Board Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Policies

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Contact: PCSB Communications
Washington, D.C. —The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comments on three proposed policies: to use the term "pre-K" to describe all early childhood charter school programs; set new floors for some measures on the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance, and a revised deadline date for 2012- 2013 Start-up Charter School applications. In addition to submitting written comments, members of the public may participate in a public hearing to be held during the Board’s monthly meeting on Monday July 16.
The first policy, Pre-kindergarten Language Adoption, proposes standardizing the language for describing early childhood charter school programs that serve children who are: three (3) years of age on or before December 31 of the academic year the child is being enrolled; four (4) years of age and/or five (5) years of age after September 30.  The term “pre-K”would replace the term “preschool” for all early childhood charter school programs. This nomenclature is consistent with that used by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
The second policy, 2012 Performance Management Framework Floors, proposes modifying some of the floors of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), per an existing policy approved by the board July 7, 2011, which states in part, “floors and targets will be assessed yearly based on the most recent year of data.” Details of the new floors are available here.
The third policy, 2012-2013 Applications Guidelines for Start-up Schools, both updates the application requirements as well as setting a revised deadline date for start-up applications for new charter schools that would open in the fall of 2014. The new deadline would be March 1, 2013 and Board decisions on applications would be announced in May, 2013.
Members of the public may provide written comments to the PCSB or testify at the July 16 public hearing, which will take place at the DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC at 7:30pm on Monday, July 16.  Individuals may call the Board’s office at (202) 328-2660 by 3:00pm on the day of the hearing to be placed on the witness list.
Please send all written comments by mail to DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010, or by email to
The public comment period will run through July 18.
About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) currently oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses serving nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Seventy-five percent of the students attending public charter schools qualify for free or reduced price meals. Public charter schools serve 41% of all public school students in Washington, DC. Learn more about the PCSB at