D.C. Public Charter School Board Launches Community Advisory Group

Thursday, May 6, 2010
For Immediate Release:  May 6, 2010
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
Washington, D.C. - The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) recently launched a new initiative to form a Community Advisory Group (PCSB CAG) that the PCSB expects will inform and enhance its stakeholder engagement efforts. The board is seeking committed and insightful parents, community members and students to serve as members. Duties of this informal, voluntary group include meeting monthly or quarterly as needed with PCSB members and staff to offer insights, personal experiences and comments on the impact of the PCSB’s work. The PCSB CAG would not influence board decisions regarding public charter schools.  Members would serve as a sounding board for the PCSB’s outreach and transparency efforts, be the PCSB’s eyes and ears in D.C.’s many diverse communities and bring back the perceptions, concerns and experiences of their communities.

“We are casting a wide net, hoping to create a group that represents many different kinds of D.C. residents, with an emphasis on parents, students and neighbors from every part of the city,” says PCSB Communications Director, Nona Richardson. “We plan to make it fun and interesting and give community members opportunities to share their perspectives with us so we can better serve them,” she added.

Interested community members should visit the PCSB website to get more information or contact Nona Richardson at nrichardson@dcpubliccharter.com or 202/328-2670.

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