The past quarter has been an exciting one in DC education. Our new chancellor has been visiting many schools and developing DCPS's new strategy. The mayor presented a budget that didn't provide per student funding at a level that kept up with inflation, but the Council countered it and restored funding. Controversy emerged over favoritism in the lottery among DC officials.
Through this all, our amazing principals and teaching staff have been plugging away to provide students with consistently excellent education. In ourWard 1 elementary schools, we bid farewell and extend our gratitude to Principal Dawn Foreman who served at Cleveland and Principal Collin Hill from Garrison. We welcome new principals Anna Krughoff (who was assistant principal at Marie Reed) to Cleveland and Brigham Kiplinger to Garrison!
On the State Board, we recently launched the application process for a citywide task force to review high school graduation requirements, which I will be co-leading with my colleague Markus Batchelor from Ward 8. Stay tuned as we announce selected task force members at the end of the week!
Best wishes to all for a safe and relaxing summer.
(photo above: The CHEC Team for the 2017 Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix)
High School Graduation Requirements Review
As noted above, the State Board is embarking on a year-long process to review and update our high school graduation requirements. I will co-lead the task force with my colleague Markus Batchelor from Ward 8. The first step of this process is to build a task force that is representative of DC's students. As over 50% of DC's students reside in Wards 7 and 8, the task force composition will reflect this. We have also introduced historic transparency in the process for establishing the task force. All applications were available online for all to review, and we have made selection criteria public. We'll announce at the end of this week the membership of the task force. All meetings will be open to the public. You can also follow our progress here: https://sboe.dc.gov/gradreqs.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Advisory Task Force
Last month, the State Board of Education voted to create an ESSA Advisory Task Force to conduct community roundtables and focus groups to gather input on the remaining ESSA accountability plan measures, pilot studies, and school report cards from District education stakeholders. If you participated in any of the ESSA community discussions, you may recall that our city’s ESSA plan includes strong additional measures for high school academic growth, school climate, and well-rounded education. The task force will serve as a sounding board for these measures as they are developed. Look for more information in the coming weeks.
Council Adopts 2018 Budget
Among the highlights of the Council’s budget as passed are:
- The Universal per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF), the keystone metric in schools funding, will increase by 3%, which is double the 1.5% proposed in the Mayor’s budget
- Concretely, this change will net $11.5 million in additional funds for DC Public Schools and $7.2 million for DC Public Charter Schools.
Improved communication from the State Board
The Board is working to communicate in more forms with the public. We recently launched a new blog, which you may find here: https://educationindc.com/
News from your schools!*
This June, Marie Reed celebrated our 5th grade students as they completed the elementary school chapter of their educational career and are preparing for middle school! We recognized Eva for her award-winning essay on 1st amendment rights, Titus and Khalil for leading the boys’ basketball team to becoming West Side champions, and Eliana and Senayda our co-valedictorians, just to name a few. Our graduating class of 5th graders has accomplished so much already; we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them! Please note that the Marie Reed administrative team is located at Powell Elementary School (1350 Upshur St NW) for the summer until we move back into the “real Reed” on 18th Street this August!
Brigham Kiplinger is thrilled to be the new principal of Garrison Elementary School. A native Washingtonian, he brings 14 years of experience as a teacher and leader in schools all over the city, most recently as a DCPS Mary Jane Patterson Fellow at Orr ES. You can read more about Mr. Kiplinger here.
Mr. Kiplinger looks forward to meeting members of the Garrison community, and will hold a series of principal chats in July at Seaton ES, which is generously hosting the Garrison team this summer while the Garrison modernization is completed. Please join him for any of the following meetings:
- Tuesday, July 11, 6:00-7:00pm
- Tuesday, July 18, 9:00-10:00am (Spanish interpretation provided)
- Tuesday, July 25, 6:00-7:00pm
HD Cooke students are still learning and thriving. As an extended year school, classes are in session until July 13. We are doing science projects, field trips to Mt. Vernon, the Puppet Theater, SEM clusters and so much more to keep the mind and body active this summer. We want our students to continue to improve, stay motivated and engaged through the hot summer days.
Our final SEM cluster fair will take place on July 5th. Groups will showcase what they have been working on for the third round of enrichment groups.
Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)
For the Summer of 2017, CHEC will have 1,100 students in various summer programs:
- Middle School Academics
- High School Academics
- Summer Bridge
- Jazz Band
- Percussion Band
- Football Camp
- Soccer Camp
- Mayor Office for Latino Affairs Summer Program
- Japanese Language Program
- Asian American Program
- TANF Summer Program
- 21st CCLC Program
*I have included news from schools who submitted information to me. All Ward 1 DCPS schools are invited to submit information.