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Friday, July 21, 2006

Separating the LEA from the SEA

Somebody is finally coming to their senses and trying to take state education functions away from the local education authority, the District of Columbia Public Schools. (WaPo: Board Might Be Stripped of Some Roles). The article mentions charges of incompetence on the part of DCPS, but that's not even the best reason. The issue is conflict of interest. Why should the DCPS Board be entrusted with managing federal programs like charter school assistance? It should be vested with the "state" government, which has jurisdiction over traditional public as well as charter and private school regulation.

Unfortunately, it had to be a Senate committee where someone has taken some action. What's wrong with this picture? Congressional overlords are doing the work that DC's legislature (the City Council) should have done long ago.

Having a stronger SEO is not a silver bullet. We still have to hold that office accountable. In a few months we will elect a new Mayor, and that is the person who must keep a close eye on the SEO with its new expanded powers and be accountable to the people who elect him or her.

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