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Grosso sends questions on graduation accountability to DCPS Chancellor

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.

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DCPS provides data following hearing on attendance

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.

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FY2019 Budget Questions and Responses

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.

You can find the Committee's questions and agencies responses here.

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Student Fair Access to School Amendment Act of 2018

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.

Read the approved committee print of the legislation and committee report.

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Grosso applauds tentative new teacher contract

Washington, D.C. – Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, released the following statement on the announcement of a tentative contract between the Washington Teachers’ Union and D.C. Public Schools:

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