Hopeful News! DCPS SY22 school staff may be restored – please help us confirm

Dear DCPS Communities and Families, We hope you’ve heard the good news (fingers crossed) that the Mayor is allocating $14M additional (federal aid) funds to solve the gaps that have led to staff cuts at our schools. We are cautiously optimistic, though, as $14M is short of the $18M budget expert Mary Levy estimated needed toContinue reading “Hopeful News! DCPS SY22 school staff may be restored – please help us confirm”

W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, April 20 @ 7pm

Dear Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization members,W6PSPO will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 pm.  The following will be on our agenda: Kathy Patterson, DC Auditor, and Erin Roth, Director of Education Research for the Office of the DC Auditor, will discuss the recently released report, Measuring What Matters:  More and Better DataContinue reading “W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, April 20 @ 7pm”

Follow up (Letter to Mayor Bowser): Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts

April 7, 2021 Dear Mayor Bowser, We are reaching out on behalf of Ward education councils and community leaders across DC to request a meeting with you where we can discuss your administration’s plans for restoring school staff positions that were eliminated in FY22 school budget allocations and investing more in schools that have greatContinue reading “Follow up (Letter to Mayor Bowser): Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts”

PARCC is Officially Canceled This Year!

Dear DC School Community Members, It’s official! PARCC is canceled this year! Yesterday, the US Department of Education approved the waiver request submitted by the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education.  Thank YOU ALL for your advocacy and support and thank you to the Ward Education Councils, PTO/LSAT and community leaders who helped getContinue reading “PARCC is Officially Canceled This Year!”

Ward 4 Education Alliance – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable on DCPS Initial School Level Budgets Cathy Reilly on Behalf of the Ward 4 Education Alliance April 2, 2021, 9:30am Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the DCPS local school budgets.  My name is Cathy Reilly and I am here testifying on behalf of the Ward 4Continue reading “Ward 4 Education Alliance – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”

ANC4B01 – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

Testimony of Evan Yeats on Behalf of ANC4B01 Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable on DCPS Initial School Level Budgets April 2, 2021, 9:30am Dear Chair Mendelson and Councilmembers: Thank you for the opportunity to submit this written testimony. This testimony is largely based Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Priorities, passed unanimouslyContinue reading “ANC4B01 – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”

Ward 7 Education Council – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

Dr. Marla M. Dean Testimony on Behalf of Ward 7 Education Council Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable on DCPS Initial School Level Budgets April 2, 2021, 9:30am Good Morning Chairman Mendelson, Councilmembers and Council Staff. Thank you for the opportunity to come before you this morning. I am Dr. Marla M. Dean, ED/CEO ofContinue reading “Ward 7 Education Council – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”

Mary Levy Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

Mary Levy Testimony Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable on DCPS Initial School Level Budgets April 2, 2021, 9:30am As an education finance lawyer, a budget and policy analyst, and a DCPS parent, I have studied DCPS local school and overall budgets for 40 years.  When DCPS posted proposed local school budgets for next year,Continue reading “Mary Levy Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”

Ward 1 Education Council Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

On Behalf of the Ward 1 Education Council Committee of the Whole Public Roundtable on DCPS Initial School Level Budgets April 2, 2021, 9:30am Good morning Chairman and Councilmembers. My name is Alexandra Simbana, a parent of a 3rd grader at Cleveland Elementary, a member of my school’s LSAT and member of the Ward 1Continue reading “Ward 1 Education Council Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”

Ward 2 Education Council Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

Chairman and Councilmembers. I am Sandra Moscoso, treasurer of the Ward 2 Education Council and a parent of two students at School Without Walls High School.  I am here to ask that you support funding our schools so they are able to maintain current staffing levels and to also invest more in schools hardest hitContinue reading “Ward 2 Education Council Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021”