Board Calls Emergency Meeting for March 5

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For Immediate Release 

Contact: PCSB Communications, communications@dcpcsb.org

Washington, D.C.The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has called an emergency meeting to take place on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6 p.m. at PCSB. The single item on the agenda is a proposal to revoke the charter of Young America Works PCS. If the board votes in favor of the proposal, it will begin a process that may result in the school being closed permanently at the end of the school year. The meeting is open to the public.

The board has decided to call the emergency meeting because of serious and persistent concerns about the school’s increasingly unsafe environment for students, and related deficiencies in academic instruction. The board’s next regular meetings were scheduled for March 15 and 16, to host public hearings about the 13 charter applications that were submitted in February. Board chair Brian Jones stated, “Given our serious concerns about the learning environment for students at Young America Works, we have decided we must take action on this immediately.” Squeezing a serious matter like this into the already full agenda during the application hearings would not have allowed adequate time to focus on the critical issues before us and to develop a thoughtful, appropriate response to the current situation at Young America Works.”

The DC Public Charter School Board currently oversees 57 public charter schools on 99 campuses, serving nearly 28,000 students living in every ward of the city. D.C. Public Charter Schools currently serve 38% of the city’s public school students.