Happy Summer! As our schools close for the summer, I want to take a moment to share a few items about the State Board of Education's work this summer and welcome our new DCPS school leaders to Ward 6. But, first, remember to sign-up and win prizes for reading this summer!
Summer Reading 2017
The DC Public Library's Build a Better World Summer Reading challenge encourages all readers to explore books, resources and library services. Register and play online or pickup a game board at your neighborhood library.
Join Chancellor Wilson & Principal Young to discuss their vision for Eliot-Hine June 21 11am at Eliot-Hine MS.
I encourage the Eliot-Hine community to join Chancellor Wilson and Principal Young on Wednesday morning for a conversation about our vision for Eliot-Hine. While the Chancellor has repeatedly expressed his support for Eliot-Hine and it's IB Middle Years Programme, this year's budget allocation failed to follow DCPS's funding guidelines for IB schools, resulting in a shortage of funds to adhere to the IB programme requirements. I hope to see you there to advocate for a vision for Eliot-Hine that will allow all its students to reach their full potential.
Principal Announcements for School Year 2017-2018
I want to thank Principals Peter Young (Brent), Isamar Vargas (Eliot-Hine) and Dawn Clemens (Stuart-Hobson) for their service to our community and welcome three new leaders to our neighborhood:
- Norah Lycknell, Brent Elementary School
- Eugenia Young, Eliot-Hine Middle School
- Kristofer Comeforo, Stuart-Hobson Middle School
Click here to see all the new principal announcements from DCPS.
The high rate of school leader and teacher turnover in our neighborhood schools is alarming. Nearly 38% of DCPS teachers in high poverty schools will not return to the same classroom next year (vs national average of 16%). In the past two years, 10 #Ward6 schools have seen changes in leadership. I was proud to join my colleagues on the State Board of Education in calling for the Council to hold a hearing on these issues and will continue to push for additional conversations on these issues. (more here). Mr. Grosso, the Education Committee Chair, has decided to consider this issue as part of broader conversations about the DCPS strategic plan in the fall.
High School Graduation Task Force
Join the State Board of Education in rethinking the District’s Graduation Requirements: Learn more and apply to join the task for here: https://sboe.dc.gov/gradreqs
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 essential District education stakeholders. I’m proud to announce that I’ve been nominated by the Board’s president to serve on the Task Force and look forward to ensuring that our city’s ESSA plan includes strong additional measures for high school academic growth, school climate, and well-rounded education. 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.
- Seven public and charter schools will see their renovations accelerated due to the Council’s proposed budget: Jefferson Middle School, West Education Campus, Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, Anne M. Goding Elementary School, Eaton Elementary School, Shaw Middle School, and the Browne Education Campus.
Check out more: http://dccouncil.us/news/entry/unanimous-council-passes-fy-2018-budget
Have a great summer!