D.C. Public Charter School Board Hosts Information Session on Charter Application Guidelines

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
Washington, D.C. — Want to find out how to open a charter school in the District of Columbia?  Then attend an information session for prospective charter school applicants on Thursday, October 13th at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The session is hosted by the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) and will be held at 3333 14th Street, NW, 2nd Floor Conference Room.  Two other information sessions will be held on November 10th and December 7, 2011.
Last week the PCSB released the 2012 Charter Applications Guidelines for establishing a charter school in the District of Columbia.  The guidelines provide the steps required for organizations seeking approval to open a new charter school or convert a traditional, parochial or private school. The application deadline is February 1, 2012.  Approved schools would be authorized to open in the fall of 2013.
The information session will cover all you need to know to get the process started including the following changes that were made to the 2012 guidelines:
• Addendum for Online Schools – Provides guidance to applicant groups interested in establishing virtual learning schools.
• Public Hearings – Hearings will be scheduled over a four-day period to ensure adequate time for Board and public interaction with applicant groups.
• Principal Interviews – Interviews with principals have been removed from the review process.
• Mission Accomplishment Plan – Elements of the Mission Accomplishment Plan were moved to the Educational Plan.
• Processing Fee – The Board will charge a $150 processing fee for each application to establish a public charter school.
Prospective applicants may download the application guidelines from the Board’s website.  For more information about the application process, visit the PCSB website at www.dcpubliccharter.com/Start-a-Charter-School/2012-Charter-Application-Guidelines.aspx
The D.C. Public Charter School Board oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses, serving more than 30,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools now serve approximately 40% of all public school students in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com