Charter School Board Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Policies to Protect Student Records and Allow Enrollment Ceiling Increase

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
 
Contact: Audrey Williams 202-328-2748
awilliams@dcpubliccharter.com
 
Washington, D.C. — The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on two proposed policies to protect student records and revise criteria for schools that request an increase in their enrollment ceiling. In addition to submitting written comments, members of the public may participate in a public hearing to be held during its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 18.
 
The proposed policies are: Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy and the Enrollment Ceiling Increase Policy. The FERPA policy will strengthen how student records are shared and protected as well as adopt a model policy for all DC charter schools.  The Enrollment Ceiling Increase Policy revises the criteria that will be applied when a charter school requests an enrollment ceiling increase.  The proposed policies are available on the PCSB website at http://www.dcpubliccharter.com/About-the-Board/Board-Policies.aspx.
 
The public comment period will run through June 20.  Members of the public may provide written comments to the PCSB or can sign up to testify at the June 18 public hearing. The hearing will take place at the DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC at 7:30pm.  Individuals can 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 a written copy of the comments to the DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010.
 
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 dcpcsb.org.