Our current system has inefficiencies and inequities that impede the ability of DCPS to provide quality educational opportunities to all families, which is its mission. 
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by Cathy Reilly
7M ago
Our current system has inefficiencies and inequities that impede the ability of DCPS to provide quality educational opportunities to all families, which is its mission.  As we work to ensure that students have a clear assignment to schools of right based on DCPS attendance zones and feeder pathways; to ensure that there is adequate capacity in the geographically zoned DCPS facilities at each grade level (Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High), including feeder pathways, taking current and future population and enrollment trends into account; and work for equitable access among Di ..read more
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Letter from C4DC to DME Kihn on Student Assignment
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by C4DC
7M ago
Dear Deputy Mayor Kihn, We are looking forward to the work of the Student Assignment Advisory Committee, the technical team, your staff, and our community in the development of plans for DCPS boundaries and the city’s public school buildings and grounds. We believe that as the group begins its work,  there should be  agreement on the problems that the plans seek to  address and shared values to  guide the group.  The Advisory group will be making decisions on student assignment for all DC families, and it will make boundary and feeder changes for the DCPS schools per D ..read more
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Michael Johnson - To Stabilize Enrollment DC Should Reject Plans to Open More Citywide Schools
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by Michael Johnson Jr.
11M ago
REad Michael’s testimony here on the DCFPI website ..read more
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Scott Goldstein Oversight Testimony before the DC Council
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by Scott Goldstein
11M ago
Good Morning Chairman Mendelson and Council Members. As we measure the performance of our education agencies we should start with a focus on the objectives of our education system. I’ll quote former PCSB board member Steve Bumbaugh who frequently says we have one question to answer in education advocacy and policy: “Are we giving poor kids what the rich kids have?” It may seem oversimplified, but when some students walk three blocks to school and others travel two miles and some students have to take double math and reading blocks while other students enjoy arts and music and language educatio ..read more
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Betsy Wolf - Testimony on DCPS FY24 School Budgets
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by Betsy Wolf
11M ago
DCPS dropped its FY24 budget models last week. Here are some insights. Background: Looking at per pupil budget amounts without considering context is very misleading. Example: Let’s say a school has many self-contained classes. It may look like the school has substantially more $, but that’s not actually true. Moreover, special ed and English learner dollars only reach those student subgroups, who are in the minority in the vast majority of schools. Solution: The best way to compare budgets across schools is to first remove the $ going to special education and EL students. Removing fixed posit ..read more
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Performance Oversight Hearing DC Public Schools March 1, 2023 Testimony of Suzanne Wells President, Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization
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by Suzanne Wells
11M ago
Performance Oversight Hearing DC Public Schools March 1, 2023 Testimony of Suzanne Wells President, Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization Thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s Performance Oversight hearing. My name is Suzanne Wells. I am the president of the Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization, but the testimony I am delivering today is my own. My testimony will focus on 1) deep concerns with the planning between DCPS and the independent Public Charter School Board, and the urgent need to amend the School Reform Act, 2) the need to increase the salaries of educational a ..read more
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Mary Filardo Testimony on DGS and School Facilities
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by Mary Filardo
11M ago
Read the full testimony with graphs here ..read more
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Qubilah Huddleston
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by Qubilah Huddleston
11M ago
Read Full Testimony here ..read more
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Elizabeth Corinth Testimony on School Budgets
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by Elizabeth Corinth
11M ago
Hello my name is Elizabeth Corinth. I am a Ward 6 resident, the LSAT Chair for School-Within-School @ Goding where my 3 children attend, and a co-organizer of the DC LSAT Collective, which is a volunteer-run group formed to promote mutual support and sharing of best practices among DCPS Local School Advisory Team members. I’m here today to speak specifically to the impact of the recently released budget allocations on School-Within-School @ Goding. In this second year of the implementation of DCPS’s new budget model, we have definitely experienced the “fiscal cliff” which many had warned about ..read more
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Testimony submitted to Council on WTU Contract for 2023-2-1 Hearing
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by Cathy Reilly
1y ago
We support the Council approving the negotiated WTU contract to better support their members- the DCPS teacher corps.  The request the Council has received from 60 of the Charter LEAs for “equal, proportional funding” to cover the retroactive pay increases negotiated by the WTU and DCPS teachers is a clear sign that it is time for the city to re-examine the efficacy of how it organizes its publicly funded pre-K through adult education schools.  With the proliferation of LEAs we believe the city is paying too much on a number of fronts to support so many different school systems.  ..read more
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