EDITOR'S NOTE: While this list is extensive, it is not complete and will continue to be updated. Know of any legislation that's not on this list? Let us know here.
- The council passed a bill that would fast-track the implementation of a measure to allow sports betting in the District of Columbia. If legalized, the revenues from D.C. sports betting would largely go to violence prevention and early-childhood education programs.
- The District of Columbia isn’t a state and, therefore, doesn’t have a state legislature. Its central policymaking body, the D.C. Council, is in charge of education policy. In order to become law, a bill proposed and approved by the D.C. Council must also be signed by the mayor and get approved by Congress.
- Since the city council held its first meeting of 2019 on Jan. 8, member Charles Allen, D-Ward 6, has proposed legislation that would boost transparency in the public school system in forcing it to disclose how it spends city funds, which are allocated on a per-student basis for those considered “at risk.” The bill would also give decision-making power to principals, rather than the schools chancellor who has it, in deciding how the money gets spent.
- Other education-related measures include a proposal, which most of the council supports, to increase language immersion schools and add seats to schools that have immersion programs.