WP reports on Dunbar High School

A couple of weeks ago I went to the parent-teacher’s meeting at Dunbar High School.  Leon Braddell, who is the PTSA president invited reps from BACA to try to get more community involvement with the school.  I have long wondered why the community isn’t more involved with the High School. It’s a block from my house and I know that I would like to know what is happening there.  I think it would be great if the students could get active in the community and if the community could get active in the school.  I was only at the meeting briefly but what I heard were parents who were relieved and appreciative of the new leadership at the school. They say there had been many positive changes.

The article below talks about tutoring that goes on 6 days a week at the school.  This would be a great way for the community maybe to get involved at the school.   Anyway, read on:

Troubled high schools in District prepare for citywide test
By Jay Mathews
Monday, March 29, 2010; B02
Five months after my first visit to Dunbar High School in the District, its new administrators appear to have made progress, but they say they have a long way to go. The security guards are more active in urging straggling students to get to class. Those who are frequently late must listen for an hour to an adult telling them why that has to stop.

Teachers are more comfortable, but they still worry about being evaluated partly on their students` scores on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests in one of the city`s lowest-performing schools, the administrators say. At least they teach more students than they did before. Daily attendance has increased from 67 percent to 79 percent.

Read the whole article here

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