Testimony of Suzanne Wells — Committee on Education DCPS Budget Hearing — April 27, 2017

    My name is Suzanne Wells, and I am a parent of a 6th grader at Eliot-Hine Middle School. In 2010, DCPS released its plan for the Ward 6 middle schools that included starting the process for Eliot-Hine Middle School to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme.  After much hard work onContinue reading “Testimony of Suzanne Wells — Committee on Education DCPS Budget Hearing — April 27, 2017”

Testimony of Danica Petroshius — Parent at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan — April 27, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. I’m Danica Petroshius, parent of two at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (CHML) and a Ward 6 resident. We have been given a proposed FY18 budget by the Mayor that decreases funding for school modernizations. Chairman Grosso, you asked earlier this week where the outrage is about ourContinue reading “Testimony of Danica Petroshius — Parent at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan — April 27, 2017”

Testimony of Elizabeth Bacon — DC Council Education Committee DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27, 2017

Thank you to the Committee for your commitment to hearing public voices in the oversight of our public schools. I am a Ward 6 public schools parent with one child at School Within School and another at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. Today, I want to testify through the lenses of fiscal responsibility and transparency. I believeContinue reading “Testimony of Elizabeth Bacon — DC Council Education Committee DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27, 2017”

Testimony of Heather Schoell ▪ Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO President ▪ Eastern High School PTO Secretary ▪ LSAT Secretary for Both Schools ▪ 21-year Ward 6 Resident ▪ Budget Hearing 4/27/17

Budgets: I’m not at all confident that allocations for schools are accurate. At-Risk funds are supposed to be used at the discretion of the schools. I’m on the LSAT at both Eastern and Eliot-Hine, and those funds were not broken out. This is a blatant violation of the mandate that At-Risk funds supplement regular funding,Continue reading “Testimony of Heather Schoell ▪ Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO President ▪ Eastern High School PTO Secretary ▪ LSAT Secretary for Both Schools ▪ 21-year Ward 6 Resident ▪ Budget Hearing 4/27/17”

Testimony of María Helena Carey — DC Public Schools Parent — Committee on Education Budget Hearing — April 27, 2017

Good morning. My name is María Helena Carey and I am a Ward 6, Capitol Hill resident and mother to two students at School Within School at Goding: Patrick, in 5th grade and Brandon in 2nd grade. This is Patrick’s last year at SWS: He is part of the school’s first 5th grade class. NeitherContinue reading “Testimony of María Helena Carey — DC Public Schools Parent — Committee on Education Budget Hearing — April 27, 2017”

Testimony of Max Kieba — DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today.  My name is Max Kieba.  I am a Ward 6 Resident and parent at Maury Elementary. Need for additional per pupil funding and non-personnel funding support, going directly to schools, with flexibility for the schools on how they’re used. I was happy to see DCPS committed toContinue reading “Testimony of Max Kieba — DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27, 2017”

Testimony of Ivan Frishberg — On Behalf of Brent Elementary PTA — Education Committee, Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27th, 2017

Thank you Chairman Grosso and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony today on behalf of the Brent Elementary PTA. I would like to raise three topics today with respect to the Mayor’s proposed 2018 budget for DCPS: The per pupil funding amounts, the pace of school modernizations, and specificContinue reading “Testimony of Ivan Frishberg — On Behalf of Brent Elementary PTA — Education Committee, Budget Oversight Hearing — April 27th, 2017”

Mayor Bowser and City Leaders: Invest in Modern and Maintained Schools

Today, 455 individuals from all 8 wards and 3 citywide organizations (with represenation from school personnel, parents, and community members) sent a letter urging Mayor Bowser and city leaders to invest in modern and maintained schools. “We need to invest additional resources now to fix all schools. Every child in this city deserves to attend a modern, safeContinue reading “Mayor Bowser and City Leaders: Invest in Modern and Maintained Schools”

Andrea Tucker – ESSA – State Board of Education – March 15, 2017

Testimony of Andrea Tucker Parent and Ward 8 Resident DC State Board of Education Public Board Meeting  on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) School Accountability Measures, March 15, 2017  Good Evening Members of the State Board of Education and thank you for allowing me to testify   here today. My name is Andrea Tucker. I am a native ofContinue reading “Andrea Tucker – ESSA – State Board of Education – March 15, 2017”

Erin Thesing – ESSA – State Board of Education – March 15, 2017

Testimony of Erin Thesing Fifth Grade Teacher at Maury Elementary School & Ward 1 Community Member State Board of Education Public Hearing on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) School Accountability Measures, March 15, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to speak this evening. I have taught in a range of elementary schools–a no-excuses turnaround charter school, a project-based learning charterContinue reading “Erin Thesing – ESSA – State Board of Education – March 15, 2017”