7 takeaways from DHSP’s “public records” response. (Includes a breakdown of your chances of getting into any Afterschool.)
[This post is our analysis of the data from the response to our FOIA request on afterschool. To join our advocacy mailing list, leave your email in our petition or email email@example.com.]
Background: Last time we heard from DHSP was just so frustrating — that was on June 16, when, at City Council behest, DHSP presented on the status of its “Community Schools” afterschool program.
The presentation made clear that DHSP isn't actively working on expanding afterschool to meet demand. (DHSP notably cited the need for a year-long, consultant-led study before even starting the work.)
If you're curious, we summarized our takeaways after that meeting in this slide from our presentation to incoming City Manager Yi-An Huang on July 19, 2022.
As you can see from our June takeaways, one of our main frustrations is DHSP's lack of transparency. This is problematic for many reasons:
(Our table of the likelihoods of getting into any afterschool is in #2 below.)
Here are our main takeaways (again, you can look at their full data here):
We're excited to share the City's 7/29/22 response to our FOIA request for information.
Unfortunately, the City has not made this information available online, so we're putting the info up here.
The response was in four parts:
In addition, here is DHSP's October 2021 Report, which they didn't make available online. Link to PDF.
Our analysis includes 7 main takeaways.
Your thoughts/analysis/pushback on our findings are extremely welcome.
Please email Eugenia (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amanda (email@example.com) with your takes.
Eugenia Schraa & Amanda Beatty
Cambridge moms of young kids, going slowly nuts trying to wrangle basic info from the City about schools, after schools, preschools, and probably much more.