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Jun 28, 2012
With the end of the school year and public charter school graduation ceremonies in full swing, June was already going to be a busy month for the DC public charter community. But with the DC government making headlines too, public charter schools and the issues they face made the news frequently this month. For a quick review of the relevant articles, here are a few articles that are worth your time!
D.C. Budget: Charter Facilities Pay in Flux (The Washington Post, 6/4/12)
This article describes how the DC Council failed to maintain public charter school funding of $3,000 per student as mandated by law. In the past, the DC government has relied on three-sector funding, meant to fund the DC Voucher program, DCPS, and DC public charter schools, to attain the $3,000 from the Education Department. However, the Department wants fewer three-sector funds used toward this end, contending that it should be used to increase student achievement more directly.
May 29, 2012
DC public charter schools continue to make headlines for their achievements. May’s relevant articles tell just part of the story of how far public charters have advanced DC public education in spite of the adversities they face. Here are five particular pieces that we recommend!
D.C. Charters Shortchanged Again, With No End in Sight (The Washington Examiner, 5/1/12)
In his OpEd, FOCUS Executive Director Robert Cane warns against labeling the Mayor’s latest public charter allocations as supplemental funding. In fact, he points to how these funds were rightfully owed to the charter community due to increased summer school and special education enrollment.
May 23, 2012
Once again this year Mayor Gray’s proposed budget underfunds the public charter school facilities allowance. This underfunding will play havoc with charter school budgets and make it harder for charters to get bank loans to acquire and renovate school space. The D.C. Council can fix this problem by coming up $3.2 million by June 5 to include in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
Show your support for D.C. public charter schools by calling and emailing your school's ward councilmember and each of the at-large councilmembers, starting with Kwame Brown. Tell them that the council should fully fund the charter school facilities allowance.
Also, tell them that the Council should fix the school funding law by including amendments in the Budget Support Act requiring that all funding for public charter school and DCPS operations should flow through the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula.
May 14, 2012
Amid D.C. Council deliberations over Mayor Vincent Gray’s $77 million supplemental spending package, the District’s public charter schools have been left reeling. A recent series of political maneuvers will dearly cost the students of these publicly funded schools.
Rumors spread before the council’s vote on the mayor’s supplemental package. Among the more serious included a suggestion that charter schools’ quarterly payments from the city might be stopped unless the council voted on the spending package.
Sadly, this is merely the latest example of adults playing politics with children’s education in the District.
Recently, in an announcement made hours before the mayor spoke at an annual gathering of D.C.’s public charter school community, his office announced $9.4 million for charters to cover “spending pressures” — wrongly implying charters had overspent their funds.
May 07, 2012
At the latest Youth Town Hall held by the Mayor, as the PCYLC councilmembers kept asking the Mayor questions about fair funding that he was dodging, one of the PCYLC asked Mayor Gray, “Mr. Mayor, why would you hold these events if you won’t listen to us?”
May 02, 2012
As the District of Columbia Council considered Mayor Vincent Gray's $77 million supplemental spending package last week, rumors began flying. One was that D.C. public charter schools' quarterly payment from the city might be stopped unless the council approved the mayor's package.
May 01, 2012
Clark Ray of OSSE is responsible for setting up a championship game between DC public schools and public charter schools to give public charters the chance to compete. That vision is now one step closer to being realized.
Ray has invited all public charter principals and athletic directors to a meeting on Tuesday, May 1 centered on the topic of charter schools playing for citywide championships this upcoming athletic season. We’re pleased that Ray is meeting with charter leaders to craft a plan moving forward and we applaud him for his leadership.
Apr 30, 2012
If you look over April’s headlines, you’ll find everything from columns on our 3rd Annual Gala (check out our Facebook page for pictures!) to continued debate over the Mayor’s proposed budget to the four charter schools DCPCSB approved to open next year. Here are our suggestions for articles you should review.
Apr 24, 2012
Can you believe it’s almost May? While there won’t be nearly as many open houses in the coming months, there are still many opportunities to visit public charter schools that you think might match well with your family! So, for your review, here’s our list of upcoming open houses.
Apr 06, 2012
With the Mayor’s budget proposal finalized near the end of the month, March was, as anticipated, a busy time for the public charter community. DC public education news covered the lack of financial parity in government policies and the DC government’s inequitable management of unused DCPS buildings. To keep you updated, here are our suggestions to catch you up with the news from last month.