Washington, D.C. — The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will hold an informal hearing on the proposed revocation of Young America Works Public Charter School on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:30pm – 8:30 pm. The hearing will be held at Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20011.
The PCSB voted in an emergency meeting March 5, 2010, in favor of a proposal to begin the process of revoking the charter of Young America Works Public Charter School. The Board said the school had violated applicable laws and materially violated the terms set forth in its charter agreement. Young America Works exercised its option to an informal hearing to respond to the proposal, notifying the Board on March 25. The PCSB scheduled the hearing immediately.
“Given the serious implications of the proposal, we felt it important to schedule the hearing as soon as possible, so that parents and students can have a timely resolution and a clear path forward,” said PCSB Chair Brian Jones.
The hearing is open to the public and individuals may testify for up to two minutes. Community members are also welcome to testify in favor of or against the proposal. Persons wishing to testify at this hearing should contact the PCSB at 202-328-2660 by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31.
After the conclusion of the informal hearing, the Public Charter School Board will have 30 days to render a final decision on the proposed revocation of the charter of Young America Works.
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 percent of all public school students in Washington, D.C.