Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps

While Phil Mendelson, chair of the DC council, dithers and delays about that elected body returning in person after almost 2 years of virtual meetings and hearings, others in DC are demanding safety for in person learning after 20 weeks of the same this school year: --A group of DCPS high school students, Students for … Continue reading Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps

Meanwhile, As Covid Rages, DC Revises Its School Ratings

[The following letter was emailed from me to all members of the DC state board of education on December 28, 2021. It contains comments on the board's efforts to revise the STAR rating and DC's school accountability measures. The board is slated to vote on changes in January.] Dear DC state board of education (SBOE), … Continue reading Meanwhile, As Covid Rages, DC Revises Its School Ratings

Denying Covid, Denying Reality–And Fighting Back

Last week, DCPS held 3 days of in person instruction before winter break began on December 23. In that time, covid cases increased alarmingly both in DC as well as across schools--and the mayor reinstated a mask mandate. Yet, instead of responding to the data; or to a petition signed by thousands to have virtual … Continue reading Denying Covid, Denying Reality–And Fighting Back

“We Got A Lot Of Pressure To Approve This Charter School Project”

The title of this blog post was what a staff member of the DC department of energy and environment (DOEE) wrote to a fellow staff member in an email about a storm water management system at Eagle Academy’s property at 2345 R St. SE. That email was part of a FOIA production I received around … Continue reading “We Got A Lot Of Pressure To Approve This Charter School Project”

Public Ed. Engagement, Week of November 15

This coming week is full of opportunities (some of which are listed below, in chronological order) for DC residents to weigh in on a variety of important issues in our schools: November 15, 6 pm: The DC state board of education (SBOE) holds the first of two public engagement sessions on social studies standards, school … Continue reading Public Ed. Engagement, Week of November 15

A DCPS Teacher Who Helped Create RCTs Speaks Out

[Ed. Note: What follows is an edited interview between DCPS parent Betsy Wolf and a DCPS teacher who helped create RCTs (required curricular tasks) for DCPS. As a condition of this interview, the teacher’s identity remains confidential. DCPS is currently using RCTs as a means of student assessment this school year. But RCTs were created last school … Continue reading A DCPS Teacher Who Helped Create RCTs Speaks Out

C4DC Concerns And Questions On The DCPS FY23 Operating Budget

[Ed. Note: The following outline of questions and concerns regarding DCPS's upcoming budget was created by citywide members of C4DC, the Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities, which is dedicated to strengthening DCPS (and includes in its membership this blog). As you tune into the DCPS budget hearing that begins tonight at 6 pm, … Continue reading C4DC Concerns And Questions On The DCPS FY23 Operating Budget