ERIC Number: ED500501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-14
Reference Count: N/A
District of Columbia Public Schools: While Early Reform Efforts Tackle Critical Management Issues, a District-Wide Strategic Education Plan Would Help Guide Long-Term Efforts. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate. GAO-08-549T
Ashby, Cornelia M.
Government Accountability Office
In response to long-standing problems with student academic performance, the condition of school facilities, and the overall management of the D.C. public school system, the D.C. Council approved the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007 (Reform Act). The Reform Act made major changes to the operations and governance of the D.C. public school system, giving the Mayor authority over public schools, including curricula, personnel, and school facilities. While other large urban districts have transferred governance of schools to their mayors, D.C. is unique because it functions as both local and state offices for many education responsibilities. The US Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) testimony focuses on: (1) the status of the District's efforts to reform its public school system; and (2) what the District has done to establish accountability for these efforts. To address these issues GAO reviewed documents, interviewed District education officials and interviewed principals from nine D.C. public schools. To sustain D.C.'s efforts to transform its public school system, GAO recommends that the D.C. Department of Education develop a long-term districtwide education strategic plan. In response, the District supported the need for a strategy, but preferred a formal process rather than a written document to coordinate and sustain its efforts. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 28 footnotes.) [This report was published by the United States Government Accountability Office.]
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Public Schools, Educational Change, Educational Facilities, School Restructuring, School District Autonomy, Politics of Education, Educational Planning, Educational Administration, Research Reports, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Development, Educational Indicators
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States