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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.

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 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 (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 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.

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 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.

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.