In Conversation: Jon Hale Talks School Choice (& Its Baleful Effects) With Peter MacPherson

Last week, Jon Hale, professor of education at the University of Illinois, spoke with Illinois-based public schools advocate (and former DCPS parent) Peter MacPherson. Their hour-long conversation, linked below and recorded for this blog, covers topics in Hale’s recently released book, The Choice We Face: How Segregation, Race, and Power Have Shaped America’s Most Controversial … Continue reading In Conversation: Jon Hale Talks School Choice (& Its Baleful Effects) With Peter MacPherson

No Response: Damaging The Public Interest At 2345 R Street SE

[The following is an email sent to DC’s mayor, council chair, deputy mayor for education, and charter board chair regarding the continuing lack of protection of the public interest in the development of the charter school property at 2345 R Street SE, in Ward 8. It got no response from anyone addressed. The property in … Continue reading No Response: Damaging The Public Interest At 2345 R Street SE

That Time When A Neutered Council And An Angered Executive Got Together Over A Bombastic Letter . . .

DCPS may have horrific numbers of covid cases, burned-out staff, nonworking HVAC in a third of its schools, outstanding work orders in yet more, poor contact tracing, a lack of textbooks, nontesting of symptomatic students, not even 10% testing of asymptomatic students, poor quarantine learning, parents and students penalized (with unexcused absences for quarantining and … Continue reading That Time When A Neutered Council And An Angered Executive Got Together Over A Bombastic Letter . . .

Sweetheart of Sweethearts: The Wilkinson Deal

At 6 pm on March 30, 2021, DGS (DC's department of general services, which operates all DC's publicly owned buildings) and the deputy mayor for education (DME) held a combined surplus/disposition meeting for the closed DCPS school, Wilkinson, at 2330 Pomeroy Road SE. What followed was the only public outreach--exactly 1 hour--by public agencies in … Continue reading Sweetheart of Sweethearts: The Wilkinson Deal