What They Said: Public Education Roundtable

The public roundtable on school governance and oversight this past Monday (March 19) was an important, if belated, milestone. In the wake of DC public school scandals (plural!), and the council’s inability to get the mayor to testify about them, the education committee of the city council decided to hear ideas from the public concerning … Continue reading What They Said: Public Education Roundtable

It’s An Election Year! Candidate Forum On Education 3/17 & Political Scorecard

Tomorrow, Saturday March 17, the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) is holding a candidate forum starting at 10:30 am in room 150 at McKinley Tech high school (151 T St. NE). Sign up is here, with an information sheet here. Candidates are expected to speak about issues surrounding public education in DC. Council candidates from wards … Continue reading It’s An Election Year! Candidate Forum On Education 3/17 & Political Scorecard

Fraud–Or Why We Need An Independent School Data Agency

Despite council education committee chair David Grosso asking DCPS personnel at the March 1 DCPS performance oversight hearing (find the hearing recording here; Grosso comments start at minute 30) about the existence of residency fraud, and being reassured that it is not common, anectodal evidence suggests that residency fraud and waitlist jumping have occurred regularly in our … Continue reading Fraud–Or Why We Need An Independent School Data Agency

DCPS Calendar Survey & Resource Fairs

Below are two recent DCPS items that do not involve muckracking! 1. DCPS is soliciting feedback (see here) on its two proposed school calendars for next school year. New items include longer Thanksgiving and winter breaks; professional development at term ends, along with teacher conferences; more 5-day weeks (resulting in several 2-day weeks); and no … Continue reading DCPS Calendar Survey & Resource Fairs