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Testimony of Shana Bartley, DHCF Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia March 8, 2017 Good morning Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Please accept my written testimony as it reviews the performance of the...

Middle schools are "the weakest link"

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has staked out middle school reform as his turf. Today he convened a "roundtable" style public hearing to learn more about what's going wrong in the middle grades -- 6, 7 and 8 -- and what can be done to turn them around. DC Action Executive Director HyeSook Chung testified that the middle grades are...

A bill worthy of Brishell

I had a very unique opportunity during last week’s D.C. Council hearing on the “South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2011.” I sat next to Ms. Nardyne Jeffries, the mother of one of the young shooting victims whose tragic death inspired the bill. As she told her painful story, she was moved to tears, and so was I. Unfortunately,...