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Here is the agenda for the DC Public Charter School Board's August 2012 meeting.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today released its 2012 Annual Report.

Students in DC public charter schools continue to perform above the state average in both reading and mathematics on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) tests, according to state-level results released today.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has opened the public comment period on two proposed policies: to clarify the definition of a school, a campus and a facility, and to use a single term to describe multiple data collection systems.

DC Public Charter School Board Board Meeting Agenda, July 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM, 3333 14th Street, NW 2nd Fl Conf. Room, Washington, DC 20010

Nearly 15,000 names are on waiting lists at DC charter schools, according to self-reported data from the city’s 98 charter school campuses compiled by the DC Public Charter School Board. Meanwhile, more than 700 slots are still available, including several at high-performing schools ranked as Tier 1 on the PCSB’s Performance Management Framework (PMF).

Testing integrity is extremely important to the DC Public Charter School Board, as DC CAS test results are the most critical part of the formula we use in the Performance Management Framework to assess and place schools in tiers. We take testing violations very seriously. We are grateful to OSSE for the work they have done with the investigation.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comments on three proposed policies: to use the term "pre-K" to describe all early childhood charter school programs; set new floors for some measures on the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance, and a revised deadline date for 2012- 13 Start-up Charter School applications.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is looking for experienced and successful charter school operators to open new schools in Washington, DC.

The DC Public Charter School Board and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on Friday May 25, 2012, hosted a webinar for Charter Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding proposed regulations governing student Dual Enrollment. A Dual Enrollment program enables high school students to enroll in approved college courses, taken on a college campus, and to simultaneously earn high school and college credit.

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.

Every year the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) contracts an independent auditor to conduct an annual student enrollment audit in D.C. As part of the audit, the independent auditor reports the number of students whose residency could not be verified at the time of the audit. Specifically, the report identifies non-resident students enrolled in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), Public Charter Schools (PCS) and Non-Publics (private special education schools or programs). Additionally, the report identifies how many non-resident students have been assessed and paid tuition.

As we have seen with charter schools in jurisdictions around the country, the prospect of a neighborhood preference for charter schools is a complicated issue. For this reason, the DC Public Charter School Board applauds Council Chairman Kwame Brown for his leadership in establishing a task force that will carefully examine the issue and seek neighborhood input from the communities that would be affected.

District of Columbia 8thGrade students scored lower than national averages in science-based subject matter achievement in 2011, according to The Nation’s Report Card, a biennial report released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Results are statewide and represent both District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and District public charter schools.

The principal of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School’s Lower School Campus, Michelle Molitor and Capital City Public Charter School High School Lead Social Studies teacher, Julian Hipkins, III are the 2012 winners of the Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award in the charter school category.

As we celebrate two events this week -- National Charter Schools Week and National Teacher Appreciation Week, we are reminded that at the heart and soul of the charter school movement are the wonderful teachers who work tirelessly to educate nearly 32,000 charter school students in the city.

South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor will present the keynote speech at the second annual Uncommon Alliance for Global Education Conference at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012 in the auditorium of Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today announced that award-winning Washington Post reporter Theola Labbé-DeBose has been appointed director of communications. In her wide-ranging journalism career, Labbé-DeBose has worked as an international correspondent and written extensively about education reform and charter schools. Labbé-DeBose’s first day at the board will be May 14.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will consider the following policies at a public hearing during its next monthly meeting on Monday, May 21, 2012. The policies are: Assess School Oversight Fee on All of a School’s Public Revenues, (view the presentation on this policy here) and Amend Charter Agreement to Allow Single Campus Closures. The policies may be reviewed on the PCSB website or call the offices to request a copy.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) voted April 23rd to approve four applications to create new public charter schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed charter schools are: Community College Preparatory Academy; Ingenuity Prep; Sela (formally DC Hebrew Language) and Somerset Preparatory Academy.

Time and time again Council Chair Kwame Brown has proven to be a strong ally of education and, in particular, charter schools. We appreciate his support this week in approving the supplemental appropriation for charter schools.

Four-year graduation rates released today by Washington D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) show that 80 percent of public charter high school students from the class of 2011 graduated on time. This percentage approaches the rates of neighboring, affluent suburbs such as Fairfax and Montgomery County Public Schools.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will consider the following policies at a public hearing during its next monthly meeting on Monday, April 23, 2012. The policies are: Charter Amendment Policy; Attendance and Discipline Data Policy, and Revisions to the Performance Management Framework Guidelines.

The list of independent certified public accountants and accounting firms selected for the 2012-13 Approved Auditor List (AAL) is now posted on the PCSB's website.

The DC Public Charter School Board invites the public to participate in the public hearings on the applications to establish public charter schools in Washington, DC.