Dr. Perry’s Pragmatic Priorities

Every adviser told me to cut the issues I discuss herein to three. Here’s the problem, our students' success won’t be guaranteed by minimizing solutions to fit political talking points. So, I ignored that advice.

Student Investment

Issues

DCPS sets per pupil expenditures for academic subjects.  Principals should not have the authority to redirect funds to other needs.

Budget Transparency

Issues

With over a billion dollars annually, DC residents must be able to track every dollar, every day in real-time.

Shared Standards for Public Schools and Public Charter Schools

Issues

Every DC student matters.  We are a community; not merely a collection of residents.  I will work to ensure every school is held to the same rigorous standard.  

Advanced Placement and English Language Learners

Issues

Every student in every school where grade-appropriate ought to have opportunities to enroll in AP courses.  All students, especially ELL students, should be directly encouraged to enroll with targeted appeals that speak to their interests.

Parent Engagement Incentives

Issues

Studies show that parents of students in lower grade levels are more active in their children’s student experience.  Parents of upper level students need incentives to engage.  If parents can’t make physical parent/teacher conferences with their child’s teacher, then teachers can inform parents of their student’s progress in recorded messages with read receipts so we can track parent involvement.

High School Graduation Formula and Related Analytics

Issues

Currently, schools seem to be responsible for tracking students’ matriculation through different schools.  This responsibility should be left to OSSE.  DC families deserve data that is accurate, not manipulated for political advantage.  We should also ensure the dollar amount attached to the student ‘travels’ with them as they go from school to school.  (We should also be minimizing student school transfers to the extent possible; studies show stability encourages improved learning outcomes).

Special Education and Disability Services

Issues

Equity is a value statement about the intrinsic worth of every human being. Without the full support needed to thrive, we are each complicit in leaving these students behind. My faith tells me that is unacceptable.

Resource Allocation and Distribution

Issues

I believe in educational equity with every fiber of my being.  But, what does that even mean?  Equality and Equity are not the same even though our students wholeheartedly deserve both each and every day at the minimum because every single student has intrinsic value.  Indeed, budgetary resources must be targeted to the areas of most need; this means not every school will get the same amount.  Equity does not mean financial parity.  By equity, I mean each and every student and every teacher and staff member has the highest probability of upward mobility through the learning resources and professional development tools provided on a regular basis. 

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