[The following is an email sent by DC schools activist Peter MacPherson, in the wake of the DCPS FY19 budget hearing. It got no response from its direct addressee, Chancellor Antwan Wilson, nor any of the city education leaders copied, which include the deputy mayor for education, the chair of the city council, and the … Continue reading No Response: DCPS Libraries
This summer, the state board of education formed a task force on graduation requirements, to “review, analyze and, as necessary, make thoughtful, implementable recommendations to adjust DC’s high school graduation requirements for all DCPS and public charter students.” Setting aside the odd circumstances of the task force’s formation (see here), the work seems important: our … Continue reading Weigh In On Graduation Requirements
Next Tuesday, November 14, starting at 6 pm, DCPS will hold a budget hearing/debate on next year’s school funding. The forum will be at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E Street NE, and sign-up is here (deadline to sign up is this Friday November 10 at 3 pm). On the same day that this budget forum … Continue reading Let’s Talk Money! (Or Is It Power?)
[Herein is a letter sent to the heads of the DC public charter school board, with all city education leaders copied (except for the DCPS chancellor, who was not involved). Months later, despite the letter's simple demand for the charter board's illegal action to be reversed, no DC government official addressed or copied here responded … Continue reading No Response: DC Prep Re-Vote
That would be the public. Oh, the planning process itself is well-defined publicly, as far as the actions of agencies and their employees go: --The office of planning is updating the city’s comprehensive plan, including feedback from city education agencies that was submitted in June. The office of planning will be soliciting public feedback when … Continue reading Guess Who Is Missing From DC Public Education Planning?
Well, you probably already missed one of the (not-well-publicized) meetings on the ESSA school report cards, but no worries: As you may recall, earlier this year DC got--courtesy of a phonebanking effort by national pro-education reform and charter advocacy group Democrats for Education Reform--a test-heavy school accountability law. This new DC law, formulated under the … Continue reading Quick! Weigh In On The ESSA Report Cards
So, the city council’s health committee passed unanimously the other week a bill that establishes that each DC public school will have a registered nurse for 40 hours every week. Which is great news--but even if the council votes the bill into law (which is expected), without funding the law cannot be enforced. Worse, the … Continue reading Hey, MAYOR: Why Can’t DC Do What Pediatricians Recommend And Have Full-Time Registered Nurses In Each Public School?