Nurses at 69 public charter schools deal with everything from a scraped knee to diabetes.

Lee Montessori PCS, located in the Edgewood neighborhood in Ward 5, will open in August 2014 and serve 70 students in PK3 through first grade and add a grade each year up to sixth grade.

There has been much buzz over the past year about the expansion of Rocketship Education to our nation’s capital. Community members and partners are excited about the possibilities that Rocketship’s innovative personalized learning approach will bring to the Ward 8. In Woodland Terrace, a longstanding member of the community echoes this sentiment.

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An information session will be held on August 5


DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) released a joint report analyzing the financial health of all 57 DC public charter school LEAs (local education agencies).

View the full report   


Academy of Hope PCS plans to relocate to a new location in Ward 8.   The Board will hold a public hearing on July 21 to discuss the school’s request to move 1.1 miles from its current location to 421 Alabama Avenue SE.  

Richard Whitmire discusses the charter-district relationships in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

Yesterday I was able to touch base with Dr. Soner Tarim, a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Public Schools. You could hear the frustration in his voice as he explained to me that the last thing he wanted was to ignite a controversy over where his school would be located. He then went on to describe a facility hunt that for me was a broken record of the exasperating experience each and every charter opening in this city has had to endure.

Ahead of this year's graduation ceremony, chef ambassadors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) visited Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School to share their expertise with students, alumni and local chefs.




“I've learned to understand that what we're doing is never finished--it can and must continuously improve because so many lives are at stake.”  -Jack McCarthy, AppleTree Early Learning PCS

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) applauds new guidance released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education outlining the current state of civil rights in the nation’s charter schools.

As new Common Core standards are being implemented in school districts across the country, DC’s charter authorizer, the Public Charter School Board (PCSB), and Fight For Children, hosted a day-long symposium, “Ahead of the Curve:  What Leaders Need to Know to Implement Common Core State Standard in DC,” aimed at giving school leaders the tools needed to fully integrate these programs and policies into curricula and instruction.

The U.S. Department of Education told DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) Friday that BASIS DC and Capital City PCS did not discriminate against students based on their immigration status.

“[Office of Civil Rights] made no finding that these schools had been intentionally attempting to discourage any group of students from enrolling,” according to a statement from the department.

DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), DC’s charter authorizer, has contacted the two charter schools named by the U.S. Department of Education as – according to the Associated Press – being investigated over possible barriers to enrollment by students brought to the United States illegally.

It's National Charter School Week! House Speaker John Boehner joined Republican leaders and charter school parents, teachers and students at an event on Capitol Hill today to rally support for H.R. 10, legislation on the House floor this week that will help strengthen and expand the successful Charter School Program. 

This week, May 4 – 10, marks National Charter Schools Week. Students, parents, teachers, and communities across the state are celebrating the many successes of public charter schools. In addition to President Obama's proclamation and celebrations at the US Capitol, Paul PCS will host an event tomorrow May 8 at 5:15 p.m.

PCSB's annual budget oversight hearing held by the Council's Committee on Education allows the Board to discuss its FY15 budget.   

Here are highlights from the Board's testimony:  

Jihad Miller, an 8th grader at Roots PCS, was selected as a Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin S. Carson Scholar for his academic achievement and humanitarian work.  He was honored at the 18th annual awards banquet held in Baltimore, MD earlier this month.

Viewers can watch sessions on PCSB's website beginning April 22

As part of the rigorous new charter school review process, PCSB has scheduled two public hearings on April 22 and 23 to invite community members to comment on this year’s eight charter school applications. 

The public hearings are an opportunity for community members to provide feedback about a proposed charter school.