The fight for fair funding is picking up. Accordingly, many of February’s DC education headlines show that DC public charter schools, given their achievements and innovations, are excelling. Unfortunately, others highlight obstacles toward our vision of funding parity between traditional public schools and public charters. Here’s our review of last month’s news.
Another busy month for DC public charter open houses is on the horizon! We’ve got you covered with the list of schools that will be holding open house events in March.
Many of these dates were obtained from DCPCSB’s website. Some of the scheduled times for the open houses are available from their site as well, so be sure to click on the link to find out!
Achievement Prep PCS: March 6 and March 22
“Public Education Finance Reform in the District of Columbia: Uniformity, Equity, and Facilities” and PEFRC (Part 1 of 2)
Here at FOCUS, we believe that every DC student, regardless of which public school they attend, deserves the same treatment and the same opportunities. Sadly, DC government policies impede this vision by valuing DCPS students over public charter students through disproportionate funding.
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Between kicking off the year with another successful Public Charter School Recruitment Expo and fighting for fair funding at the Committee of the Whole’s public roundtable, January was a pretty busy month for us here at FOCUS.
To show you what we mean, what follows is just a taste of last month’s media coverage of the issue that took center stage in January’s DC education headlines: public charter school equity. These articles are excellent resources for getting caught up with the debate, too, so we’ve linked to where you can find them!
Did you know that Twitter is host to an ongoing, vibrant education reform conversation? Following education reformers on Twitter is a great way to catch up with current educational debates on the local and national level.
Sometimes the trouble can be figuring out where to start. That’s why we’re offering our own suggestions of who to follow! Below is a sampling of some of our favorite education tweeters, with one list dedicated to DC reformers and another to reformers addressing countrywide educational issues.
Now that it’s February, we’re closing in on DC public charter school enrollment deadlines. There’s still plenty of time to get caught up and check out what public charter schools have to offer in order to make the best decision for your family! This month’s offering of public charter school open house dates is provided below.
FOCUS is forming a Youth Leadership Council to help public charter students get involved in our advocacy efforts. We’re excited to announce the DC Public Charter Youth Leadership Council, and we invite ALL 6th – 12th grade DC public charter school students to apply!
Chairman Kwame Brown and the Committee of the Whole held a public rountable hearing on Tuesday to hear from the community regarding a budget request from Mayor Gray. The Mayor requested to provide DCPS with $25 million in 2012 supplemental funding to cover "spending pressures" with no proportional supplemental funding for your schools. FOCUS mobilized the DC public charter school community to fight to ensure that charter school kids get their fair share of the funding. It was a huge success. Watch the video:
The next meeting of the DC Public Education Finance Reform Commission (Commission) will be held this Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 PM in the Petworth Public Library. The address is 4200 Kansas Ave NW. Parking is available, as is convenient access to the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro (Green/Yellow line).