Saturday, September 14, 2019

DC Education Activists in Studio – Education Town Hall Forum

DC Education Activists in Studio – Education Town Hall Forum


On Education Town Hall on Thursday September 12, we enjoyed hearing in studio from two activists in DC education—in the first half, a parent activist working on issues of sexual misconduct in our publicly funded schools and, in the second half, an activist addressing the inequity of after school opportunities for DC school kids.
Segment One, top of the hour
Segment Two, 36:20 —

Documenting and Reporting Sexual Misconduct

The first half of the show featured DCPS parent and Ward 6 Public School Parents Organization officer Danica Petroshius, who discussed her work in getting attention for the issue of sexual misconduct in our publicly funded schools, in the wake of reporting in June 2019 that an employee for a popular DC aftercare provider allegedly sexually abused a child at Capitol Hill Montessori.
Petroshius noted that right now in DC, there is little tracking of sexual misconduct in schools; very little publicly revealed; and compliance with laws for background checks is not thorough. She also noted that city education leaders have responded to queries about all of that in a piecemeal fashion. She noted that to ensure justice, the following needs to happen:
—All schools must comply with reporting requirements for sexual misconduct (all adults are mandated reporters);
—Comprehensive training for all adults in schools;
—Clear policies on victim support;
—Better data collection and dissemination; and
—Clear communication to the public about incidents
For more information, see the following:
Abuse Complaints (WUSA report)
Secret List (Coalition Request)
Sexual Assault Policy (EducationDC)
Petroshius also gave a plug for another school volunteer group she is part of” The Story of Our Schools, which works with students to complete research into their own schools and then present it to their school community in a permanent museum-quality exhibit. For more information, and to learn about their upcoming fundraiser, see Story of Our Schools.

First Segment 9-12-19
Valerie, Danica Petroshius,Thomas

Serve Your City

In studio for the second half, Maurice Cook, founder and executive director of local nonprofit CONTINUE READING: DC Education Activists in Studio – Education Town Hall Forum