw 66 percent of its students graduate in 2014, according to a report by the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis.

Of the 31 schools that reported data on their graduation rates, 17 schools gave a greater percentage of their students diplomas than Cesar Chavez did. The school had 380 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

Options Public Charter School was the only other Ward 6 school to report its graduation rate. With 49 percent of its students graduating, the school at 1375 E St. NE came in at No. 24 on the citywide list. Eastern High School and Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts in Ward 6 didn’t submit information on their graduation rates.

The Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Northwest had the highest graduation rate District wide, with 100 percent of its students receiving diplomas. At 32 percent, the Hospitality High School in Northwest had the lowest percentage of graduates.

Overall high school graduation rates for charter schools across the District fell to 68.9 percent in 2014, from 75.6 percent the previous year, WAMU reported.

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