Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

Cross-posted from EducationDC [Ed Note: On Friday, December 15, the education committee of the city council held TWO related hearings on graduation rate accountability, arising from reporting that students at DCPS’s Ballou high school graduated without earning appropriate credit. Below, DC education activist Peter MacPherson puts the official investigation of what happened at Ballou into historical and civic perspective.] It’s a big […] . . . → Read More: Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

See Ya, Kaya: ‘Legacy of Progress’?

Cross-Post from The Fight Back written by Pete Tucker This is the first in a three-part series on Kaya Henderson’s time atop DCPS. After six years as head of D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson is calling it quits Friday. According to the Washington Post, her biggest booster, Henderson is leaving behind a “legacy of progress.” Not everyone agrees. Before ascending […] . . . → Read More: See Ya, Kaya: ‘Legacy of Progress’?

D.C. Public School Budget 2017

The April issue of the Citizen Reader highlights the DCPS fiscal year 2017 proposed budget and financial plan. . . . → Read More: D.C. Public School Budget 2017

Questions for D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education

Every year, as part of the Council’s oversight responsibilities, the various committees send out a list of questions to each of the agencies within their purview. The Citizen Reader gives some attention to a few of the Committee on Education’s oversight questions to the office of the Deputy Mayor for Education. . . . → Read More: Questions for D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education

Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements

DC “State” Board of Education has proposed changing the rules for District of Columbia Graduates. Rather than taking all the courses required to get their degree, students could simply pass the right tests and get their degree. With the exception of testing out of math and language courses, many educators think this is a bad idea. The following two articles, taken from the March Citizen Reader, published by highlight the details. . . . → Read More: Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements