D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh has called for a new education data office, saying “We have been getting bad information — some of it just false, some of it misleading, some of it incomplete, and we can’t get a handle on what to do if we don’t know what’s happening.” A new staff in the office of the legislative auditor, guided by a 16-member advisory board, could begin as early as this fall to take stock of the city’s education system and its data, under a bill introduced April 10 by Cheh (D-Ward 3) and eight cosponsors.
The D.C. Open Government Coalition testified Friday (13) against proposed budget cuts for the Office of Open Government and in favor of a separate board of directors -- steps to "stop this dramatic, rapid weakening of a vitally important transparency institution in the District." OGC Government Affairs chair Bob Becker reviewed multiple problems with the current oversight provided by the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability but only the budget came up in questions, and that only briefly. The hearing was before the Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety chaired by Charles Allen (D-Ward 6). Outgoing open government director Traci Hughes was at the witness table but got no goodbye; she did not testify and was asked no questions.