I hope everyone enjoyed Hilloween and has a great (and safe) time Trick-or-Treating tonight!
Please mark your calendars and make your voice heard at these upcoming events!
State Report Card Focus Group
The State Board of Education's #ESSA Taskforce and CHPSPO will host a second focus group on November 1, 2017, at 6 pm at Jefferson Middle School Academy (801 7th Street, SW) on a new school report card that will be developed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The new school report card is being developed as part of the state plan OSSE submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Your feedback is critical to helping OSSE build an effective tool to both help us improve our schools. This focus group will be an opportunity for you to share what you want to see in DC’s new school report card.
DC Public Schools Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearing
As required by District of Columbia law, DC Public Schools’ Chancellor Wilson and senior leadership will convene a public hearing to hear from the public about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The hearing
will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, located at 410 E Street, NE.
Members of the public who are interested in testifying should register online
no later than 3 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017. For questions or concerns, please contact the DCPS School Funding Team at (202) 442-5112
or firstname.lastname@example.org.NOTE: This event is typically not well advertised or attended. It is a TREMENDOUS opportunity to make your concerns heard.
Chancellor’s Monthly Community Forums – Ward 6 dates
Join Chancellor Wilson and DCPS Leadership for an opportunity to provide feedback and help make critical decisions on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Light refreshments, childcare, and interpretation services will be provided.
· Tuesday, December 12: 8:45 - 10:00 AM -- Eastern HS • 1700 East Capitol Street, NE
· Tuesday, April 3: 8:45 - 10:00 AM -- Payne ES • 1445 C Street, SE
Upcoming Council Hearings
Transportation and the Environment & Education Public Roundtable
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:00AM - Room 412
The Committee on Transportation & the Environment & the Committee on Education will hold a Public Roundtable on the following Matter:
· Summer Modernizations of District of Columbia Public Schools
The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring eight copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Public Hearing
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:00AM - Room 412
The Committee on Education will hold a Public Hearing on the following Legislation & Matter:
, Health Students Amendment Act of 2017
, Universal Free Lunch for All Amendment Act of 2017
· The State of School Food Services
The Committee invites the public to testify or submit written testimony. Those who wish to testify may sign-up online
or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00pm Tuesday, November 14. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged to bring 10 copies of their written testimony.
Education Public Roundtable
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 10:00AM - Room 412
The Committee on Education will hold a Public Roundtable on the following Matter:
· The state of special education services in the District of Columbia traditional and public charter schools and the "OSSE Enhanced Special Education Services Act of 2014: Implementation Report to the Council of the District of Columbia" report
Those who wish to testify may sign-up online
or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00pm Thursday, November 16. 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 10 copies of written testimony. Witnesses appearing on their own behalf should limit their testimony to three minutes; witnesses representing organizations should limit their testimony to five minutes.
Out-of-school Time programs in D.C.: Mismatches in capacity and need
Last week, the DC Policy Center released a report studying out-of-school-time programs in the District. The report received support from the Deputy Mayor for Education, fulfilling a requirement in the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes Establishment Act of 2016. The full report is attached, and a brief summary is below:
Some of the main findings include:
· Under a goal of universal coverage for children and youth attending D.C. public schools, the District would need to subsidize 37,600 additional afterschool slots for children in pre-K through grade 8, and 12,400 additional afterschool slots for those in grades 9-12. Universal coverage for summer programming would require an additional 61,600 slots for children through grade 8 and 6,300 for those in grades 9-12.
· Several gaps remain even under more targeted policy goals, especially for the younger children. Under the narrowest target—providing subsidized OST programming capacity to children and youth in households at or below the poverty line—the District would still have a gap in summer programming of 12,200 slots for children in grade 8 and below.
· The gaps displayed under the broadest policy targets are more evenly distributed throughout the city, following the general distribution of children and families. As coverage targets narrow to focus on measures of income or other socioeconomic factors, the main coverage gaps are concentrated in Wards 7 and 8.