By The Numbers: RPP Advisory Committee Speakers’ Edition

Total number of advisory committee members, as specified in authorizing legislation, for DC’s public education research practice partnership (RPP): 21

Percentage that must be appointed by elected or appointed officials not connected to the RPP: 100%

Number appointed thus far: 20

Total number of originally scheduled public meetings of the RPP advisory committee: 6

Total number of public meetings of the RPP advisory committee thus far: 3

Duration, in minutes, of those meetings: 324 (January: 112; March: 96; April: 116)

Approximate number of minutes spoken by advisory committee members at their first 3 meetings: 82 (January: 11, including introductions; March: 31, including a member’s presentation; April: 40, including discussion of the group’s by-laws)

Approximate number of minutes spoken at those same meetings by the executive director of the RPP: 113 (January: 50; March: 33; April: 30, including telling the advisory committee how to run its meetings)

Mentions in the RPP’s authorizing legislation of how no one who works for the RPP or provides it funding may be a member of the advisory committee: 1

Purpose of the advisory committee, per authorizing legislation: to “establish a 5-year research agenda” for the RPP and to provide “intellectual guidance from diverse perspectives” on all research projects undertaken by the RPP

Number of its meetings thus far where the advisory committee itself has apparently set the agenda, invited speakers, or ran the meeting in its entirety: 0

Times that a guest speaker asked at the April 2022 meeting what the RPP executive director had asked her to speak about: 1

Times that the same guest speaker asked whether the RPP executive director was the “only broker in the RPP”: 1

Number of meetings of the RPP advisory committee once set to be public and are now not public: 1

Percent of meetings of the RPP advisory committee that council chair Phil Mendelson wanted closed to the public: 100%

Number of advisory committee meetings Mendelson has attended and spoken at: 1

Number of meetings of the advisory committee that included researchers and research organizations that comprise the so-called “research council” and may be contracted by the RPP on research projects: 3

Mentions of a “research council” in the RPP’s authorizing legislation: 0

Number of advisory committee meetings or their minutes that showed or listed all in attendance at its meetings: 0

Likelihood that the advisory committee will act independently of the RPP, the research council, or researchers contracted by the RPP: Unknown

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