Important Work Remains for DC’s Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force

Roughly 55% of DC public school students attend a DCPS school and 45% attend a public charter school. With such an even split between the two sectors, as well as ongoing issues related to mid-year mobility, school facilities, and the distribution of at-risk students, the city needs greater coordination between each side. The Mayor’s Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force aims to…

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DC Auditor Recommends Better Internal Controls for School Modernization Program

The Office of the D.C. Auditor (ODCA) released its annual report this week on the city’s school modernization program as managed by the Department of General Services (DGS). The auditor found that DGS cannot prove that it complies with the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which requires contractors to pay prevailing wages on all federal and District construction projects totaling over $2,000….

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Restore Equity in DCPS Modernizations

If yesterday’s proposals for school modernization in the 2018 budget recommendations from the Education Committee  last through today’s mark-up (see page 34), DCPS’ Eaton Elementary in Ward 3 will abruptly cut the line.  It will move in front of 12 other schools from a start in 2023, to 2018 – – 6 years earlier. Eaton will be finished with its modernization in…

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9,524 Open Seats in Wards 7 & 8

In Ward 7, there are now 6,484 students in DC charter schools and 5,648 students in DCPS schools, 836 more students in charters than in DCPS schools.  DCPS calculates its building capacity in Ward 7 schools at 8,300 seats; charter LEA capacity is reported at 7,716 seats. With 2016-17 enrollment, there currently are about 3,884 open seats in Ward 7….

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Mayor Bowser Cuts the Ribbon on DCPS’s Modernized Lafayette Elementary School

A virtually re-built Lafayette Elementary School opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting celebration on the second day of school, as hundreds of parents, students and community members looked on. For photos of the ribbon-cutting event and the on-going construction go to 21CSF Facebook. We look forward to community tours of the new facility later this year. Lafayette (Ward 4, 5701…

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DCPS Opens Roosevelt High School – Completely Modernized and Transformed

Mayor Muriel Bowser and a team of local dignitaries cut the ribbon Friday, August 19th, 2016 on the totally transformed Roosevelt High School in the heart of Petworth (Photographs can be seen at 21csf’s Facebook page). Scores of alumni and neighbors, as well as representatives from the architects, project managers and contractors, cheered from the school’s neo-colonial portico on 13th…

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Best-Practice Video: Energy and Environmental-Management Planning for School Districts

In partnership with the Education Facilities Clearinghouse and the National Council on School Facilities, the 21st Century School Fund has released a best practice video on energy and environmental-management planning for school districts. The video is presented by Bob Gorrell, the Executive Director of the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority and a past president of the National Council on…

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DC Legislation Aims to Ensure Objective Priorities for DCPS School Modernizations

The District of Columbia’s $3.7 billion initiative to modernize all DCPS school buildings, which began in the late 1990s, has not equitably allocated its school construction funding.  Schools in more affluent areas have had far greater investment than those in less economically privileged neighborhoods.  This problem is illustrated below, in the comparison of the lifetime budgets (FY1998 to FY2021) by…

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D.C. Auditor Releases Report on Duke Ellington High School’s Modernization Costs

May 31, 2016, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor released a report on the DC Department of General Services management of the modernization of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The Auditor found that the cost of the modernization project grew from $71 million to $178 million without a comprehensive review by the D.C. Council—the decision making…

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Mapping DC Capital Spending for Public School Facilities

21CSF examined actual and planned capital authorization for DCPS and public charter schools for the fiscal years 1998 through 2021. We partnered in this effort with a handful of generous and skilled free-lance volunteer coders from Code for DC to bring this data and information to the public on a webpage, For Generations to Come. The Code for DC volunteers…

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