Smith will oversee the recently re-established Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, responsible for responding to concerns and resolving complaints, disputes, and problems faced by students and their families in District of Columbia public and public charter schools. As a clearinghouse for addressing concerns, the Ombudsman’s office also will report on trends in issues and complaints, thus helping to improve the delivery of educational services and informing policy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Information about the entire day: biketoworkmetrodc.org.
Monday, April 14, 2014
My proposal is to embrace evaluation across the government and government-funded services. Before adding or subtracting more money, let's look at what works. Some of this is already being done. One City Summer Initiative, which has morphed into One City Youth, is all about evaluation. Take a look at the evaluations of One City Summer Initiative.
And before you jump all over me, this is not directed at a particular candidate or set of proposals. This is based on years of work in public policy in DC. And understanding that it's easy to criticize without having all the information.
All I'm suggesting is that we work smarter based on agreed-upon outcomes and evaluation tools.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is holding a mandatory training for new new and returning sponsors for the 2014 program Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.
On the agenda are updates from USDA, a review of site eligibility, site monitoring requirements, and much more.
More information about the training is on the OSSE website in the events calendar item 2014 DC Free Summer Meals Program Sponsor Training.
Not sure being a sponsor is right for your organization? Contact Elisabeth Sweeting at (202) 724-7628 (office), (202) 368-3009 (cell), or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For immediate response, contact Norma Birckhead at (202) 442-4010.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Neither article actually concerns the feds dumping on DC. Rather, they are about whether the DC government must comply with the Home Rule Act (PDF) or the voters' decision to support budget autonomy via referendum.
The letters from Mayor Vince Gray, CFO Jeff DeWitt, and AG Irv Nathan are below.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The screenshot shows about one-third of the Tweets associated with #dcfy15. And while the people tweeting have fairly good reach across the city, I was most surprised that so few advocates (individuals and organizations) were using Twitter to share information and ask questions. The illustration below was generated using Tweet Binder. You can see how few people are using Twitter for #dcfy15 advocacy, information-sharing, information-seeking, and the like. This is in sharp contrast to Twitter traffic last year, at least as I recall the activity. I understand we are only one week into the #dcfy15 budget, so I'm not expecting a huge quantity of Tweets, but ones from more people.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
To read more by Katz, go to his page on the Harvard website.