Testimony on the Stop Discrimination with Algorithms Act of 2021

Testimony on the Stop Discrimination with Algorithms Act of 2021

As drafted, the regulatory requirements of this bill would create uncertainty and a regulatory burden on a large number of D.C. businesses, including businesses or organizations whose area of work is completely disconnected from algorithms and other scoring mechanisms.

Testimony to D.C. SBOE on ESSER funds and the future of school finance in the District

Testimony to D.C. SBOE on ESSER funds and the future of school finance in the District

The three rounds of ESSER funding mean $540 million allocated to schools to be spent by the end of fiscal year 2024 (September 30, 2024). This means approximately $1,307 in additional funding per student across five school years between 2019-20 and 2023-24 for the 48 LEAs receiving ESSER funds, assuming constant enrollment from last school year. ESSER funds are therefore about 10 percent the size of the foundation level of funding per pupil for school year 2022-23, making it important to take stock of how these funds are spent along the way and what may happen when funds expire.

Testimony on the Schools First in Budgeting Amendment Act of 2021

Testimony on the Schools First in Budgeting Amendment Act of 2021

Three of the concerns we expressed in January – implementing an inflationary adjustment in a high inflation year, baking the existing inequities into the system, and basing calculations on proposed budgets and not actual spending — remain under this staff draft. We also have two additional concerns, related to new language and stemming from new information.

Testimony on Bill 24-0712, the “Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022”

Testimony on Bill 24-0712, the “Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022”

In contrast to its stated intent, the bill may reduce opportunities for the most vulnerable workers. Little is known about the demographics and number of domestic workers in the District, and the bill does not examine the impact employment agreements will have on workers. By formalizing employment agreements, the bill may close doors to workers whose immigration status cannot be verified.

Testimony on the Confirmation Resolution of Glen M. Lee: What fiscal picture is awaiting the new CFO?

Testimony on the Confirmation Resolution of Glen M. Lee: What fiscal picture is awaiting the new CFO?

Good morning, Chairman McDuffie and members of the Committee. My name is Yesim Sayin, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong, competitive, and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia.  As we welcome a new CFO to the city,…

FY23 Budget Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole (Education Agencies)

FY23 Budget Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole (Education Agencies)

The FY23 budget includes substantial investments in academics, with a historic increase of 5.87 percent to the UPSFF foundation level and $14 million for high impact tutoring, among others. These resources intended to boost learning outcomes are essential for success in school year 2022-23, but there is a need to focus more on the expected results. OSSE’s Annual Performance Plan has FY22 targets of 43.2 percent of students being college and career ready in English Language Arts (ELA) and 40.1 percent in Math, which indicate an increase of 6.2 percentage points in ELA and 9.1 percentage points in Math from 2018-19.

Testimony for Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole – Education Agencies

Testimony for Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole – Education Agencies

Likely because of the economic impacts of the pandemic, there was an increase in the percentage of students designated as at-risk to 45 percent, two percentage points higher than the previous year (see Figure 1). This was mostly driven by an increase in the number of students who were eligible for SNAP – the numbers of students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or overage decreased.

State Board of Education testimony on COVID recovery data collection

State Board of Education testimony on COVID recovery data collection

One of the biggest changes in school year 2020-21 was that there was likely less instructional time and less content covered. At the start of the school year, 99 percent of students were learning virtually for five days a week (many with one day of asynchronous learning), and 79 percent of students were still doing so by the year’s end.

D.C. Council testimony on Bill 24-301, the “Business and Entrepreneurship Support to Thrive (BEST) Amendment Act of 2021”

D.C. Council testimony on Bill 24-301, the “Business and Entrepreneurship Support to Thrive (BEST) Amendment Act of 2021”

The BEST Amendment Act would greatly simplify the steps businesses will need to take in order to obtain the licenses necessary to operate a business in the District of Columbia. There are costs to today’s complicated system, which may be impairing entrepreneurial success without any discernible public benefits. This reform is much needed to improve business conditions in the District.

D.C. Council testimony on school budget bills 24-570 and 24-571

D.C. Council testimony on school budget bills 24-570 and 24-571

Bill 24-571, “The Schools Full Budgeting Amendment Act of 2021” aims to prove schools budget stability by ensuring that schools will have at least the same budget as they got in the previous year unless the school loses a grade level, is poised for closure or must absorb students from a school poised for closure, or there is a systemwide shock that reduces total DCPS formula funding by more than 5 percent.

State Board of Education testimony on SR20-11: Resolution on Improving the STAR Framework

State Board of Education testimony on SR20-11: Resolution on Improving the STAR Framework

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the public meeting of the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) on SR20-11: State Board of Education Resolution On Improving the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework.

Testimony on office to residential conversions before the D.C. Council Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

Testimony on office to residential conversions before the D.C. Council Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

Good morning, Councilmember Allen, Councilmember Gray, and the members of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you for the…

Education testimony by Chelsea Coffin at the FY2022 D.C. Council budget oversight hearing

Education testimony by Chelsea Coffin at the FY2022 D.C. Council budget oversight hearing

On June 3, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the Committee of the Whole Public Oversight Hearing on education, addressing what the budget means for students who are designated at-risk. You can read her testimony below or download a PDF version here.  Good morning, Chairman Mendelson…

Testimony at Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery & Committee of the Whole Joint Public Oversight Hearing

Testimony at Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery & Committee of the Whole Joint Public Oversight Hearing

On May 26, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery & Committee of the Whole Joint Public Oversight Hearing, addressing learning gaps and ensuring that students’ mental and physical health needs are met. You can read her testimony below or…

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on tax policy through a racial equity lens

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on tax policy through a racial equity lens

Good morning, Councilmember McDuffie, and the members of the Committee on Business and Economic Development My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you…

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on transitioning out of the public health emergency

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on transitioning out of the public health emergency

On May 21, 2021, D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director Yesim Sayin testified before the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery to share ideas on how the District can gradually transition out of the public emergency and wind down safety net supports in the least disruptive ways. You can read her testimony below…

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin on pandemic distance learning at D.C. SBOE

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin on pandemic distance learning at D.C. SBOE

On March 17, 2021, Chelsea Coffin, Director of the Education Policy Initiative, testified before the District’s State Board of Education (SBOE) regarding distance learning during the pandemic. You can read her testimony below, and download it as a PDF. Good evening, Members of the State Board of Education. My name is Chelsea…

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin regarding education agencies at the D.C. Council oversight hearing

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin regarding education agencies at the D.C. Council oversight hearing

Good morning, Chairperson Mendelson and members of the Committee of the Whole. My name is Chelsea Coffin and I am the Director of the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, where our education research focuses on how schools connect to broader dynamics in the District of Columbia. The pandemic put…

Testimony on B23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020

Testimony on B23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020

Good morning, Chairwoman Bonds and members of the Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I…

Testimony of Emilia Calma on the “Sense of the Council to Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis” (Resolution 23-0990)

Testimony of Emilia Calma on the “Sense of the Council to Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis” (Resolution 23-0990)

Good evening, Chairman Gray and members of the Committee on Health. My name is Emilia Calma and I am the Director of Research and Policy for the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank…

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on the Tax Revision Commission Reestablishment Amendment Act of 2019

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on the Tax Revision Commission Reestablishment Amendment Act of 2019

Good morning, Chairman Mendelson and members of the Committee of the Whole. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you…

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on rent control before the DC Council Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on rent control before the DC Council Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization

Good morning, Chairwoman Bonds and members of the Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I…

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020

On July 31, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on B23-0717, the Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020. Download this testimony.

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Critical Risk Rate School Funding Designation Act of 2019

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Critical Risk Rate School Funding Designation Act of 2019

On March 10, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on the Critical Risk Rate School Funding Designation Act of 2019. Download this testimony.

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin, D.C. SBOE Public Meeting

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin, D.C. SBOE Public Meeting

On February 26, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the D.C. State Board of Education at a public meeting. You can read her testimony below, and download it as a PDF. Good evening, members of the State Board of Education. My name is Chelsea…

Testimony on the “Removing Barriers to Occupational Licensing for Returning Citizens Amendment Act of 2019”

Testimony on the “Removing Barriers to Occupational Licensing for Returning Citizens Amendment Act of 2019”

Good morning, Chairman Allen and members of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, non-partisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia….

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on schools that level the playing field for at-risk students

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on schools that level the playing field for at-risk students

On November 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center article, “Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students”

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019

On November 13, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on B23-433: the “Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019” before the D.C. Council Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. Download this testimony.

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019

On November 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on B23-404, B23-439, B23-438, and B23-432: the “Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019” (and related bills) before the D.C. Council Committee on Business & Economic Development. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center publication, 2019…

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Master Facilities Plan Approval Resolution of 2019

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Master Facilities Plan Approval Resolution of 2019

On June 5, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified on PR23-0193, The “Master Facilities Plan Approval Resolution of 2019” before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center essay “Enrollment still expected to increase…

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal

On April 26, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the District of Columbia before the Committee of the Whole. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center essay “The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is a Harbinger of…

Testimony on the “Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019”

Testimony on the “Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019”

On April 25, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr testified on B23-0038, “Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019,” before the Committee on Government Operations. BILL SUMMARY – As introduced it requires the Office of Human Rights and the Department of Human Resources to develop and provide…

Testimony on the “Access to Public Benefits Amendment Act of 2019”

Testimony on the “Access to Public Benefits Amendment Act of 2019”

On April 24, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr testified on B23-0097, “Access to Public Benefits Amendment Act of 2019,” before the Committee on Human Services. BILL SUMMARY – As introduced it extends the opt out from denying TANF benefits to certain drug felons to other locally-funded public…

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Taylor on Confirmation of State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Taylor on Confirmation of State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang

On March 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on the “State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang Confirmation Resolution of 2019.”  Read her testimony here.

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

On February 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee of the Whole on “The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: What Issues Should the Committee Pursue?” On January 22, Chairman Mendelson, together with nine other members of the D.C. Council, reintroduced the Department of Buildings…

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (Bill 22-904)

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (Bill 22-904)

On October 29, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee on Business and Economic Development on Bill 22-904, the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018. The District is considering legislation to expand its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS requirements) so that 100 percent of…

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the “Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018”

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the “Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018”

The District is considering legislation to expand its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS requirements) so that 100 percent of all electricity will come from renewable energy sources by 2032. The bill will also limit the ways in which suppliers can comply with the RPS. In 2017, the estimated demand in DC for…

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony on the repeal of Initiative 77

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony on the repeal of Initiative 77

As the Council is considering to repeal Initiative 77, organizations supporting this initiative are putting out a lot of analysis to buttress their claims.  One such report published last week received a lot of coverage and attention. But the study fails to meet the standard tests of reliability, and its findings should be ignored. Executive…

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony at the Public Hearing on Bill 22-776, District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony at the Public Hearing on Bill 22-776, District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin is giving testimony on July 13, 2018 at the public hearing on Bill 22-776, District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018, in the D.C. Council. Read the testimony here.

Testimony on the Opioid Abuse Prevention Amendment Act of 2018

Testimony on the Opioid Abuse Prevention Amendment Act of 2018

Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr provided testimony on February 12, 2018 about the “Opioid Abuse Prevention Amendment Act of 2018” in the D.C. Council. Read the testimony here.   More: Confronting the opioid—and fentanyl—crisis in the District

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony on the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony on the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin is giving testimony on January 30, 2018 about the “Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017” in the D.C. Council. Read the testimony here.