Children first? Maybe a close second to bricks and mortar. Officials at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs told us that D.C. laws govern the location of boarding schools as "dormitories." But they could find no laws addressing living conditions for children at boarding schools, including such things as space requirements or the number and qualifications of adult supervisors.
A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which issued SEED’s charter, said the board is empowered by law to oversee the school’s academic environment but not its living quarters. A spokesman for the District’s State Education Office said that agency, which falls under the mayor’s authority, also has no oversight duties involving boarding school conditions. We also contacted the offices of D.C. City Council members Kathy Patterson (who chairs the education committee), Jim Graham (consumer and regulatory affairs committee) and Adrian Fenty (human services committee) – but found no one with any knowledge of D.C. laws that regulate boarding schools.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
More from the Common Denominator
The editorial hits keep coming. This time the Common Denominator wonders who has oversight of the living conditions at the SEED boarding school.