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DC Public Schools Establishes Office of Integrity as Part of Post-Audit Reforms

Monday, February 5, 2018
Following Release of Independent Audit Detailing Systemwide Issues, New Office to Serve as In-house Ombudsman

Today, DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson appointed Dr. Arthur Fields DCPS’s first-ever Chief Integrity Officer (CIO). The position was created following reports of DCPS students graduating with extreme numbers of absences. An independent District-wide audit found that DCPS stakeholders lacked a forum to share concerns around school policies and address complaints related to compliance with the law.

“Following the results of the independent audit of the District’s graduation practices, Mayor Bowser promised to make changes to ensure people who have complaints have their voices heard. 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,” says Antwan Wilson, Chancellor of Public Schools. “Dr. Fields will report directly to me and will have broad oversight responsibilities across DCPS systems and practices.”

In the coming weeks, Chancellor Wilson will announce additional reforms that address the issues identified in the District’s audit.

Dr. Fields has more than 18 years of experience serving students, families, and school communities in the District of Columbia, including establishing the School Climate Initiative that directly supports schools in improving school climates for students, staff, and families. He currently serves as Senior Deputy Chief of School Culture at DCPS where he is responsible for ensuring that schools have the necessary supports to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students.

The Office of Integrity:

  • serves as a one-stop shop for questions from students, families, staff, and community members;
  • addresses constituent concerns through internal audits, reviews, or dispute resolution; and
  • develops and maintains policy guidance for school policies and regulations.

Learn more about the Office of Integrity.