Quick: Did you hear about the DC public school that lost more than half its teachers after the start of school year 2015-16? No, I am not talking about DCPS's Ballou high school--which, as the Post recently reported, lost 28% of its teachers this just-completed school year. Rather, I am talking about a whole host … Continue reading Um, Teacher Retention Is Not Just A DCPS Problem
The DC Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Health are holding several public meetings this month on proposed new staffing of school health professionals starting next school year (SY 17-18). The meetings are as follows, starting tomorrow: --Thursday, June 8, 6 pm, Shaw Library, WTD Meeting Room, 1630 7th St. NW --Wednesday, June 14, … Continue reading Public Meetings On School Health Professionals
In the wake of the DCPS lottery scandal, and local as well as national politicians’ embrace of school choice, it seems fitting to examine school choice in DC. This year, as in years past, about 20,000 students participated in the annual lottery for DC's public schools. There are about 90,000 public school students in DC, … Continue reading When School Choice Isn’t About OUR Choice (Or, Why We Need An Audit Of The Lottery)
Tomorrow, Tuesday May 30, from 9 am to 11 am, in Room 500 of the Wilson Building (1350 PA Ave. NW), join fellow DC education advocates and budget gurus from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) to tell council members to make a budget that meets our education needs. Starting at 11 am tomorrow, the … Continue reading Hey Hey, Ho Ho: Let’s Save Our Schools Tomorrow (May 30)
So, let me get this straight: Our mayor and nine of our thirteen councilmembers recently traveled to Las Vegas, to attend a glitzy convention to woo developers to our city. Given that we have charter operators tossing around the better part of $10 million on speculative real estate in the last year alone, and an … Continue reading Our Education Budget: Walking AND Chewing Gum Edition!
Just before you head out in traffic, the cross sector task force meeting that was slated for tonight has been rescheduled for Tuesday May 30, 6 pm, at 2235 Shannon Place SE, Dept. of For Hire Vehicles. See here for more information.
[Below is a letter sent to Mayor Bowser, and copied to DCPS Chancellor Wilson, the deputy mayor for education, and council members on the education committee, from public education advocate Peter MacPherson, May 21, 2017] Dear Mayor Bowser: This weekend I took one of my bi-weekly sojourns to Georgetown so I could view the pace of … Continue reading No Comment