DC (Still) Needs A Sexual Misconduct Policy For ALL Its Publicly Funded Schools

[Ed. Note: Back in 2019, in the wake of news reports and lawsuits concerning sexual misconduct in our publicly funded schools, I wrote this blog post, asking a question that we still--in 2022--do not have an answer for: how are parents to know that their children are safe from sexual misconduct in our schools, if … Continue reading DC (Still) Needs A Sexual Misconduct Policy For ALL Its Publicly Funded Schools

Hey, It’s Budget Season (And Other Recent Unpleasantries)

February has been busy for our schools, whether with bomb threats; a different sort of high school disruption (engineered by a billionaire with a 30% failure rate!); a lawsuit brought by former DCPS principals fired for opposing harsh treatment of students; a series on sexual misconduct at Duke Ellington HS; and a new DCPS budget … Continue reading Hey, It’s Budget Season (And Other Recent Unpleasantries)

We’re Better Than This: Getting To Healthier Covid Policies In DCPS

Almost 2 years into a pandemic that has killed nearly a million Americans, let us explore where DCPS is at--and where we need to be. DCPS has yet to meet its target of 20% testing of students each week—despite emergency legislation (which expired on January 15) calling for at least that level starting in November. … Continue reading We’re Better Than This: Getting To Healthier Covid Policies In DCPS

Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps

While Phil Mendelson, chair of the DC council, dithers and delays about that elected body returning in person after almost 2 years of virtual meetings and hearings, others in DC are demanding safety for in person learning after 20 weeks of the same this school year: --A group of DCPS high school students, Students for … Continue reading Demanding Safer & Better Schools: Upcoming Events & Recaps

Meanwhile, As Covid Rages, DC Revises Its School Ratings

[The following letter was emailed from me to all members of the DC state board of education on December 28, 2021. It contains comments on the board's efforts to revise the STAR rating and DC's school accountability measures. The board is slated to vote on changes in January.] Dear DC state board of education (SBOE), … Continue reading Meanwhile, As Covid Rages, DC Revises Its School Ratings

Denying Covid, Denying Reality–And Fighting Back

Last week, DCPS held 3 days of in person instruction before winter break began on December 23. In that time, covid cases increased alarmingly both in DC as well as across schools--and the mayor reinstated a mask mandate. Yet, instead of responding to the data; or to a petition signed by thousands to have virtual … Continue reading Denying Covid, Denying Reality–And Fighting Back

“We Got A Lot Of Pressure To Approve This Charter School Project”

The title of this blog post was what a staff member of the DC department of energy and environment (DOEE) wrote to a fellow staff member in an email about a storm water management system at Eagle Academy’s property at 2345 R St. SE. That email was part of a FOIA production I received around … Continue reading “We Got A Lot Of Pressure To Approve This Charter School Project”

Public Ed. Engagement, Week of November 15

This coming week is full of opportunities (some of which are listed below, in chronological order) for DC residents to weigh in on a variety of important issues in our schools: November 15, 6 pm: The DC state board of education (SBOE) holds the first of two public engagement sessions on social studies standards, school … Continue reading Public Ed. Engagement, Week of November 15