A high-quality public education system and an innovative and thriving public library system create college-ready students and a prepared workforce. The Committee on Education strives to strengthen the trust that parents and the community have put into our public officials and education system. We want to strike a balance between the necessary oversight and the needed support of stakeholders and local education agencies to ensure the success and well-being of our students, teachers and administrators.
Doing its work effectively requires that the Committee identify and address influences over learning and behavior inside and outside of the classroom. This means maintaining a high level of accountability and transparency; promoting equity; ensuring quality resources and facilities; celebrating the victories of administrators, teachers, and students; and encouraging a high level of family and public engagement. The Committee also seeks to identify and address community issues that affect student behavior, attendance, performance, and general well-being.
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Latest updates from Chairperson Grosso and the Committee:
Today, Councilmember David Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, sent a letter to D.C. Public Schools Interim Chancellor Dr. Amanda Alexander with several questions in advance of the upcoming June 13, 2018 public oversight roundtable on graduation accountability. The purpose of the roundtable is to get an update from OSSE, DCPS, and PCSB on the implementation of Alvarez and Marsal’s recommendations on improving graduation accountability. The councilmember has given Chancellor Alexander until no later than close of business next Monday, May 21, to respond.
D.C. Public Schools has provided to Councilmember David Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, data he requested at the May 10 hearing on school attendance. At the hearing, Grosso requested from interim DCPS Chancellor the number of seniors who, but for their absences, would meet requirements for graduation. DCPS provided that data on May 11th, stating that 80 seniors, or 2.2 percent of the class of 2018 cohort, were not on track to graduate based solely on absences.
You can read the updated DCPS Graduation Report here.
Below is the DRAFT Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Education on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for Agencies Under Its Purview, pending certification from the Council Budget Office, as unanimously approved the Committee on May 4, 2018.
Councilmember Grosso, as chairperson of the Committee on Education, has sent pre-hearing questions to D.C. Public Schools, the Public Charter School Board, D.C. Public Library, the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, and the Deputy Mayor for Education as part of the annual FY2019 budget process. Responses to pre-hearing questions will be uploaded as they are received by the Committee on Education.
On March 13, 2018, the Committee on Education unanimously approved Councilmember Grosso's Student Fair Access to School Amendment Act of 2018 (originally introduced in November 2017 as the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017). The legislation limits out-of-school suspension of students in kindergarten through eighth grade to serious safety incidents and bans its utilization in high school for minor offenses. If exclusion becomes necessary, the bill protects a child's right to an education while they are off premises and requires a plan for the student to successfully return to the classroom.
Today, Councilmember Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, sent the following letter to D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson with followup questions to his testimony at the February 8, 2018 hearing on graduation rate accountability at D.C. schools.
Councilmember Grosso, as chairperson of the Committee on Education, has received responses from D.C. Public Schools, the Public Charter School Board, D.C. Public Library, the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, the Deputy Mayor for Education, and the Bully Prevention Task Force as part of the annual performance oversight process.
On January 16, the Office of the State Superintendent released an interim report, Analysis of Attendance and Graduation Outcomes at Public High Schools in DC. The Committee on Education invites the public to review the report and provide comments using the form on this page.