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The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) voted, in a special meeting March 12, not to revoke the charter of Community Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS) and to accept CAPCS’ transition plan regarding the closure of their Rand campus. The plan addresses PCSB’s concerns about the composition and number of students, faculty, staff and administrators at the remaining CAPCS campuses and the continued use of the Rand facilities to benefit most students and families who choose to remain within the CAPCS school system.

There will be a special meeting of the DC Public Charter School Board on Monday March 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm. On the agenda is a vote on the proposed revocation of the charter of Community Academy, which the Board postponed pending an agreement between the PCSB and the school regarding the Rand closure process.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) voted February 27 to accept Community Academy Public Charter School’s decision to close its Rand campus at the end of this school year. The PCSB has postponed a vote on the revocation of the charter of Community Academy pending an agreement between the Board and the school regarding the Rand closure process.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) voted February 27 not to revoke the charter of Integrated Design Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School. Instead, the PCSB voted to continue IDEA’s charter based on a “Conditions for Continuance Agreement,” which outlines the school’s ambitious turnaround plan.

The DC Public Charter School Board announced that the audited enrollment count for the 2011-2012 school year is 31,562 – an 8 percent increase over last school year’s enrollment of 29,356.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) thanks DC Council Chair Kwame Brown for his February 7 letter requesting the Mayor to restore the charter school facilities allowance to $3,000. We welcome Chairman Brown’s leadership in support of fair and equal funding for public charter schools.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 11 applications to open new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline. The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2013.

An independent study commissioned by the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) and released today identifies the ten communities across the District with the greatest gap between student demand and supply of high-quality education opportunities in the public system.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will hold an informal public hearing on Thursday February 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm concerning the proposed revocation of the charter for Integrated Design Electronics Academy Public Charter School (“IDEA”). The public hearing will be held at IDEA, located at 1027 45th Street, NE Washington, DC, 20019. The hearing is open to the public.

The Levy report released this week supports the concerns raised by DC charter schools and others about the lack of equitable funding provided to public charter schools. Through our participation on the DC Public Education Finance Reform Commission, and through our work with our partners in the DC Government, the PCSB will continue to work to ensure that every charter school student benefits from the same equitable funding as other public school students.

Washington, DC earned the number one spot in the 2011 charter law rankings released by the Center for Education Reform. The report, The State of Charter Schools: What We Know – and What We Do Not – About Performance and Accountability, cited DC’s model independent board and charter school autonomy.

The DC Public Charter School Board and Community Academy Public Charter School have agreed to postpone the informal public hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today announced that Naomi Rubin DeVeaux has been appointed deputy executive director, replacing Tamara Lumpkin who resigned from her post on Monday.

Tamara Lumpkin, deputy executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) announced today that she will step down from her post effective January 13, 2012. Lumpkin oversaw the growth of the charter school movement in Washington, DC from eight schools to 53 charter schools in PCSB’s portfolio.

Parents, students or teachers considering charter schools for next fall should check out the D.C. Public Charter School Recruitment Expo which takes place Saturday January 7, 2012 from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center.

The 3rd Annual DC Public Charter School Recruitment Expo set for Saturday, January 7th, 2012 (12 noon - 4 p.m.) at the Washington Convention Center will bring together the local charter school community, parents, prospective teachers, community members and vendors.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) voted December 19 to approve proposals to revoke the charters of two schools – Community Academy Public Charter School and Integrated Design Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School.

The Josephine Baker Awards for Charter School Excellence commemorate and celebrate DC Public Charter Schools for their excellence, growth and non-traditional approach in education. The DC Public Charter School Board will honor all the high performing charter schools at a red carpet reception and awards ceremony. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will also be honored for his work with charter schools.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has selected Scott Pearson to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. Pearson, a District resident, brings impressive credentials to the position.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today announced the results of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance.

Today, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) releases the results of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance...Non-standard schools (early education, adult education, and the school serving 100 percent special needs students), which did not take the DC CAS, are also evaluated based on student progress, student achievement and gateway and specific measures.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his education team will join DC Public Charter School Board Chair Brian W. Jones to announce the list of high performing charter schools.

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, November 10th 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. Another information session will be held on December 7, 2011.

The DC Public Charter School Board announced that the unaudited enrollment count for the 2011-2012 school year is 32,009, a nine percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 29,366.

On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the District of Columbia submitted an application to the US Department of Education as part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.