The Week In Review: Just Like The Year In Review, Only More So

Soooo, in addition to a new chancellor apparently selected against the wishes of the chancellor selection panel (and who comes with both scandal and ed reform kudos), we have his new supervisor, Paul Kihn, who as deputy mayor for education stated the city must “look at [the] role” of schools of right (which I guess … Continue reading The Week In Review: Just Like The Year In Review, Only More So

Why DC Needs Independent Education Data: Ellington Edition

So, a DC education agency makes mistakes--a lot of them, turns out--in determining who is a resident of DC at one DCPS high school (Ellington). Then, in the wake of several lawsuits, the agency quietly issues an (undated) report that shows (but doesn't admit) how the agency made a lot of mistakes, and then--well, read it all … Continue reading Why DC Needs Independent Education Data: Ellington Edition

Forum On DC Teacher & Principal Retention: November 28

This Wednesday November 28, from 6 pm-8 pm, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) and teacher advocacy group EmpowerEd will hold a joint forum on staff retention in DC’s publicly funded schools. The forum will be held at Walker-Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW. RSVP here. The idea is to brainstorm how … Continue reading Forum On DC Teacher & Principal Retention: November 28

Save DC’s (Truly) Independent Education Collaborative!

[Ed. Note: The following is by Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3 state board of education representative, on a pending vote (as early as this coming Tuesday November 27) on city council legislation (B22-0776) to establish a research collaborative for education data in DC. In the wake of multiple education scandals involving data, the legislation provides for … Continue reading Save DC’s (Truly) Independent Education Collaborative!

This Is What Democracy Doesn’t Look Like: Banneker/Shaw Edition

At last week’s November 15 council hearing, on the plan to build a new Banneker high school at the site of the closed Shaw Junior High, dozens of public witnesses testified, advocating for either Banneker or a Shaw middle school of right on the site. But after more than four hours of their testimony, it … Continue reading This Is What Democracy Doesn’t Look Like: Banneker/Shaw Edition

Cross Sector Task Force Releases Report; Members Resign

Into the deep well of overlooked news dumped on a Friday evening before a long holiday weekend, the office of the deputy mayor for education (DME) this past Friday released its report on the work of 2+ years of the cross sector task force (CSTF). The somewhat triumphant press release avoids discussing the group's failures, while … Continue reading Cross Sector Task Force Releases Report; Members Resign