Well, chalk it up to the fast-moving heat, but education events are happening so quickly this month that one wonders if the famous quiet of July in DC is apocryphal:
–Tomorrow, Thursday July 13, the council holds a public roundtable on summer modernizations in DCPS. (No idea when this was announced, but you can get more information here.)
–The state board of education this past Monday announced that it was forming an advisory task force for implementing the ESSA law. The deadline to apply for the task force is a week later: Monday July 17. See here to apply (and if you do, be quick).
–Also on Monday July 17, the public charter school board will hold its monthly meeting, during which it will vote on a number of items whose deadline for public comment is weeks afterward. (At least I was able to get to the comment page–when I clicked on the link to the board meeting, it said “you are not authorized to access this page.” I’ll say!)
–The cross sector task force is having two conference calls ahead of its regularly scheduled July meeting. One call is on facilities (July 17, 10:30-11:30 am) and the other is on at risk students (July 18, 3-4 pm). More info. on accessing the calls is at those links.
–The cross sector task force itself will meet on July 25, 6-8 pm, at a location TBD. This is the group’s second to last meeting listed on its website. (No time to list all the stuff the task force hasn’t touched, but if you wish to review, see here.)
–The state board’s task force on graduation requirements (with its, um, interesting selection process) is having its first meeting on July 26, 6-8 pm, at 441 4th Street NW. The plan is for the group to meet on the second and fourth Wednesday each month, from 6-8 pm. More information is here–with public comment encouraged. (Not clear if public attendance at the task force meetings is similarly encouraged–maybe a phone call to your friendly state board rep. is warranted?)
Whatever else you do, don’t blink–it’s July.