D.C. teachers seeking to file complaints or ask questions about the school system can lodge them in the newly launched Office of Integrity, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced Monday afternoon.
The office will function as an ombudsman for a school system embroiled in controversy.
The chancellor’s announcement follows an investigation that found D.C. Public Schools improperly graduated students who missed large portions of the academic year.
A teacher had said she tried with no success to flag the attendance issues to the chancellor. The investigation found that the school system lacks a forum in which teachers and community members can air their grievances.
Wilson named Arthur Fields to lead the office, as the chief integrity officer. Fields, who has worked in D.C. education for nearly two decades, was most recently the deputy chief of school culture.
“Dr. Fields has the experience and independence necessary to succeed in this position and — most importantly — uphold our belief that every school must guarantee students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment,” Wilson wrote in a statement. “Dr. Fields will report directly to me and will have broad oversight responsibilities across DCPS systems and practices.”
Students, parents and community members can also turn to the Office of Integrity with questions and complaints.
The office will address concerns through internal audits, reviews and dispute resolution, according to a press release. It will also develop guidance for school policies and regulations.
The chancellor said he will announce more initiatives in the coming weeks in response to the damning findings surrounding the school system’s graduation practices.