The Education Mysteries, Tale #4: The Peabody Flood Of 2020

On the evening of September 28 (and/or possibly the early morning hours of September 29, 2020), the ceiling above the third floor atrium at DCPS’s Peabody early childhood campus collapsed. As it fell, the ceiling somehow interacted with a water line, causing water to flood the entire building from the third floor down to its … Continue reading The Education Mysteries, Tale #4: The Peabody Flood Of 2020

About That February 26 Hearing On “Learning Loss” . . .

In the wake of a deeply weird hearing on "learning loss" (held on February 10 with invited witnesses), the DC Council will hold another hearing on the same topic—on February 26—again with invited witnesses. In a post on twitter the week after the February 10 hearing, council chair Phil Mendelson noted that he “is incensed … Continue reading About That February 26 Hearing On “Learning Loss” . . .

Disconnecting From The Public On The Road To Re-Opening

Tomorrow, January 21 starting at 1 pm, the DC Council will hold a hearing on DCPS’s imminent re-opening. There are at least 50 public witnesses signed up to deliver their testimony during the hearing. But as with the December 2 hearing on DCPS re-opening, not all public witnesses who signed up to deliver testimony during … Continue reading Disconnecting From The Public On The Road To Re-Opening

This Week In DC Edu-Drama: Down The Rabbit Hole

--Tomorrow, December 2, the DC council’s education committee will hold a hearing on DCPS re-opening. It comes as DCPS has repeatedly not involved major stakeholders (i.e., parents, teachers, students) in its re-opening plans and has announced different dates for re-opening, different numbers of schools re-opening, and different scenarios of cleaning, HVAC, and readiness. Taken together, … Continue reading This Week In DC Edu-Drama: Down The Rabbit Hole

Last Call For DC’s Comprehensive Plan (And Education Rights)

[Ed. Note: Below is my submitted testimony on DC's comprehensive plan. As a basis for future planning in DC, the draft comprehensive plan submitted by the mayor is now before the DC council for its consideration and approval. For more information, including how to submit testimony, see here. The public hearing record is open until … Continue reading Last Call For DC’s Comprehensive Plan (And Education Rights)

Education And DC Campaign Money, Part 2: Candidates

In part 1 of this series on 2020 campaign donations and DC education, I examined how DC elected and appointed officials, as well as some common education reform donors and DC education leaders, have donated to candidates in this election cycle. This post, the second of three parts of this series, outlines financial support to … Continue reading Education And DC Campaign Money, Part 2: Candidates

Education And DC Campaign Money, Part 1: DC Leaders

Despite the well-intended nature of DC’s new public financing of campaigns, it appears that money is flowing copiously from education reform and school privatization interests to local candidates seemingly irrespective of whether they use public financing or the traditional campaign finance system. This blog post is the first in a series exploring these financial stakes … Continue reading Education And DC Campaign Money, Part 1: DC Leaders

Show Up, Shout Out: This Week’s Events Around DCPS’s Re-Opening

Ward 6 Public School Parents Organization (W6PSPO) head Suzanne Wells helpfully compiled the following list of activities this week to show up and shout out concerning DCPS's re-opening plan: --The Parent Advocacy Action Team is holding a rally at 10 am, Thursday, October 22 at the Wilson Building (our city hall! 1350 PA Ave. NW) on how reopening affects DC children … Continue reading Show Up, Shout Out: This Week’s Events Around DCPS’s Re-Opening