August 20, 2018
It’s mid-August, but school is here! Even the weather seems to get it. At least for today, the heat has lifted slightly, making it feel a bit more like fall–and the rain looks like it may hold off!
In the past few weeks, I have visited every one of our Ward 3 schools–at Sneak Peaks, Day 1 drop-off/ pick-up–and on the back-to-school tours organized by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh every fall. On these tours, which include the Department of General Services folks responsible for substantial school repairs, we check to see that every toilet flushes, every toilet lid is secure, every light bulb works, every faucet is marked for lead-free tracking and that more serious issues–ceiling leaks, overgrown weeds, and broken locks–are all addressed before students arrive.
Here is a little of what I’ve seen, starting with my favorite: A deer jumping over the fence at Stoddert!
New school space for DC students?
What’s the city’s plan for making additional space available for growing/changing school enrollment? Creating such a plan is the job of the Deputy Mayor of Education. Interim deputy mayor Anna Smith will be speaking at the kick off meeting for the Ward 3-Wilson Education Network (W3EdNet) about the status of the Master Facilities Plan, which will lay out the plan, and other issues.
Monday, August 27
Interim Deputy Mayor Ahna Smith
Cleveland Park Library
The W3EdNet meets monthly. It connects parents, staff and advocates from Ward 3/Wilson feeder schools to each other and to guests from the city’s education world, giving parents and community members a chance to both hear from and talk to the city’s education leaders. Put its fall meetings on your calendar!
Monday, September 17: DC Auditor will update us on her office’s enrollment study (location TBD)
Monday, October 15, 7PM
Tuesday, November 13, 7PM
Monday, December 1, 7PM
You can follow W3EdNet on Facebook and @W3EdNet
Ideas for selecting a new DCPS Chancellor?
The Chancellor of DCPS resigned last February; since then, the schools have been run by Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander.
Under DC’s system of mayoral control, the authority for naming a new, permanent chancellor resides with the mayor. The mayor has named a committee to advise her on the selection, chaired by American University president Sylvia Burwell and former Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis. For background on the committee and its members, see this June article in the Washington Post and this one in City Paper. Here is a letter sent by W3 CM Mary Cheh to the mayor outlining ideas for a new Chancellor suggested by participants in a June W3EdNet forum on the topic.
The committee is holding two more community meetings to which residents are invited to come and share their priorities, views and advice with the Committee. Please join the discussion!
Tuesday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m.
at Savoy Elementary School
2400 Shannon Place, SE / RSVP
Tuesday, September 11,
at 6:30 p.m. at Brookland Middle School
1150 Michigan Avenue, NE / RSVP
The committee will also take input through an online survey, and a Facebook Live town hall. For up-to-date information on the committee’s work and the DCPS chancellor search, go to ourschools.dc.gov.