A Round-Up Of Recent News That Should Influence DC Voters (But Probably Won’t)

--On November 16, DCPS is holding its annual (mandated) budget meeting; sign up is here. Per history, expect a tightly controlled official narrative; limited testimony with no official response; and finishing within seconds of the announced ending. ---Here is a helpful list of school-based mental health providers, by school, from the DC department of behavioral … Continue reading A Round-Up Of Recent News That Should Influence DC Voters (But Probably Won’t)

Unsafe Passages: A History Of Inaction & Photo Essay

In late October, the DC Council marked-up the Safe Streets for Students bill, B24-0066. It would create an office of safe passage to monitor conditions and promote safe passage; provide for more crossing guards; and ensure a master plan for safe routes and passage for school kids over 5 years. A vote is expected before … Continue reading Unsafe Passages: A History Of Inaction & Photo Essay

DCPS Strategery (Now, With Council Assistance!)

This past week, after more than a month, DCPS ended holding public feedback sessions on its strategic plan. The only hitch: There is no strategic plan. For sure, there were good questions asked of participants at the virtual session I attended, on October 1—and the slide deck presented at my session articulated goals as well … Continue reading DCPS Strategery (Now, With Council Assistance!)

Come On, DC: Save Our School Librarians!

[Ed. Note: The following editorial, to save legislation that would ensure all DCPS schools have librarians henceforward, is by long-time DCPS libraries activist Peter MacPherson.] By Peter MacPherson For reasons that cannot sustain even modest scrutiny, DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson has shown no interest in helping DCPS school librarians.  Worse, he is actively preventing … Continue reading Come On, DC: Save Our School Librarians!

In Case You Missed It (Now, With Graphs!)

--DCPS is holding strategic planning meetings; sign up is here. (Fun fact: When searching for more information about this, I found a press release for DCPS’s strategic planning . . . from 2012.) --On November 2, the DC council will hold a hearing for a bill on expedited background checks for teachers. More information is … Continue reading In Case You Missed It (Now, With Graphs!)