The School Expense That Must Not Be Named (Or, How DCPS Schools Might Close Faster)

Several efforts are well underway in DC to change how money is apportioned to our public schools. The results of either may rapidly change our school landscape. DC’s Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) working group, convened by the office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE), has just had two meetings out of a … Continue reading The School Expense That Must Not Be Named (Or, How DCPS Schools Might Close Faster)

A Case Study In Inadequate Planning, Budgeting, Communications And Transparency (Digital Devices Update)

[Ed. Note: On Friday, DCPS parent Danica Petroshius sent a plea for DCPS to cover the (as much as 60%!) shortfall in digital devices and internet access before school starts tomorrow, Monday August 31. Below, Petroshius outlines what has happened since her plea: her school has received needed devices, possibly at the expense of other … Continue reading A Case Study In Inadequate Planning, Budgeting, Communications And Transparency (Digital Devices Update)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being [a Public School Family in DC]: Digital Device Edition

[Ed. Note: Right now, an astonishing 60% of respondents to a DCPS survey on technology apparently do not have adequate digital coverage at home to engage in mandatory distance learning when school begins on Monday August 31. To delineate this outrage, which parents across the city warned about for months running, look to the email … Continue reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being [a Public School Family in DC]: Digital Device Edition

Advantaging The Advantaged: A Tale Of $312 Million

In a pandemic that has wrecked the economy generally, and DC revenues specifically, the spectacle of a last-minute addition of $48 million in capital spending to purchase the Georgetown Day School’s lower school building, to create a new Ward 3 middle school, provided unique entertainment value. It added to $56 million newly committed to build … Continue reading Advantaging The Advantaged: A Tale Of $312 Million

Now That Distance Learning Is The New Floor For DC Education, Students Need Devices And Internet STAT

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser announced that she would not announce what the plan was for re-opening DCPS. Instead, at the press conference, officials outlined several scenarios for DCPS, including a “hybrid” model of part-time in person instruction, alongside an all-virtual model, all of which they clearly had planned to roll out yesterday as a done deal--then … Continue reading Now That Distance Learning Is The New Floor For DC Education, Students Need Devices And Internet STAT

Will The Council Heed A Letter On The Price Of Disaster Capitalism In DC Schools?

[Ed. Note: Yesterday, the DC Council issued a draft budget report from its education committee, along with draft changes to the budget support act, with both approved by the committee today and now awaiting approval of the entire council. In the latter, not only has an amendment to offer charter co-locations (with revenue to go … Continue reading Will The Council Heed A Letter On The Price Of Disaster Capitalism In DC Schools?

Time To Start Advantaging The DC Public In Its Schools

Despite a few things you may have heard about during the first half of 2020 (you know, a pandemic, global economic collapse, police brutality), our mayor has been very busy in that same period excluding the public and advantaging private education interests at public expense. To be more specific: --Mayor Bowser seized the field of … Continue reading Time To Start Advantaging The DC Public In Its Schools