- Graham to hold off on calling for Gray’s resignation
- Universities Reshaping Education on the Web
- More DC special-ed students attending public schools
- DCFPI Recommendations on Transparency in Public Education
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has convinced another council member to hold off on calling for his resignation in the aftermath of reports last week that the mayor benefited from a $653,000 “shadow campaign” during his 2010 bid for office. After effort was revealed publicly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office last week, D.C. Council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and David A. Catania (I-At large) all called on Gray to resign.
Universities Reshaping Education on the Web
Major universities are joining Stanford, Princeton and others to expand Coursera, a venture that offers free massive open online courses, or MOCCs.
The number of D.C. special-education students who are sent to private institutions at taxpayer expense because they can’t be adequately served in public schools has fallen about 20 percent since early 2011, officials say.The trend has saved money and reduced segregation of kids with disabilities, but has raised concerns that students are being pushed into city schools that aren’t equipped to handle their needs.
Today, DCFPI education analyst Soumya Bhat testified at an education roundtable. Here are her remarks:
I am here today to ask the Council to renew its commitment to improving the transparency of public education funding in the District of Columbia and to provide some suggestions on how to do this. A transparent education budget — one that provides accurate, clear, and timely information — is critical to allowing the DC Council to fulfill its agency oversight functions, and to empowering parents and other residents to hold public officials accountable for the delivery of public services.