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Ruth’s testimony on school budget and at-risk transparency, 6-26-19

Testimony of Ruth Wattenberg, June 26, 2016 Bills 23-0046 and 23-0239, on at-risk and school budget transparency Thank you Councilmembers for holding this important hearing. My name is Ruth Wattenberg, I am the Ward 3 member of the DC State Board of Education. Proper use and reporting of At Risk funds First and foremost, I …

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Our kids need us to institute robust, independent oversight for our schools

December 2017 The terrible, heartbreaking story about Ballou should remind all of us that when there is inadequate oversight of our educational institutions, the losers are our kids, especially those whose educational needs are the greatest and whose families have the least political power.    According to the WAMU report, most of the Ballou students who …

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Why we should change how we report PARCC scores: Innocent error shows how city test score reports can mislead… 

Oct 17, 2017 Sometimes an unintentional and innocent error helps us see a bigger problem.  This year, due to a coding error, all of the students at Deal Middle School were classified as “economically disadvantaged.”  Test scores are notoriously correlated with family income, with students from lower income homes scoring below those from more affluent …

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Thx for revised Wilson Budget; School report cards! Nov 5, 2017

November 5, Newsletter from Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3 Member, DC State Board of Education. Click to subscribe.  Please Circulate… __________________________________________   Wilson budget: Thanks to Chancellor Wilson and DCPS for restoring the staff positions cut this spring!      Anybody who reads this newsletter knows that I have been extremely critical of DC Public Schools (DCPS) …

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Wilson HS budget cut update (7/17)

Despite DC council vote to increase school funding and relieve staff cuts… Wilson HS still faces large staff cuts, with no apparent plan to restore them Email Mayor eom@dc.gov, Deputy Mayor for education dme@dc.gov, about unrelenting staff cuts at Wilson. ccruth4schools@yahoo.com.  Details below; scroll down for City Council addresses. Also, scroll down for information on: …

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