SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-21-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out this week’s can’t-miss events and education news in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
D.C. Council members look to curtail mayor’s control of city schools | Washington Post (Ruth)

Unionists elected to political office busy getting more unionists to run | People’s World (Ruth)

Parents, stakeholders still feel distrust in DCPS as search for chancellor and DME continues at town hall (Laura)

ESSA TASK FORCE
– September Monthly Meeting Video Recording
– September Meeting Twitter Thread
– September Meeting Presentation Slides

SCHOOL REPORT CARD
– OSSE’s Draft Report Card Mock-up (Presented to ESSA Task Force September 11)
– OSSE 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
– OSSE School Report Card Site

DC NEWS
Mayor Bowser alters panel that selects schools chief amid parents’ lawsuit | Washington Post
Facing a court battle, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) moved this week to alter the composition of the panel advising her on finding a schools chief — a decision that underscores the high stakes involved with installing a chancellor.

Thousands of additional students expected in public schools by 2026, new report says | DC Line
DC’s public school system has been plastered across scandal-driven headlines the past year, with city officials dealing with leadership turmoil, subpar graduation returns and allegations of attendance fraud. And, despite ongoing capacity challenges in parts of DC, education officials will likely have to find a way manage substantial enrollment growth over the next decade, according to a new report from the D.C. Policy Center.

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SBOE Submits Student-focused Recommendations on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Today, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE), including the Student Representatives and Student Advisory Committee, urged Mayor Muriel Bowser to make certain that any candidate for chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) possess at least six qualities. Many of the SBOE recommended qualities have been echoed in community forums and meetings across the District. The SBOE wants every student to be valued and have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens.

The summary of recommended qualities for the mayor to consider when selecting the next chancellor was sent in a letter to Bowser this morning. The selected candidate must be insightful and proactive, committed to analyzing and sharing data with the public, committed to incorporating public trust from families, willing to innovate, capable and committed to championing DCPS, and focused on building relationships and rebuilding trust.

The State Board looks forward to  working alongside the Interim Deputy Mayor for Education and the Our Schools Leadership Committee as they work on synthesizing findings and recommendations prior to the selection.

SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-15-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Take a look at our weekly rundown of the top education news and events here in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Two State Board of Education incumbents face challengers, with three-way races for two open seats | DC Line (Ruth, Joe)

DCPS chancellor search continues with last of three community forums tonight | DC Line (Joe)

SEEKING HEALTHIER SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS IN DC’S WARD 6: 9/13 ED TOWN HALL | We Act Radio (Joe)

SBOE ESSA TASK FORCE
September Monthly Meeting
September Meeting Twitter Thread
September Meeting Presentation Slides

SCHOOL REPORT CARD
OSSE’s Draft Report Card Mock-up (Presented to ESSA Task Force on Tuesday)
OSSE 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
OSSE School Report Card Site

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-08-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out our rundown of the latest news here in the District and nationwide.

SBOE IN THE NEWS
DC parents demanding answers of why kids are attending class near demolition site | (Joe)
FAKING THE GRADE: DCPS principals unhappy and uncertain | (Joe)
Parents, Community Weigh in on D.C. Schools Chancellor Pick | (Tatiana)

NATIONAL NEWS
Baltimore schools step up efforts to recruit, retain black teachers | WaPO
In a district where African American children made up about 80 percent of the student body last year, only about 40 percent of its roughly 4,900 teachers were black.

California’s first computer science standards set for approval | EdSurge
The State Board of Education is expected to adopt California’s first-ever computer science standards Thursday afternoon. The standards, while not mandatory, are expected to increase the number of computer science classes taught in California classrooms

The Pursuit of Equity | Bethesda Magazine
In a county that is growing more racially and economically diverse, MCPS is facing the challenge of ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students.

1 in 7 Students Found to Be ‘Chronically Absent,’ Report Finds | EdWeek
As schools prepare to face increased accountability for bringing down rates of chronic student absenteeism, a new report reveals the scale of the task. Nationwide, about 1 in 7 students was chronically absent, missing at least 15 school days during the 2015-16 year, according to an analysis of the most recent federal data that was released last week by the reseach-and-advocacy groups Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.

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On the Agenda: DME Update on DCPS Chancellor Search

DME Briefs SBOE on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

At this month’s working session held this past Wednesday, Interim Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Ahnna Smith spoke to State Board members about the ongoing search for the new District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor. Mayor Bowser launched the search process earlier this summer, appointing the Our Schools Leadership Committee (OSLC) to advise her on the selection and hold community meetings to gather information from residents. Deputy Mayor Smith shared feedback from the recently conducted Chancellor search community forums and asked State Board members for their thoughts on the process and the qualities needed in a successful Chancellor candidate. The goal of the OSLC is to serve as an advisory body that ensures that the feedback the mayor receives from the community is collected in a balanced, thorough, and equitable way. You can watch the lively discussion on our YouTube page.

Two out of the three scheduled forums have already taken place, at Cardozo Education Campus and Savoy Elementary School. Ms. Smith said that approximately 300 diverse stakeholders of students, parents, educators, and community members registered to attend the two events, and there are over 100 RSVPs for next week’s third and final forum at Brookland Middle School on September 11. During these community forums, people are being asked directly about how they feel about the current direction of DCPS, both positive and negative. The goal is to receive direct and frank feedback in order to make the best choice possible.

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