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”

Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – April 2, 2021

I am Valerie Jablow, Ward 6 resident and DCPS parent testifying on behalf of the Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization. As you know, DCPS is forcing schools to cut staff and make impossible budget choices for the 21-22 school year, the first year of recovery after more than one year of disrupted learning dueContinue reading “Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization Testimony – COW Hearing: DCPS Initial School Level Budgets FY22 – 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”

Valerie Jablow Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

My name is Valerie Jablow, and as a DCPS parent, I am testifying about DCPS; the charter board; DME; and OSSE. That’s 3 minutes to address the performance of four agencies handling more than $2 BILLION annually—45 seconds per agency or about $11 million per second. As a public witness, I am theoretically like everyoneContinue reading “Valerie Jablow Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Elizabeth Mitchell Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

If you had asked me in June to come up with the worst reopening plan imaginable, I’m not sure I could have done as amazing a job as DCPS. It’s almost art.   After promising us soap at the onset of the pandemic – mind you- after one of the worst flu seasons our school hadContinue reading “Elizabeth Mitchell Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Recap of Chairman Mendelson’s Community Meeting re: Academic Recovery Planning (Wards 6, 4 and 2)

Thank you for taking time out of your evening (along with fellow Ward 6, Ward, 3, and Ward 2 families) to share your ideas with Chairman Mendelson and his staff about what an Academic Recovery Plan might look like for DC.  There were some clear themes that emerged: schools need to be funded at higherContinue reading “Recap of Chairman Mendelson’s Community Meeting re: Academic Recovery Planning (Wards 6, 4 and 2)”

W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, Feb 16 @ 7pm

W6PSPO will meet virtually on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 pm.  If you registered for a previous W6PSPO meeting, the link you received for that meeting will work for this and future W6PSPO meetings.  If you don’t already have the meeting link, you can register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudOqsqDorHdOqNZKiWVfvLL0TPp_az3Wp. After registering, you will receive a confirmation emailContinue reading “W6PSPO Meets Tuesday, Feb 16 @ 7pm”