The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School

[Ed. Note: This new blog series, consisting of tales of missing public education information and active disinformation, arises at a time when both storytelling and truth are at a premium. Recall that on March 17, one of the first actions of our DC council in the current pandemic was to extend the deadline for responses … Continue reading The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School

15 Ways To Stop DC Public Ed Budget Implosions And Improve Our Schools–Tomorrow

As the corona virus devastates billions of people world-wide, budgets everywhere are being similarly devastated--including DC’s proposed public education budgets. To address expected shortfalls in revenue, here in no particular order are 15 revenue-neutral (and even revenue-enhancing!) ways that DC could tomorrow cut public education expenses; provide greater oversight; and ensure better public involvement in … Continue reading 15 Ways To Stop DC Public Ed Budget Implosions And Improve Our Schools–Tomorrow

Privilege, Wealth, & The New Digital Equity Fund

On Tuesday this past week, Mayor Bowser announced that “DC education leaders” were launching a new “digital equity fund.” A “collaboration” between private organization Education Forward DC, the DC Public Education Fund (the private fundraising arm of DCPS), and the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the fund is intended to increase access to the internet and … Continue reading Privilege, Wealth, & The New Digital Equity Fund

Destroying The Public Trust: FOIA In DC Charter Schools Edition

As awful as it is to see a DC public school closed and students and staff blamed for its poor attendance, low test scores, and declining enrollment without any blame attached to the people actually responsible for the school's divestment that resulted in just those conditions, such blatant disrespect for the public (i.e., you), and the public trust, … Continue reading Destroying The Public Trust: FOIA In DC Charter Schools Edition

Reasons Why DCPS Should Support, Not Close, Washington Met

[Ed. Note: Tomorrow, Tuesday February 4 at 11 am, the DC city council votes on emergency legislation (introduced by at large council member Robert White, along with Ward 1 council member Brianne Nadeau and Ward 8 council member Trayon White) to stop the closure of one of DCPS's alternative high schools, Washington Metropolitan. The following helpful synopsis … Continue reading Reasons Why DCPS Should Support, Not Close, Washington Met