Will The Council Heed A Letter On The Price Of Disaster Capitalism In DC Schools?

[Ed. Note: Yesterday, the DC Council issued a draft budget report from its education committee, along with draft changes to the budget support act, with both approved by the committee today and now awaiting approval of the entire council. In the latter, not only has an amendment to offer charter co-locations (with revenue to go … Continue reading Will The Council Heed A Letter On The Price Of Disaster Capitalism In DC Schools?

Time To Start Advantaging The DC Public In Its Schools

Despite a few things you may have heard about during the first half of 2020 (you know, a pandemic, global economic collapse, police brutality), our mayor has been very busy in that same period excluding the public and advantaging private education interests at public expense. To be more specific: --Mayor Bowser seized the field of … Continue reading Time To Start Advantaging The DC Public In Its Schools

Satisfying the Satisfied: DC’s Brave New FY21 Budget

By proposing a 3% increase in the uniform per student funding formula (UPSFF) in her post-COVID FY21 budget, Mayor Bowser is pulling off what appears to be a heroic effort in a terrible economic crisis: ensuring some increase in school funding, albeit not at the level previously proposed (a 4% UPSFF increase). Ensuring reasonably stable … Continue reading Satisfying the Satisfied: DC’s Brave New FY21 Budget

Powerful Ideas For Our Public Schools Moving Forward

Amid our collective struggle at being adrift without a clear light at the end of this pandemic, thoughtful and excellent recommendations have emerged right here in DC for ways forward for our public schools in terms of re-opening and distance learning. These ideas are all the more important now that our mayor announced on Monday … Continue reading Powerful Ideas For Our Public Schools Moving Forward

The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School

[Ed. Note: This new blog series, consisting of tales of missing public education information and active disinformation, arises at a time when both storytelling and truth are at a premium. Recall that on March 17, one of the first actions of our DC council in the current pandemic was to extend the deadline for responses … Continue reading The Education Mysteries, Tale #1: Friendship’s Lottery & Achievement Prep’s Middle School