Charter School Board Accepting Public Comment on Updates to Language on PCSB Monitoring of Schools

Thursday, August 23, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Williams 202-328-2748
awilliams@dcpcsb.org

Washington, D.C. —The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on updates to the language in its policies and procedures manual on PCSB monitoring of schools.

The public comment period opens today, August 23, and will close on Thursday September 20. A public hearing will be held on Monday September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

PCSB’s goal is to create a more authentic and less burdensome on-site review of the charter schools it oversees. These Qualitative Site Reviews will measure the extent to which a school is fulfilling its mission, vision, and goals set forth in its charter and will comprise scheduled and unscheduled observations of schools throughout the school year. The policy would update the PCSB Policies and Procedures Manual with information on the Qualitative Site Review, replacing the current language describing a Program Development Review. Other proposed language changes to the manual can be accessed here.

To submit written comments, please email Audrey Williams, awilliams@dcpcsb.org, or mail them to DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010. To sign up to testify at the public hearing, please email awilliams@dcpcsb.org or call the PCSB office at (202) 328-2660 by 3:00pm on the day of the hearing to be placed on the witness list. Please bring copies of your testimony to the hearing.

About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is setting a national model for creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB currently oversees 57 public charter schools on more than 100 campuses serving nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at www.dcpcsb.org.

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