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December 17, 2012

D.C Public Charter School Board
Meeting Minutes
3333 14th Street, NW Suite 210
Washington, DC 20010
December 17, 2012
7:30pm
Public Hearing

Board Members in attendance: Mr. Brian Jones (Chair); Mr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Ms. Sara Mead; Mr. Scott Pearson (Ex-Officio)

Mr. Brian Jones called the public hearing to order at 7:44pm.

Public Hearing on Policy for Revising Goals and Academic Achievement Expectations

No public comments were received.

The public hearing was adjourned at 7:45pm.

Public Meeting

Board Members in attendance: Mr. Brian Jones (Chair); Mr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Ms. Sara Mead; Mr. Scott Pearson (Ex-Officio)

Mr. Jones asked if they are any public officials that wished to be recognized- no public officials were announced.

Approval of the Agenda

Mr. Woodruff made a motion to approve December’s meeting agenda. Mr. McKoy seconded the motion. The board voted 6-0 to approve this agenda.

Approval of the November 19th 2012 Board Minutes

Mr. Soifer made a motion to approve the November 19th, 2012 minutes. Ms. Mead seconded the motion. The board voted 6-0 to approve these board minutes.

Submission into the record of Administrative Contracts

Mr. Jones accepted into the public record the list of charter school contracts valued at more than $25,000.

Submissions from Yu Ying: Charter Application, Amendment Notification, Request

Staff Representative: Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director

Ms. DeVeaux summarized the memorandum submitted by Washington Yu Ying PCS, asking the board to approve with conditions the school’s request to expand its charter to serve grades 9 through 12.

Mr. Woodruff asked if Washington Yu Ying would have one identity or a different identities with the new grades.

Ms. DeVeaux answered that it will have one identity and children can become a part of The District of Columbia International School (DCI) and DCI will collaborate with PCSB.

Mr. Woodruff asked how Washington Yu Ying will help make the transition to DCI.

Ms. DeVeaux answered that a pre-summer school and an outreach committee as well as an English and math classes will be the same with the other schools.

Mr. Pearson added that the school’s accountability conditions would be created for DCI as a whole (and not Yu Ying, separately).

Mr. Pearson read the conditions of Washington Yu Ying’s charter application, amendment and notification into record.

Mr. Woodruff moved to approve. Mr. McKoy seconded the motion. The board voted 6-0 to approve the school’s charter amendment to serve grades 9 through 12.

Policy Votes

2008 Truancy Policy Updates

Staff Representatives: Rashida Kennedy, Equity and Fidelity Team

Ms. Kennedy summarized the board memorandum, asking the board to vote to accept the proposed PCSB Truancy policy. The board voted to open the proposed policy for public comment on November 19, 2012.

Mr. Woodruff asked if a school went to 20 percent in the first quarter and a lower percentage in the second quarter, what does that mean.

Ms. Kennedy answered that each student with several truancies will need a better attendance rate in the second quarter and the rest of the population needs to be below 20 percent.

Mr. Woodruff asked if school attendance will be evaluated every quarter of the school year.

Ms. Kennedy answered yes.

Mr. Soifer moved to approve. Mr. Woodruff seconded the motion. The board voted 6-0 to approve the motion.

Discipline and Attendance Audit Policy

Staff Representative: Rashida Kennedy, Equity and Fidelity Team

Ms. Kennedy summarized the board memorandum, asking the board to vote to accept the proposed Discipline and Attendance Audit Policy. If PCSB staff chose to conduct the audit, the following will be considered.

• Comparing discipline and attendance data and student information data audit and in person data.

• Reviewing paper document and conducting site reviews.

Mr. McKoy moved to approve, Mr. Soifer seconded. The board voted 6-0 to approve the discipline and attendance audit policy.

Open for Public Comment: A Policy to allow schools to choose the Performance Management Framework as its Goals and Academic Achievement Expectations.

Staff Representative: Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director

Ms. DeVeaux summarized the board memorandum, recommending that the board open for public comment the policy to allow schools to elect to adopt the PMF, as amended over time, for its charter goals and student achievement expectations.

Mr. Soifer asked for a better explanation of the 50 percent threshold for the 10-year review.

Ms. DeVeaux answered that the threshold is based on 15 years that a school has been opened. 15 years in a charter school with a 50 percent goal threshold is not unachievable.

Ms. Meade asked how this policy interacts with the intention to raise the PMF floors. Is the policy based on the 55 percent goals in place now or what it will be in 15 years.

Ms. DeVeaux answered that the threshold is for now and the PMF is appropriate; we won’t feel the need to adjust the floors up.

Ms. Meade moved to approve the motion for a 55 percent threshold. Mr. Soifer approved for a 50% threshold.

Mr. McKoy asked Mr. Soifer if the restrictions can be made on the PMF.

Mr. Soifer suggested that the charter renewal be changed to 50 and 45 percent.

Ms. Meade moved to approve the motion as originally stated. Mr. Woodruff seconded. The board voted 6-0 to approve to open the policy for public comment for 45 calendar days.

For Discussion

Notification of New Location – Washington Latin PCS

Staff Representative: Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director

Ms. DeVeaux summarized the board memorandum.

Mr. Woodruff asked if Washington Latin PCS asked for a ceiling increase.

Ms. DeVeaux answered that there was no request for a ceiling increase but a notification for a new location.

Mr. Pearson mentioned that the ANC has been notified and has submitted a letter of support.

PMF Appeals and Updates

Staff Representative: Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director

Ms. DeVeaux summarized the board memorandum for public discussion. Please see link for more information. 2012 PMF Appeals

Compliance Review Results

Staff Representative: Rashida Kennedy, Equity and Fidelity Team

Ms. Kennedy summarized the board memorandum for public discussion. Please see link for more information. Discipline and Attendance Audit Policy

Update on status of Alternative Accountability Policy

Staff Representative: Naomi DeVeaux, Deputy Director

Ms. DeVeaux summarized the board memorandum for public discussion.

Public Comment

None.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.