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DC Public Charter School Executive Director, Scott Pearson, offered the following comments on the possible State Board of Education vote on the new proposed graduation regulations. Click here to read more.

After learning that the school has engaged in a pattern of fiscal mismanagement by misusing public funds, the Board voted to initiate revocation of the school’s charter.

Under conditions approved by PCSB, school is expected to improve its academic performance. 

Monthly meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

PCSB's Executive Director Scott Pearson was invited to speak at Mayor-Elect Bowser's Education Public Engagement Forum.  His speech focused on the importance of charter schools providing quality educational choices to families in the District.  

Pearson's remarks (as prepared for delivery):  

"PCSB is DC’s charter school authorizer.  This year we oversee 112 schools run by 61 non-profit organizations that serve more than 38,000 students, or 44% of the public school population, a percentage that has held steady from last year to this year.

The hearing will be held on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the school and livestream.   

The new report finds parents believe schools are getting better and more needs to be done to improve the number of high performing schools.  

Students and parents make the choice and the independent My School DC uses a random lottery to fill the available public charter school seats.

Today, the charter school community remembers Marion Barry Jr.'s contribution to the education reform movement in Washington, D.C. 

Andy Smarick believes Washington, DC is on track to follow New Orleans in developing the urban school district of the future.  

Tensions inherently arise when developing accountability systems that need to serve multiple interests and stakeholders. 

Stop by our booth #2201 at EdFEST on Saturday November 22 from 11 am to 3 pm at the DC Armory.  

As students in DC continue to attend public charter schools, judging the quality of the education programs becomes increasingly important.  

Why is the charter school sector in DC so strong, especially when compared to other cities that have high charter market shares, but much lower performance? 

Watch Board officials and Mayor Gray announce the results of the 2014 Performance Management Framework (PMF).  

Education Week highlights Two Rivers PCS' long-standing commitment to the intellectual courage and professional growth of its teachers.  

 

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.

Our office will open tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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.