Of all the incredible things said by parents, teachers, students, and policy experts during the more than 10 hours (!) of the December 15 council hearing on graduation accountability and Ballou, here are some selected highlights: --Many testified about the good actions of the Ballou principal and urged the council to talk to teachers and … Continue reading The Ballou Hearing: The Good, The Bad, & OSSE
Oh, you thought I was talking about the new five-star rating system brought to you by our state superintendent of education (OSSE) to rate all DC’s public schools? Ah, well, turns out someone else thought of it first: According to the NY Times, a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Oregon limited patients “in an effort … Continue reading What EVER Could Go Wrong With A Five-Star Rating?
The title of this blog entry was the only conclusion I could make after listening to several council hearings, the DCPS budget forum, and one of the DCPS chancellor forums (this past week at Eastern high school). As varied as the venues and witnesses were, the bottom line for all was that staffing in our … Continue reading It’s The Staffing
[Ed Note: The education committee of the city council is holding TWO related hearings this Friday, December 15 (one starts at 10 am and will reconvene at 4 pm that same day) on graduation rate accountability, arising from reporting that students at DCPS's Ballou high school graduated without earning appropriate credit. Below, DC education activist Peter MacPherson … Continue reading Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves
A few weeks ago, on November 16, the education committee of our city council held a hearing on amendments to the Healthy Schools Act; school food; and proposed legislation to provide free lunches for all DC students. Not surprisingly, such a wide-ranging hearing encompassed equally wide-ranging testimony, including apparent socioeconomic bias in the distribution of … Continue reading Unhealthy School Acts
Seems that in a burst of activity in the short week before Thanksgiving, instead of addressing the ongoing education crisis of some of our city's most vulnerable kids, Mayor Bowser asked the council to issue $230 million in DC revenue bonds for KIPP DC. The council is considering this as emergency legislation, voting on it as … Continue reading So, While Apparently Not Worrying About Ballou, Our Mayor Requested $230 Million In DC Bonds For KIPP DC
[The following is an email sent by DC schools activist Peter MacPherson, in the wake of the DCPS FY19 budget hearing. It got no response from its direct addressee, Chancellor Antwan Wilson, nor any of the city education leaders copied, which include the deputy mayor for education, the chair of the city council, and the … Continue reading No Response: DCPS Libraries