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DCPS chancellor slams Mendelson plan to shift central office funds to schools: The proposal would threaten the district’s ability to run important programs, he said.

May 16th, 2024 - The Washington Post - DCPS chancellor slams Mendelson plan to shift central office funds to schools - The proposal would threaten the district’s ability to run important programs, he said. 

"The chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has fired back against a proposal that would move $25.4 million from the central office budget into individual schools — a measure that would allow campuses to stave off cuts but that he says could threaten other programs, such as security and swim lessons for third-graders. The proposal from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) comes as the body pores over a budget plan released by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), and marks the second year in a row that Mendelson has proposed shifting millions from central services to campuses. This year, however, the city’s budget is tighter and the school district cannot use federal pandemic aid — which expires in September — to fill gaps." Read the full story here.


WTU Rails Against Delay Tactics in Collective Bargaining: Mayor Bowser Hints at Impasse Over Salary in Teacher Contract Negotiations

WTU Rails Against ‘Delay in Collective Bargaining

May 13th, 2024 - The Washington Informer - "Once again, the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) and D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) have yet to finalize a new contract, due to what union members describe as delay tactics by central office leadership and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D)." Read the full story here.


DCPS Files Legal Complaint Against WTU for Working with DC Council on New Contract

DCPS Files Legal Complaint Against WTU for Working with DC Council on New Contract


Digital Equity Letter to Mayor


At a D.C. School, proposed film event sparks outrage amid Israel-Gaza War

At a D.C. School, proposed film event sparks outrage amid Israel-Gaza War

Members of Jackson-Reed’s Arab Student Union said they were barred from showing “The Occupation of the American Mind," which has been accused of antisemitism.

December 30th, 2023 - Washington Post reporter Laura Lumpkin reported that parents and teens have accused Jackson-Reed administrators of censorship after shutting down a documentary screening of a documentary on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Read the full story here.


WJLA Channel 7: New report details startling statistics on chronic absenteeism in DC public schools

WJLA Channel 7: New report details startling statistics on chronic absenteeism in DC public schools

December 5th, 2023 - WJLA Channel 7 News - New Report details startling statistics on chronic absenteeism in DC public schools - This week, The Office of the D.C. State Superintendent of Education issued startling statistics on absenteeism during the last school year. The statistics show that 40% of D.C. students missed 10% or more school days. WTU President, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, said chronic absenteeism hinders learning.

“You start a lesson or theme of the curriculum on Monday, you have half your kids there,” said Lyons. “And if they come on Tuesday, you have to not only consider the kids who came Monday, you have to consider the kids that weren't there on Monday." Watch the full story here or click on picture above.

 


Channel 9 News: Keeping Teachers in DC Classrooms

Channel 9 News: Keeping Teachers in DC Classrooms

December 5th, 2023 - WUSA Channel 9 News reported on biases in IMPACT - DCPS' teacher evaluation system - as one cause of DC's loss of 25% of teachers yearly - a rate higher than other of urban cities. Watch the full story here or click on photo above.


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