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Looking for a Summer Job--Again?

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its Summer 2009 Job Fair on Nov. 26 at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you're looking for a summer job as a camp counselor, life guard, pool manager, or a host of other possibilities, Turkey Thicket is the place to be on Nov. 26.

Representatives from DPR divisions and offices will be on site, including the Office of Educational Services, Camping, Athletic Programs, Roving Leaders, Human Resources, Teen Programs and Facilities Management. Contact the DPR Human Resources at (202) 673-7603 if you need more information.

Okay, but the D.C. Wire must be honest here. Given last summer's fiasco with the summer jobs program, it's hard not to smirk while conveying the DPR's honest efforts.

Who can forget the program, which employed more than 19,000 students last summer. Some students got paid, some didn't, some who didn't even work got paid. Some vendors with contracts to employ students got quite generous sums to take on the young workers. Some got paid hefty sums even when they did take on all the students they'd promised. The entire effort put the Fenty administration more than $30 million over budget. It was, as the kids like to say, a hot mess.

But you've got to give it to the administration for its steadfastness. While it pledges to manage things much better the next time, the administration has no intention of pulling back from its goal of offering a job to every young person who wants to work.

D.C. Wire---and taxpayers---will see how it goes.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Let's hope that they do not decide to pay kids for attending summer school again. Summer school is not a job. Students should not be paid for failing classes during the school year and making them up during the summer.

What incentive does this provide for students to pass their classes during the school year? In fact, it may become an incentive for kids to fail so they can get easy money for the summer.

The idea to pay kids for attending summer school just seems like a way for the mayor to show off the large number of students who are involved in the summer jobs program.

The jobs should be MEANINGFUL, not a way for the mayor to score political points.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | November 18, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Well what that really means is that they will go over budget again trying to give everyone a job. This is just a stuck on stupid government and anything that can happen under this mayor will.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 18, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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