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At the December 21, 2009 board meeting, the PCSB approved a proposal to change the Approved Charter Applications Opening Timeline Policy.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB), at its December 21st Board meeting deliberated over an array of requests and policy proposals regarding charter schools. Most significant was the decision to approve the request by the leaders of City Collegiate Public Charter School to relinquish their charter effective June 2010.

The PCSB will open two hours late due to weather conditions; the monthly board meeting will start on time at 7:30 pm this evening.

The D.C. public charter school community will host a recruitment expo for parents and teachers interested in charter schools. The D.C. Public Charter School Recruitment Expo will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, from noon – 4:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) plans to form a non-profit entity dedicated to research and development with a focus on charter school governance and best practices. The new venture will officially launch early next year.

The Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will host another information session for prospective charter school applicants on Wednesday, December 9 – a change from the earlier announced date.

Due to a lack of agenda items, the D.C. Public Charter School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2009 has been cancelled.

It is the chance of a lifetime for 85 students of Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School this Thursday, November 5, as they get an opportunity to talk with crewmembers aboard the International Space Station.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today released its 2010 Application Guidelines for establishing a public charter school in the District of Columbia. The guidelines provide guidance to organizations seeking to apply to open a new charter school or convert a traditional, parochial or private school. The application deadline is February 1, 2010. Approved schools would be authorized to open in the fall of 2011.

Teachers and school administrators from five D.C. Public Charter Schools are meeting this week in Washington, D.C. with teachers and administrators from England.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) will welcome Sara Mead as its newest member at its monthly meeting on October 26.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Pierre Vigilance,MD MPH, director of the DC Department of Health today announced locations for a free H1N1 vaccination.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board today announced that the unaudited enrollment count for the 2009-2010 school year is 27,953, just shy of the 28,000 projected enrollment.

D.C. Public Charter School Board Executive Director Josephine Baker joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a tour of D.C. Prep Public Charter School October 13.

The DC Public Charter School Board Offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Kenyatta Stanley

Thirty students and their teachers from Howard University Middle School of Math and Science Public Charter School were feted at a star party at the White House October 7.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today launched a new more user-friendly website as part of its ongoing effort to engage community members, parents, students and other stakeholders interested in D.C.’s public charter school sector.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today launched its new performance management framework (PMF), which advances its already comprehensive accountability system one step further.

Today, the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) released an update on the analysis of the 2008-2009 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DCCAS), administered to eligible D.C. charter schools this past spring.

During its August 17th board meeting, the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) deliberated over an array of proposals and requests regarding charter schools. Most significant was the decision to unanimously approve the request by the leaders of Academia Bilingue de la Communidad (ABC) to relinquish their charter, effective August 30, 2009.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board today announced that preliminary results of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS), the citywide standardized test, show that charter schools achieved significant gains in math and reading proficiency compared to last year, with secondary schools showing the most improvement.

She has been a pioneer and a gentle giant in the charter school movement in the District of Columbia. For that Josephine Baker, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, will be named to the National Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame during the National Charter School Conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School

Procope and Hayes are the first charter school recipients of education awards from the Washington Post. Procope received the Washington Post's 2009 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for public charter schools while Hayes won the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award given to school principals.

The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board invites the public to participate in public hearings on Monday, May 18, 2009 from 7:30 - 8:30 PM