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June 27, 2011
Public Hearing

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. Brian Jones (chair); Mr. John “Skip” McKoy; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Mr. Will Marshall; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Brian Jones called the hearing to order at 6:17pm

Acknowledgement of Public Officials
No elected officials were present.

Request for Charter Amendment- Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
Representatives: Joseph Fanone, Board President; Eileen Harrington, Board Member; Ann Hedman, Chief Operating Officer; JoAnn Cason, Head of School

Mr. Brian Jones thanked representatives from Hyde for coming to the public hearing, and allowed them to introduce their request for a charter amendment to sever ties with the Hyde Foundation.

Representatives from Hyde explained that the school would like to switch from a focus around character education to one emphasizing college prep, to sever ties from the Hyde Foundation and change the name of the school to Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School.

Board members asked representatives from Hyde several questions as to the new academic structure of the school.  Once Board members had finished asking their questions, Mr. Brian Jones asked for comments from the general public.

Several former students who have graduated from Hyde, as well as members of the Hyde Foundation spoke in opposition to the proposed charter amendment claiming that the decision by the board of the school was made without input and would be detrimental to the Hyde community.
 

Upon the completion of public comment, Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion.  Ms. Sara Mead moved to accept the amendment to Hyde’s charter.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed 5-2 with Mr. Skip McKoy and Dr. Darren Woodruff opposing.

Mr. Brian Jones adjourned the hearing at 7:34pm and stated that the public meeting will begin after a five minute recess.

A more complete record of the public hearing can be found in the official transcript.

Public Meeting

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. Brian Jones (chair); Mr. John “Skip” McKoy; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Mr. Will Marshall; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Brian Jones called the public meeting to order at 7:40pm

Approval of the Agenda
Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion to approve the board’s agenda for the evening.  Dr. Darren Woodruff moved the motion and Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of the May Minutes
Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May meetings.  Mr. Will Marshall moved the motion and Dr. Darren Woodruff seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Administrative Committee
The contracts for June 2011 for more than $25,000 were received by the PCSB and were read and accepted into the record.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Extend Date of Closure- The School for Arts in Learning (SAIL) Public Charter School
Mr. Clarence Parks from staff explained SAIL’s request to extend the date of their school until July 31 for the provision of special needs students whose Individual Education Plans required an extended school year.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments. 

Ms. Sara Mead asked if staff at SAIL had agreed to stay in place through the extended closure date so as to facilitate the school remaining open.  Mr. Clarence Parks answered that staff had indeed agreed to stay in place through the extended closure date. 

Ms. Sara Mead asked if financing was available for extending SAIL’s closure date.  Mr. Clarence Parks answered yes and that the funding was being provided through the Public Charter School Board and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Mr. Don Soifer asked if there were any representatives from SAIL present tonight.  Mr. Clarence Parks replied that there are not, but that the school was contacted. 

Mr. Will Marshall moved to extend the closure date for SAIL until July 31.  Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  Ms. Sara Mead made note that she is unhappy extending a school in a sloppy state.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request for Full Approval to Operate a Charter School - Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School
Representatives: Deborah Dantzler-Williams, Interim Executive Director; Zoe Duskin, Principal; Gary Cohen, Board Chair; Aleta Margolis, Board Member

Ms. Carolyn Trice from staff introduced the matter before the Board and recommended that the school be granted full approval to operate a charter school.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments.  Seeing none, he then asked for a motion.  Mr. Skip McKoy moved for full approval.  Mr. Will Marshall seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.


School Oversight Committee- Request for Full Approval to Operate a Charter School - Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School
Representatives: Malcolm Woodland, Board Chair; Dana Clark, Executive Director

Ms. Carolyn Trice from staff introduced the matter before the Board and recommended that the school be granted full approval to operate a charter school.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments. 

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the temporary location that Shining Stars Montessori hopes to begin operating in is a school facility.  Mr. Malcolm Woodland answered that the location is an arts facility that has often been used to house classes, but that it is not a school site.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion. Mr. Will Marshall moved for full approval.  Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  The motion passed unanimously

School Oversight Committee- Request for Full Approval to Operate a Charter School - Mundo Verde Public Charter School
Representatives: Sara Elliot, Board Chair; Lisa Landmeier, Board Secretary

Ms. Carolyn Trice from staff introduced the matter before the Board and recommended that the school be granted full approval to operate a charter school.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments.  Hearing none, he asked for a motion.  Dr.  Darren Woodruff moved for full approval.  Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request for Full Approval to Operate a Charter School - Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts
Representatives: Rhouda Wilbon, Board Chair; Essie Charles, Board Secretary; Carla Holly, Board Member; Alicia Charles, Director of Business Operations; Marco Clark, Executive Director; Gregory Adams, Board Member

Dr. Jackie Boddie from staff introduced the matter before the Board and recommended that the school be granted full approval to operate a charter school.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments.  Hearing none, he asked for a motion.  Mr. Skip McKoy moved for full approval.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Operate in a New Location- AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School
Representatives: Jack McCarthy, Board Chair; Russ Williams, Executive Director

Ms. Rashida Kennedy from staff introduced AppleTree’s request to operate a new location at 2011 Savannah Terrace, SE before the Board

Mr. Brian Jones asked for any questions or comments.  Hearing none, he asked for a motion.  Mr. Will Marshall moved to grant the request to operate in a new location.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed unanimously with Mr. Skip McKoy abstaining. 

School Oversight Committee- Request to Operate in a New Location- Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Representatives: Allison Kokkoros, Principal

Dr. Jackie Boddie from staff introduced before the Board Carlos Rosario’s request to move operations of its satellite campus to the Baptist Church site located at 1501 Columbia Rd, NW and then to relocate the Baptist Church site to 514 V St, NE once construction at the latter site is complete.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments. 

Mr. Don Soifer asked how many students the Baptist Church site is expected to hold.  Ms. Allison Kokkoros answered between 200 and 300 students.

Ms. Sara Mead asked if Ms. Allison Kokkoros feels confident that construction will be completed at the V St site in time for the 2012-2013 school year.  Ms. Allison Kokkoros answered that she fully plans on being able to move in to the site at some point in the 2012-2013 school year, but likely not at the beginning of the school year.

Mr. Don Soifer moved that the requests to operate in new locations be granted.  Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Operate in a New Location- Eagle Academy Public Charter School
Representatives: Cassandra Pinkney, Executive Director; Joe Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Clarence Parks from staff introduced Eagle’s request to operate in a new location at Howard University before the Board.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the new location is on the Howard University Hospital grounds.  Ms. Cassandra Pinkney answered that it is on the 5th street location on the hospital grounds.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the school had identified need from hospital staff.  Ms. Cassandra Pinkney answered that Howard University had reached out to them to take over the facility.  Mr. Joe Smith added that the local ANC had a lot of interest in them coming in as well.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to approve the request to operate in a new location.  Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Operate in a New Location- KIPP DC: Heights Academy Public Charter School
Ms. Monique Miller from staff introduced KIPP DC’s request to operate a new school at 2600 Douglass Road, SE before the Board.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments.

Dr. Darren Woodruff wanted to make clear that this new location would not be operating on P Street, NW.  Ms. Monique Miller answered that the school would be operating from Douglass Street, not P Street, that this is KIPP DC’s second elementary school opening at the Douglass Road campus, and that the P Street campus will get an elementary school next year.

Ms. Sara Mead asked if KIPP DC has already been granted an enrollment increase.  Ms. Monique Miller answered yes.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield moved to approve the request to operate in a new location.  Mr. Will Marshall seconded.  The motion passed unanimously with Mr. Skip McKoy abstaining.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Operate in a New Location- Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Ms. Carolyn Trice from staff introduced Washington Yu Ying’s request to relocate to a site at 220 Taylor Street, NE before the Board.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments. Mr. Brian Jones also wanted it known for the record that ANC Commissioner Gigi Ransom had informed the Board that there was a unanimous vote in support of the relocation from ANC 5C, where the school is proposing to locate.

Mr. Skip McKoy moved to approve the request to operate in a new location.  Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee – Request to Approve Accountability Plans
Mr. Brian Jones called two separate blocs for votes because Mr. Skip McKoy will need to abstain from voting on one bloc of schools. 

The schools considered in the first bloc were:
•    DC Prep Public Charter School
•    Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School

Ms. Monique Miller from staff introduced the proposed accountability plans for the first bloc of schools before the Board. 

Mr. Brian Jones asked for questions or comments.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if schools are free to set their own benchmarks on their assessments for their accountability plans.  Ms. Monique Miller answered that test manufacturers have recommended target levels of performance.  In instances where PCSB Performance Officers thought the targets were low, they urged schools to push up those targets.  In instances where Performance Officers and the school disagreed, Performance Officers pushed for dialogue between the Board and the school to understand their rationale.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the targets being considered tonight are a consensus between the school and the Performance Officer.  Ms. Monique Miller answered yes.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield stated that she understands that these accountability plans are a way station between where we are now and the implementation of the Performance Management Framework (PMF).  She added that even with those schools using the same assessments, schools have set different targets.  She went on to add that it needs to be explained to families why these differences in targets are ok, and it needs to be explicit.  Ms. Monique Miller said that the only thing that she would add to what Ms. Emily Bloomfield stated is that the framework given to schools to develop their plans was made in concert with the early childhood education taskforce.  Before the taskforce, staff were looking for target ranges, but that never gained traction.  What is being used now is what came from months of meetings with the early childhood taskforce.  She said that she agrees with Ms. Emily Bloomfield and that we need to be explicit, but that’s where we are today.

Ms. Sara Mead said that in general she believes strongly in the autonomy of the schools, but one place where we should not do that is in setting their achievement targets, and that she does not believe it should be a negotiation between the staff and the schools.  She added that she does not want to give the impression that under the PMF that they’ll be able to set their targets.

Mr. Will Marshall wanted to know how the Board could incorporate Ms. Sara Mead’s points into the motion.

Ms. Monique Miller answered that it will be incorporated into PMF.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if benchmarks we’re setting now are consistent with what we’re doing for PMF.

Ms. Monique Miller answered that she’s not sure and that there will be many types of assessments for early childhood and does not know what the taskforce will ultimately pick.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield said that it would be nice to have an assessment matrix for schools so that the public could know variability of targets even for schools using the same assessment.

Ms. Jacqueline Scott-English from staff joined Ms. Monique Miller at the table.  Ms. Scott-English said that it would be in PCSB’s best interest to approve these accountability plans so that we can go out and measure the performance of those schools.  Further there were a bloc of schools who already had their accountability plans approved last month.  She added that she agrees with Ms. Emily Bloomfield and Ms. Sara Mead though on their point.

Ms. Sara Mead moved to approve the accountability plans for Elsie Whitlow Stokes and DC Prep.  Dr. Darren Woodruff seconded.  The motion passed unanimously with Mr. Skip McKoy abstaining.

The second bloc of schools were:
•    The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School
•    Bridges Public Charter School
•    Center City Public Charter School
•    DC Bilingual Public Charter School
•    Education Strengthens Families Public Charter School
•    Ideal Academy Public Charter School
•    Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School
•    Meridian Public Charter School
•    Next Step Public Charter School
•    Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School
•    Tree of Life Community Public Charter School
•    Two Rivers Public Charter School
•    William E. Doar, Jr., Public Charter School for Performing Arts
•    YouthBuild Public Charter School

Ms. Emily Bloomfield stated that aside from attendance, that she does not see any other benchmarks in the accountability plan for Education Strengthens Families Public Charter School (ESF).

Mr. Brian Jones removed ESF from consideration while staff gathered additional information on the school.

Mr. Don Soifer said that he is concerned about Meridian Public Charter School’s benchmarks being too aggressive and that he is worried that the school is setting themselves up to fail.

Ms. Monique Miller said that staff had concerns as well, but the school felt that they could meet the benchmarks they’ve submitted.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked what happens if they do not meet their target?

Ms. Monique Miller answered that for accountability plans schools need to meet the majority of their targets.

Ms. Jackie Scott-English said that failure to meet their targets could come up with their charter review.

Ms. Sara Mead said that she is concerned that they might not be aware that this could lead them to not pass their charter review.

Ms. Monique Miller said that staff could pull Meridian from consideration so that this issue could be addressed.

Mr. Brian Jones asked for a motion concerning schools in the second bloc. 

Ms. Emily Bloomfield stated that Board members have received the documents pertaining to ESF, and that ESF could be added to the second bloc of schools for consideration.

Mr. Brian Jones added ESF back to the bloc for consideration, and removed Meridian from consideration.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved that the bloc of schools, with the exception of Meridian, have their accountability plans approved.  Mr. Skip McKoy seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

The schools in the second bloc that had their accountability plans approved were:
•    The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School
•    Bridges Public Charter School
•    Center City Public Charter School
•    DC Bilingual Public Charter School
•    Education Strengthens Families Public Charter School
•    Ideal Academy Public Charter School
•    Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School
•    Next Step Public Charter School
•    Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School
•    Tree of Life Community Public Charter School
•    Two Rivers Public Charter School
•    William E. Doar, Jr., Public Charter School for Performing Arts
•    YouthBuild Public Charter School


Public Comment
None

Meeting adjourned at 8:49pm