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Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Testimony of Erica Dean, Research and Data Manager DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 26, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. My name is Erica Dean, and I am the Research...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Department of Health

Yesterday, we testified during the FY17 Agency Budget Hearing for the Department of Health on the importance of perinatal and school health. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia...

OSSE’s budget robs the cradle

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. This was after the agency held a public briefing session for advocates and providers on to answer questions about its budget. Unfortunately, very few of our questions were answered in either of these public forums. (Read our testimony .) OSSE’s...

Duncan warns we can't afford to cut early education

Every year, about this time, a season rolls around that inevitably stirs up some controversy. No, it isn’t spring: its budget season. With deep cuts being proposed left and right, one can’t help but to wince when they hear the most important aspect of our children’s future is on the line yet again: education. So, with such a big emphasis...

The good and the bad news on the federal budget

I'll start with the good news.... Yesterday, President Obama released his budget proposal for 2012, keeping his promise to freeze non-security-related domestic spending for the next five years. The good news is the downsized budget still manages to include more funding for vulnerable children and families, including necessary investments in early education, including $350 million for the Early Learning Challenge...

Making the case for subsidized child care

Petula Dvorak wrote an excellent column in today's Washington Post that makes a compelling case for why the city must continue to invest in subsidized child care for low-income families, particularly young, single mothers. Without child care, the women she profiles would not be able to work and support their children. And as Dvorak points out, even women with higher...

A thin silver lining in D.C. budget

There was no one celebrating Tuesday when the D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a budget to fill the city's $188 million gap. Funding for critical safety-net programs was slashed, including basic income assistance to thousands of families with children. We had to look hard to find it, but there was a silver lining. Thanks to your calls and emails...

New locations for town hall meetings

By now you've probably heard about the town hall meetings that Chairman Gray is holding in every ward in an effort to unite the city following the divisive primary. I am planning to attend the one tonight in Ward 7 and just received this notice yesterday that the locations for the remaining town halls have changed. (Thanks, Fair Budget Coalition...