Better School Quality Measures–And Hearings

Herein a rundown of events on the horizon: DCPS calendar feedback: DCPS is soliciting feedback on calendar proposals. See here for more information. School will start August 26 (traditional calendar) or August 12 (extended year calendar). OSSE school report card feedback: The office of the state superintendent of education (OSSE) would like your thoughts on … Continue reading Better School Quality Measures–And Hearings

Prediction: Erecting Roadblocks To Educating Our Kids Will Not End Well

As with the revelation last week that DCPS is not providing required science and social studies at some of its middle schools, yesterday's City Paper investigation about generally unregulated interim education providers was met with a lot of silence from city education leaders. The City Paper report detailed how a 5th grade child with special needs, … Continue reading Prediction: Erecting Roadblocks To Educating Our Kids Will Not End Well

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