Satisfying the Satisfied: DC’s Brave New FY21 Budget

By proposing a 3% increase in the uniform per student funding formula (UPSFF) in her post-COVID FY21 budget, Mayor Bowser is pulling off what appears to be a heroic effort in a terrible economic crisis: ensuring some increase in school funding, albeit not at the level previously proposed (a 4% UPSFF increase). Ensuring reasonably stable … Continue reading Satisfying the Satisfied: DC’s Brave New FY21 Budget

Powerful Ideas For Our Public Schools Moving Forward

Amid our collective struggle at being adrift without a clear light at the end of this pandemic, thoughtful and excellent recommendations have emerged right here in DC for ways forward for our public schools in terms of re-opening and distance learning. These ideas are all the more important now that our mayor announced on Monday … Continue reading Powerful Ideas For Our Public Schools Moving Forward

The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School

[Ed. Note: This new blog series, consisting of tales of missing public education information and active disinformation, arises at a time when both storytelling and truth are at a premium. Recall that on March 17, one of the first actions of our DC council in the current pandemic was to extend the deadline for responses … Continue reading The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School

15 Ways To Stop DC Public Ed Budget Implosions And Improve Our Schools–Tomorrow

As the corona virus devastates billions of people world-wide, budgets everywhere are being similarly devastated--including DC’s proposed public education budgets. To address expected shortfalls in revenue, here in no particular order are 15 revenue-neutral (and even revenue-enhancing!) ways that DC could tomorrow cut public education expenses; provide greater oversight; and ensure better public involvement in … Continue reading 15 Ways To Stop DC Public Ed Budget Implosions And Improve Our Schools–Tomorrow