PCSB Celebrates National Charter Schools Week; Hosts Reception and Community Discussion

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
Washington, D.C. — During National Charter Schools Week May 1-7, national charter school advocates are descending on Capitol Hill to focus on charter school accomplishments and ongoing efforts to drive public education reform and close the achievement gap. More than 1.6 million children attend approximately 4,900 public charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia.  Today, the Council of the District of Columbia proclaimed May 1-7 D.C. Charter Schools Week.

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is playing its part as an authorizer of one of the largest charter school sectors in the nation by hosting a discussion on the Role of Quality and Innovation in D.C. Charter Schools on Thursday, May 5th at 5:30pm – 7:30 pm.  The discussion and reception will be held at the Board’s offices at 3333 14th Street, NW, 2nd Fl Conf. Room (1 block north of Columbia Heights Metro).  The Board welcomes education leaders, community members and elected officials to share their vision of great charter schools for their communities and the city.

Board members will be visiting charter schools this week and participating in activities sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.publiccharters.org)

In 1997 when the PCSB’s volunteer board members were appointed, they were assigned the role of change agents and set out to provide quality public school options for DC students, families and communities through a comprehensive application process, effective oversight, meaningful support and active engagement of its stakeholders.  Fourteen years later, the PCSB serves as the sole authorizer of 52 public charter schools on 93 campuses serving more than 29,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools serve approximately 39% of all public school students in Washington, D.C. Learn more about PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com.