Board Votes to Close WMST PCHS
Rick Cruz, Chair of The DC Public Charter School Board, released the following statement after the board unanimously voted to close Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School (WMST PCHS) at the end of the current school year, with the condition that the vote will be reversed if the school secures a $500,000 loan by 6 p.m. tomorrow.
“Because WMST PCHS is not economically viable, we’re required to revoke its charter. I speak for our entire board when I say how deeply saddened we are that this came to pass. Throughout this difficult process, we have provided the school with all the support and flexibility we were able, but unfortunately the school was not able to close the large financial shortfall facing them. To minimize disruption to the students currently attending the school, we’ll ensure the school can operate through the end of the school year. And in the coming days, our enrollment specialists will begin to work closely with every student and family to help them find a new school for the upcoming school year.”
UPDATE (April 24 at 6:30 p.m.): The school was unable to secure the loan.
For assistance in school options, WMST families should contact Jiselle O'Neal, Intergovernmental Relations and School Support Specialist, at 202-330-4056.