So, a DC education agency makes mistakes–a lot of them, turns out–in determining who is a resident of DC at one DCPS high school (Ellington).
Then, in the wake of several lawsuits, the agency quietly issues an (undated) report that shows (but doesn’t admit) how the agency made a lot of mistakes, and then–well, read it all here. (Along with a little light background reading.)
A few questions spring to mind:
–What follow up is being done (and by whom)?
–Will there be a council hearing?
–What is the status of other residency investigations?
–Why is information about the Ellington investigation so hard to find in one place on the website of OSSE? (Here’s what a search turned up.)
–Was Ellington targeted for such seemingly outsize residency scrutiny (and if so, why)?
–Will a portion of the Ellington building be set aside as a school of right for students from overcrowded Wilson, as apparently discussed in some (private) circles?
In the meantime, an Ellington student who was homeless has a gofundme page to help pay tuition for her senior year; she is currently staying with her grandparents in Maryland (who cannot pay), while tuition is being charged to her until she can prove her homelessness. (Yeah.)
Funny how every last thing about DC education data always seems to come down to money:
Recall also that a whole lot of (the same?) people have money riding on DC education data being controlled by someone other than Jane & Joe Public.
Hmm: Maybe, if you haven’t already, you might give the council a little jingle about DC’s need for independent education data.