DC Public School Suspensions—or, “Where’s The x-Axis?”

The city council’s education committee will hold a hearing on January 30 (sign up is here) concerning two bills--B22-0594 and B22-0179--that could eliminate most suspensions of children younger than high school age in addition to providing greater scrutiny of, and justification for, DCPS suspensions. The bills together attempt to provide guidance for all publicly funded … Continue reading DC Public School Suspensions—or, “Where’s The x-Axis?”

The Ballou Hearing: The Good, The Bad, & OSSE

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

Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

[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

So, While Apparently Not Worrying About Ballou, Our Mayor Requested $230 Million In DC Bonds For KIPP DC

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