Opting for Hope as DC Schools Prepare for New Chancellor

Version 2How are teachers, parents, and other community members greeting the appointment of a new DC Public Schools Chancellor? Suzanne Wells of Capitol Hills Public School Parents Organization (CHPSPO) and Elizabeth Davis of the Washington Teachers Union (WTULocal6) lead the discussion on the Education Town Hall. The teachers union and community members continue to object to the lack of transparency — and, according to Davis, the basic legality — in the procedure Mayor Bowser used to appoint Antwan Wilson to the position. While Davis and Wells each expressed concerns about some elements in the new appointee’s experience, both  stressed hope for the future.

Conversation began with some overview of the mayoral control of DC Public Schools, now in the 9th year of a 5-year experiment, and also touched on current negotiations for teachers, who have not received a pay-raise in five years while housing and other costs in the DC area continue to rise.

Listen here —

Show begins about 1 minute into the recording.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
on We Act Radio.
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Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

The Education Town Hall BUS — organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March — is a monthly program, regularly airing on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Today’s feature report: DC Schools “Playing for Change”

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