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Neighborhood Preference Task Force
Neighborhood Preference Task Force

The Council, in the FY 2013 Budget Support Act of 2012, asked the Chairman of PCSB to lead the 12-member task force to research and examine neighborhood preference for public charter schools in the District of Columbia. Below is a copy of the report:

Neighborhood Preference Task Force Report

Task Force Members
According to the legislation, task force members include:
  • Chairman of the DC Public Charter School Board, Brian W. Jones, JD;
  • Chairman of the DC City Council, Beverly Wheeler, Designee;
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Jose Alvarez;
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, Scheherazade Salimi;
  • DC Public Schools, Claudia Lujan;
  • Washington Teachers Union, Nathan Saunders;
  • Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), Robert Cane;
  • DC Association of Public Chartered Schools, Ramona Edelin;
  • American Institutes for Research, Mark Schneider;
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Renita Thukral;
  • Achievement Prep Public Charter School, Shantelle Wright;
  • Capital City Public Charter School, Karen Dresden

Meeting Details:

Public Comment Session
Date: November 15th
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Achievement Preparatory PCS, 908 Wahler Place, SE, Washington DC 20032

Second Meeting
Date: October 18th
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: DC Public Charter School Board Offices, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010
Pre-meeting materials:
  1. Presentation: Data Presentation by Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
  2. Minutes: NPTF Meeting 10-2-12
  3. Hand-out: Ward Enrollment and Waitlist Data
First Meeting
Date: October 2nd
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: DC Public Charter School Board Offices, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010
Pre-Reading Materials:
  1. The first linked document, "NPTF Pre Reading_10.2.12," contains background information on neighborhood preference, critical questions to consider regarding neighborhood preference, and preliminary data on DC charter school student mobility.
  2. The second linked document, "NPTF Pre Reading Appendix_10.2.12," contains a map for each charter school with dots representing the distance students live to the charter school they attend. This appendix also includes a data table that shows the percentage of students who live "in the neighborhood" defined in two ways. * You may not want to print this document at it is 101 pages.
  3. [Optional] In March 2012, the Deputy Mayor for Education released a supply and demand analysis of the geography of school quality in the District of Columbia, Quality Schools: Every Child, Every School, Every Neighborhood. This study provides a background and shared context regarding the service gap in education for neighborhoods in DC.