Staying the course and making it to the finish line, for now…

Ten months ago I was honored to be appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, to be a part of the Advisory Committee for the Student Assignment and School Boundary Review Process. This committee was tasked to work in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education on revising the student assignment policies and school boundaries for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). It was truly a pleasure to work closely with a very representative and diverse group of individuals in an effort to undertake a process that had not been attempted in more than 40 years.

Today we released our final recommendations, which were promptly accepted, in their entirety, by Mayor Gray.

This was a long haul, and a very heavy lift, but it was absolutely worth the journey.  No, this process was not perfect – no process ever is but I am extremely proud of the work that was done. I am proud that this work was not done in isolation – the level of community engagement and feedback that was a part of this process is something that should continue to be built on as we move forward in our education reform efforts in the District.

Final Recommendations 

Final Recommendations on Student Assignment Policies & DCPS School Boundaries

Advisory Committee Press Release

Data Appendix for the Recommendations

Mayor Gray’s Response Letter to the Committee and Press Release

Media Coverage of the Final Recommendations Release

Who’s Affected by the Student Assignment Changes – Washington City Paper

Gray Adopts Changes to DC School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns – WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

DC Mayor Gray adopts new school boundary recommendations and article update – The Washington Post

DC Mayor accepts updated school boundaries – WUSA Channel 9

Gray Accepts New School Boundaries, Feeder Patterns – The DCist


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