When Public Officials Go Private: Urban Institute & Research Collaborative Edition

Since summer 2017, the Urban Institute has secretly worked with DC education leaders on a plan to be an independent education research entity working on behalf of the mayor and generating research about DC’s publicly funded schools. The public was first informed about this during a July 13, 2018, council hearing. According to testimony during … Continue reading When Public Officials Go Private: Urban Institute & Research Collaborative Edition

When Public Officials Go Private: Kenilworth Edition

On Friday November 17, 2017, DCPS and charter board staff met to discuss transferring a closed DCPS school, Kenilworth Elementary, to an all-boys charter school, North Star (now called Statesmen). Not only was the school legally unavailable for such an offer, but the public learned about the proposed arrangement only on February 1, 2018, at … Continue reading When Public Officials Go Private: Kenilworth Edition

How To Have Effective Teachers In Every School (Or, What DC Doesn’t Do–But Should)

[Ed. Note: Enjoy the expertise of DCPS parent Betsy Wolf in this guest blog on issues surrounding the distribution, recruitment, and retention of effective teachers in DCPS. Wolf is an assistant professor in the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins, where she conducts independent evaluations of K-12 reforms and policies. All academic … Continue reading How To Have Effective Teachers In Every School (Or, What DC Doesn’t Do–But Should)

It’s July–Time To Give Your Thoughts On DC Education!

Yes, it’s summer, the city council is soon on recess until September, and you may be hundreds of miles away from DC physically (or spiritually)--but rest assured, someone in DC wants your thoughts this month on issues affecting our public schools! Proposed credit recovery policy: Our office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE) has … Continue reading It’s July–Time To Give Your Thoughts On DC Education!

DC Graduation Rates & Propaganda

During the June 13 graduation accountability hearing before the education committee of the DC city council, council members laid into DCPS interim chancellor Amanda Alexander repeatedly about what DCPS had done, was doing, and would in the future do regarding graduation accountability. Alexander hewed close to information DCPS compiled, represented in part by this document. … Continue reading DC Graduation Rates & Propaganda