In light of recent news reports regarding the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2, PCSB has released the following statement which can be attributable to PCSB:
"Public charter schools in Washington, DC, like the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, operate under charters approved by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB). As required by the School Reform Act (SRA), each charter sets out academic and other goals which each school is given great flexibility in determining how to meet. Under the SRA, public charter schools, and not PCSB, are allowed the sole discretion on specific academic decisions including the hiring and termination of their staff and teachers.
PCSB uses a variety of methods – including reports, analysis and site visits – to ensure that public charter schools are providing quality educational opportunities to their students and are complying with the law. PCSB staff has visited (MS)2 on several occasions and has done so again in the last few days."