It's not clear what the witnesses will talk about at the hearing though I don't expect anything new since many of the individuals are frequent witnesses who talk about similar issues.
In advance of the hearing, here is some preparatory reading. At a minimum, read the first two.
- Students Caught in Cycle Of Classroom Failures (1997)
- Truancy prevention absent in schools, Chavous charges (1998)
- DC Youth Development Strategy FY 06 Annual Report
- D.C. could limit hours on student transit passes by Kytja Weir in The Washington Examiner
The special committee, created by legislation (PDF) at the beginning of CP19, is charged with examining the "current state of safety in the District of Columbia Public Schools and public charter schools" and making "recommendations to the Council to ensure a supportive, safe learning environment for all public schools students."