The March 2021 Auditor’s Report: Or, How DC Fails To Provide All Students Their Educations

[Ed. Note: Over just a few years, DC's auditor has produced many pages detailing shockingly poor practices in DC's public schools, whether mis-use of at risk funds, inequitable modernizations, high school admissions bias, and segregation and funding inequities arising from school choice. The auditor's latest report on DC's publicly funded schools, released on March 10, … Continue reading The March 2021 Auditor’s Report: Or, How DC Fails To Provide All Students Their Educations

March Madness (DC School Governance Edition)

--This afternoon, starting at 4 pm, the DC council is holding a hearing on the massive report by the DC auditor concerning how our office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE) has been handling education data. In a word: badly. In more words: incompletely, inaccurately, poorly compared to other states, and possibly without regard … Continue reading March Madness (DC School Governance Edition)

Looking Back on DC Education Reform 10 Years Later, Part 2: Test Cheats

[Ed. Note: In part 1 of this series, semi-retired educator Richard P. Phelps provided a first-hand account of what went down in DCPS as ed reformers in the early days of mayoral control pushed standardized tests; teacher evaluations based on those tests; and harsh school penalties. This second part looks at the cheating scandals that … Continue reading Looking Back on DC Education Reform 10 Years Later, Part 2: Test Cheats

Looking Back on DC Education Reform 10 Years Later, Part 1: The Grand Tour

[Ed. Note: As DC's office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE) seeks a waiver of PARCC testing again (recall that OSSE waived PARCC last school year due to the pandemic) and the DC auditor just released a bombshell report of poor stewardship of DC's education data, it is time to revisit how standardized test … Continue reading Looking Back on DC Education Reform 10 Years Later, Part 1: The Grand Tour

The Education Mysteries, Tale #4: The Peabody Flood Of 2020

On the evening of September 28 (and/or possibly the early morning hours of September 29, 2020), the ceiling above the third floor atrium at DCPS’s Peabody early childhood campus collapsed. As it fell, the ceiling somehow interacted with a water line, causing water to flood the entire building from the third floor down to its … Continue reading The Education Mysteries, Tale #4: The Peabody Flood Of 2020

About That February 26 Hearing On “Learning Loss” . . .

In the wake of a deeply weird hearing on "learning loss" (held on February 10 with invited witnesses), the DC Council will hold another hearing on the same topic—on February 26—again with invited witnesses. In a post on twitter the week after the February 10 hearing, council chair Phil Mendelson noted that he “is incensed … Continue reading About That February 26 Hearing On “Learning Loss” . . .

Disconnecting From The Public On The Road To Re-Opening

Tomorrow, January 21 starting at 1 pm, the DC Council will hold a hearing on DCPS’s imminent re-opening. There are at least 50 public witnesses signed up to deliver their testimony during the hearing. But as with the December 2 hearing on DCPS re-opening, not all public witnesses who signed up to deliver testimony during … Continue reading Disconnecting From The Public On The Road To Re-Opening