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!”

Upcoming Opportunities to Support DCPS School Staffing and Budgets

Dear DC School Community Members, Thank you for your support in demanding the city maintain the current staffing levels at all DCPS schools for the upcoming school year AND increase funding in schools serving students most impacted by the pandemic. 794 community members from 97 schools across all 8 wards have shown their support. Thank youContinue reading “Upcoming Opportunities to Support DCPS School Staffing and Budgets”

W6PSPO & Friends Support of OSSE PARCC Waiver Request

Acting Superintendent Young,  We (parents, educators and community members) strongly support the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE)’s request for a systemwide PARCC reading and math assessment waiver this spring 2021, and we agree with the request to suspend the calculating of new STAR ratings for SY 2020/2021. Between February 12 andContinue reading “W6PSPO & Friends Support of OSSE PARCC Waiver Request”

For Action: OSSE PARCC Waiver Requests are Open for Public Comment Through April 2, 2021

Good news! You can review OSSE’s requests for one-year waivers for PARCC testing HERE and provide comment via email to osse.assessment@dc.gov by April 2, 2021. It’s worth noting in the Statewide Assessment Waiver Request, OSSE proposes to: “Collect and share information transparently with the public on local interim assessments as well as a spectrum of previouslyContinue reading “For Action: OSSE PARCC Waiver Requests are Open for Public Comment Through April 2, 2021”

Petition: Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts

DC Public Schools is forcing schools to cut staff for the 2021-22 school year, the first year of recovery after more than one year of disrupted learning due to Covid-19. Education councils in Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and ANC Commissioners initiated this petition to demand that the city maintain the currentContinue reading “Petition: Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts”

Good News! OSSE to Seek PARCC Waiver This Year!

Dear DC School Community, We have great news! Today, Interim Superintendent Shana Young – head of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – sent a letter to DC local education agency (LEA) leaders, letting them know that OSSE will seek a PARCC waiver! Below is an excerpt from the letter: “We are writing toContinue reading “Good News! OSSE to Seek PARCC Waiver This Year!”

For the Sake of Students, Cancel PARCC Testing

After discussions with parents and teachers, school leaders and community members across the city, Ward 6 parents initiated this petition to cancel PARCC testing for this school year. Please consider signing this petition and sharing with your networks. Sign the petition here. To: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Acting Superintendent Shana Young (Office of the StateContinue reading “For the Sake of Students, Cancel PARCC Testing”