During a recent legislative session, the D.C. Council unanimously approved the consolidation of its Committee on Education into the Committee of the Whole, where issues concerning the District’s public and public charter schools will share space with a bevy of other topics.
Despite pushback among some constituents in the weeks preceding the vote, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) described his recommendation as one that would better allow him and his colleagues to scrutinize instruction of nearly 100,000 K-12 students.
“I want to use oversight to press the public schools to move faster and further in closing the achievement gap and ensuring quality schools throughout the city, not just in certain neighborhoods,” Mendelson told The Informer.
Mendelson later outlined issues he would focus his attention on during upcoming oversight hearings, including D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee’s reopening plan and what he described as the school system’s abnormally high teacher turnover rate.
“It’s quite possible that my colleagues have a number of bills in their mind, but I’m convinced that improving education is a function of the classroom,” Mendelson said. “We don’t need to pass a law to suddenly get better teaching. We need to ensure we have better teachers, and
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