DC Education Agency Oversight Responses: A Resource

[Ed. Note: This blog post on where to find education agency oversight responses is intended to be a resource. Many thanks to DCPS budget analyst Mary Levy for her excellent help and insight locating and enumerating these sources. Background: Every spring the DC council holds oversight hearings—budget and performance—for each DC education agency. The council … Continue reading DC Education Agency Oversight Responses: A Resource

When The Long Arm Of The Law < Public Shaming: DME FOIA Follies

In April 2021, and then again in October 2021, my husband sent an email to the generic email (dme@dc.gov) for the office of the deputy mayor for education (DME). In both emails, my husband requested enrollment data by DCPS boundary for the 2020-21 school year. Previous years’ data had been released publicly—but not for that … Continue reading When The Long Arm Of The Law < Public Shaming: DME FOIA Follies

Once Again Flouting DC Law: DGS And School HVAC Reporting

[Ed. Note: The following blog post is by former DCPS teacher Kathleen Coughlin, who here has outlined how the DC Department of General Services (DGS) has not been following DC law for timely and accurate reporting of HVAC repairs and inspections in DCPS schools for the better part of a year. In June, Coughlin wrote … Continue reading Once Again Flouting DC Law: DGS And School HVAC Reporting

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[Ed. Note: The following is an email exchange from December 2021 between a member of the public (who granted me permission to print this) and the privately held XQ Institute. The email exchange discusses how teachers were asked to organize DCPS students for interviews for XQ, even as some teachers (and their school administrators as … Continue reading No Comment

Remaking DC High School Education . . . Somewhere, Somehow

In April, like tens of thousands of other DCPS parents, I received an email from DCPS about the Advanced Technical Center (ATC). The email discussed classes in cybersecurity, general nursing, and health information technology starting in fall 2022 for DC high school students who will be juniors or younger. According to ATC director Richard Kincaid, … Continue reading Remaking DC High School Education . . . Somewhere, Somehow

Recent & Upcoming Events (Chopping Wood Edition*)

--On June 29 at 11 am, the DC council will hold a roundtable on vaccinations for DC students. Immunization rates in DC’s schools are horribly low. Whether the result of ignorance, propaganda, or access (or some combination thereof), this reality portends nothing less than avoidable tragedy. With vaccination rates for DC’s school kids in January … Continue reading Recent & Upcoming Events (Chopping Wood Edition*)

Flouting DC Covid Law, Endangering Students, Teachers, & Schools

[Ed. Note: The following blog post is by former DCPS teacher Kathleen Coughlin, whose tracking of covid reporting in DC’s publicly funded schools has revealed that various DC agencies have not been following DC law for covid-related data reporting and testing in our schools. Last year, Coughlin created a website with DC school covid data … Continue reading Flouting DC Covid Law, Endangering Students, Teachers, & Schools

By The Numbers: DC (Lack Of) Oversight, May 2022 Edition

Consecutive days starting in late April that DC’s department of health did not report any covid data: 12 Date of letter from DC council members to DC’s department of health, demanding better covid reporting: May 12 Date of reply, saying that the council members’ letter was undermining public trust: May 19 Number of DC’s weekly … Continue reading By The Numbers: DC (Lack Of) Oversight, May 2022 Edition