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New accountability plan is adopted by the State Board of Education

April 2017  Update: New accountability plan is adopted by the State Board of Education I’ve reported a number of times that the new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, gave every state a chance to change how it evaluates its schools. The law replaces the old No Child Left Behind Act, which required states (including …

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Education Budget is increased; new funds targeted for “restoring” staff and program cuts

More steps still necessary, but… Education Budget is increased; New funds targeted for “restoring” staff and program cuts                   The DC Council voted on May 30 to substantially raise the amount of money that will go to DC’s public schools this coming year.  An additional required vote on the budget will be taken on June 16. …

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Mayor’s below-inflation budget proposal is unsustainable for our schools

Sign the Petition/Email City Council View this email in your browser @ruth4schools ruth4schools.com ruth4schools@yahoo.com Please Circulate Mayor’s below-inflation budget proposal is unsustainable for our schools Unless the City Council intervenes in a big way, our schools will be badly hurt by the Mayor’s proposed education budget. This will be the third straight year in which …

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Mayor’s proposed education budget decreases real dollars for city’s schools 

April 23, 2017 Mayor’s proposed education budget decreases real dollars for city’s schools  City Working Group calls for 3.5% boost Proposed 1.5% education increase below inflation; will lead to staff/program cuts Alert: The City Council’s education committee will hold hearings on the DC Public Schools budget this Thursday, April 27, at 10AM and 5PM. To …

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Should DC rate its schools mainly on reading and math test scores? What the new fed’l law allows

Jan. 23, 2016 Newsletter Should DC rate its schools mainly on reading and math test scores? What the new fed’l law allows Also: Ward 3-Wilson Feeder Education Network Meetings: State Superintendent Hanseul Kang and W3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh to speak at next two Ed Network meetings/ Updates on Fillmore, Old Hardy School/ New network for …

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How much should test scores count in school ratings?

How Much on Test Scores? Tell the Board of Ed.  Contact me at ruth4schools@yahoo.com. Follow me @ruth4schools. ruth4schools.com. September 2, 2016 View this email in your browser A Better Way to Rate Schools? Testify before the State Board of Education Nov 16, 5:30pm. To Sign Up, email sboe@dc.gov           Currently, schools …

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Test Score Drop at Wilson and Walls—What Happened?

Test Score Drop at Wilson and Walls-What Happened (And what it says about the need for a chancellor that is committed to much greater responsiveness!) September 2, 2016 Contact me at ruth4schools@yahoo.com. Follow me @ruth4schools. ruth4schools.com. Why did scores drop so dramatically at Wilson and Walls? The release of PARCC (the annual test taken by …

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Aug 18: When will we see PARCC scores?, School readiness tours with CM Cheh, Issues for a new Chancellor

Follow me @ruth4schools contact me: ruth4schools@yahoo.com Welcome Back to School! I hope you had a great summer! I am Ward 3’s Member of the State Board of Education. I was elected in November 2014, am the parent of former(!) Janney/Deal/Wilson students, and work professionally in education policy. To subscribe to my newsletter, email ruth4schools@yahoo.com. When …

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July 1 Newsletter: Issues for a new chancellor/Accountability Survey/Cappie awards

Issues for a New Chancellor; Ellington/Wilson; Student Reps; School Evaluation Survey To get on my regular email list, write, ruth4schools@yahoo.com. Follow me at @ruth4schools. Chancellor Henderson to leave DCPS. What Next? Chancellor Henderson has announced that she will be leaving as of Oct.1. DCPS Chief of Schools John Davis will take over as interim superintendent …

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