This past week, DCPS rolled out its strategic plan for the next 5 years, with an appearance by Magic Johnson, whose relationship to the school district goes into its food contract, which itself is (still) shrouded in a lack of, well, outrage on the part of elected officials, despite the fact that some city officials … Continue reading The Lemonade of DCPS’s Strategic Plan
and some people are trying to get them to do something about it. To be more precise: on August 9, the DC office of open government (OOG) issued a binding opinion that declared that the DC public charter school board (PCSB) violated public meeting requirements of DC’s School Reform Act (SRA), PCSB custom and practice, … Continue reading So, The Public Charter School Board Violated The Law In June . . .
Last week, the Anacostia studio of progressive media station We Act Radio (which hosts Education Town Hall, to which I have contributed) was vandalized and expensive equipment stolen. As a result, We Act Radio is shut down until it is, literally, rebuilt. Please consider giving to the station's fundraising campaign as well as its community clean-up, slated … Continue reading Help Save We Act Radio
It’s a new school year--and to herald its start, the SY16-17 PARCC test results were announced last week. Despite a lack of significant change from last year, the scores have prompted several interesting remarks. Charter board executive director Scott Pearson was quoted in the Post as noting that DCPS’s relatively stronger performance was evidence that … Continue reading Continuing The Damage
Last month, in a chemistry lab at Luke C. Moore high school, I may have gotten a glimpse of the future. That was when, on July 25, I heard members of the cross sector task force discuss opening and closing of schools in our city. Part of a subgroup of the task force, working on … Continue reading Seeing The Future: School Closings?
Whatever honeymoon existed for Chancellor Wilson ended abruptly last month, with revelations that suspensions in DCPS are not accurately recorded (thus artificially lowering DCPS suspension rates) and with teachers at high-poverty DCPS schools testifying on July 19 before the state board of education about the poor retention of their colleagues and a culture of administrative … Continue reading The Summer Of Official Concern™
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 … Continue reading The Rush Of July: Education Events Galore