Locking Up Gibbs And Shaed For The Century (Darkly)

On Monday April 4, I got a surprise—and not the kind that comes nicely wrapped in pretty paper. Months before, on December 6, 2021, two bills—24-556 and 24-555--concerning former DCPS schools Gibbs and Shaed, respectively, were introduced. This permanent legislation would extend until 2045 and 2046 (and potentially until 2070 and 2071) the leases of … Continue reading Locking Up Gibbs And Shaed For The Century (Darkly)

DCPS School Planning (AKA “A Hand Tied Behind The Back And A Foot In A Bucket Of Concrete”)

Last week (and weeks late), DCPS released the capital plan documentation required when it made public its budget in March.  The documentation marks a seminal moment in the continued disregard of the mayor and her deputies for the public’s connection to the public school assets held in its name. Basically, it is a plan to end municipally … Continue reading DCPS School Planning (AKA “A Hand Tied Behind The Back And A Foot In A Bucket Of Concrete”)

Feedback For School Ratings And Accountability (And Seeing DC’s Plan In A New Light)

[Ed. Note: On March 7, DC’s office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE) submitted to the federal department of education an addendum to its state plan for accountability for DC’s publicly funded schools. In its cover letter, OSSE mentioned receiving public feedback. But that feedback was limited to four entities: a charter advocacy organization; … Continue reading Feedback For School Ratings And Accountability (And Seeing DC’s Plan In A New Light)

DC (Still) Needs A Sexual Misconduct Policy For ALL Its Publicly Funded Schools

[Ed. Note: Back in 2019, in the wake of news reports and lawsuits concerning sexual misconduct in our publicly funded schools, I wrote this blog post, asking a question that we still--in 2022--do not have an answer for: how are parents to know that their children are safe from sexual misconduct in our schools, if … Continue reading DC (Still) Needs A Sexual Misconduct Policy For ALL Its Publicly Funded Schools

Hey, It’s Budget Season (And Other Recent Unpleasantries)

February has been busy for our schools, whether with bomb threats; a different sort of high school disruption (engineered by a billionaire with a 30% failure rate!); a lawsuit brought by former DCPS principals fired for opposing harsh treatment of students; a series on sexual misconduct at Duke Ellington HS; and a new DCPS budget … Continue reading Hey, It’s Budget Season (And Other Recent Unpleasantries)

We’re Better Than This: Getting To Healthier Covid Policies In DCPS

Almost 2 years into a pandemic that has killed nearly a million Americans, let us explore where DCPS is at--and where we need to be. DCPS has yet to meet its target of 20% testing of students each week—despite emergency legislation (which expired on January 15) calling for at least that level starting in November. … Continue reading We’re Better Than This: Getting To Healthier Covid Policies In DCPS

Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps

While Phil Mendelson, chair of the DC council, dithers and delays about that elected body returning in person after almost 2 years of virtual meetings and hearings, others in DC are demanding safety for in person learning after 20 weeks of the same this school year: --A group of DCPS high school students, Students for … Continue reading Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps