This Wednesday evening, October 23, at 5:30 pm, the DC state board of education (SBOE), DC’s only elected body with a direct (if relatively powerless) voice on our schools, will take public testimony on teacher retention in DC’s publicly funded schools. (See more information here.) While public voice is sorely needed in every conversation about … Continue reading Let’s Be Clear: DC Teacher Retention Isn’t Just A Problem. It’s A Crisis.
Perhaps the oddest moment of the 5+ hour city council hearing on October 3, dedicated to sussing out why we have actionable lead levels on DC public playgrounds and recreational spaces with synthetic surfaces, was when the director of the agency responsible for those public places and all DCPS facilities (DGS) noted that lead is … Continue reading Toxic Brew: DGS & Child Safety
[Ed. Note: This blog post is an update of one written by Grace Hu in July 2018 on technology challenges in DCPS. A Ward 6 parent who serves on the Amidon-Bowen Local School Advisory Team, Hu is also the founder of Digital Equity in DC Education, a volunteer coalition of DCPS parents dedicated to closing … Continue reading Moving The Needle Together On DCPS’s Computer Challenges
[Ed. Note: The following call to action is from Cathy Reilly, one of the organizers of C4DC, a coalition of ward-based education councils and education organizations dedicated to the support of DCPS. The call is to ensure that in the school budgeting transparency bill (0239) being marked-up by our city council right now and voted … Continue reading The Time To Call The Council For Transparency In Our Schools Is NOW
Until the mayor announced in May that closed DCPS Ward 8 school Ferebee-Hope would be put up for charter offer (RFO), there had been no public notice that anything new was happening with the school, which had been closed since 2013. In fact, official silence to the public regarding this facility--which contains (on more than … Continue reading Game Of Insiders: Ferebee-Hope
[Ed. Note: This, the second of two blog posts on DCPS budgeting, compares DCPS's comprehensive staffing model and school-based budgeting--with needed cautions relative to the shock doctrine school budgeting currently being imposed on DCPS (as outlined in the first blog post of this series). This blog post was created in July 2019 by two DCPS parents, … Continue reading Toward Better DCPS Budgets
[Ed. Note: This is the first of two blog posts on DCPS budgeting. It outlines the many ways in which the fiscal stability of (and equity within) DCPS continue to be undermined. The second blog post outlines a better path forward--authored by two parents along with help from members of the Ward 6 Public Schools … Continue reading Shock Doctrine School Budgeting