CHPSPO Meeting Notes – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015,  6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, OSSE

Learn more about the waiver here.

  • By end of March, DC needs to submit updated ESEA flexibility waiver
  • The substantive updates in this draft application include:
    • DC’s transition to the Next Generation Assessments (NGAs);
    • Increased flexibility to take high school level courses in middle school;
    • Updated language related to OSSE’s State System of Support (SSOS);
    • A requested pause in school classification during the assessment transition; and
    • A proposed pause in the use of state assessment growth data for teacher evaluations.
  • Opportunity to influence:
    • Role of Assessments, how much we are assessing students
    • Accountability plans
      • Types of resources schools should get vis a vis school rankings
    • Role of IMPACT
  • End of summer, vote for new accountability framework
  • OSSE committed to have meaningful public engagement
  • OSSE’s support of students w/ disabilities (who qualify for any sort of IEP)
  • OSSE will ask teachers/Principals these types of Qs
  • Grants avail through this process for research
  1. Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings – Schedule here.

ACTION: Encourage families to attend working groups and hearings.

  • Questions to consider:
    • Too much testing??
    • How are teachers being evaluated? Are they being evaluated fairly? How do we get the best teachers in our schools and keep them?
    • How are students with disabilities being supported?
    • What was impact of the Proving What’s Possible/Student Satisfaction funding?
    • Is the at-risk funding truly following the at-risk students?
    • How is DCPS marketing its schools? How are the feeder patterns being promoted?  How are 4th graders being engaged at the middle schools?  Charter schools are out-marketing DCPS with fact sheets and open houses.
    • Have assessments been done on impact of ½ time foreign language teachers in elementary schools?
  1. Possible CHPSPO/ANCs meeting with Deputy Mayor for Education to discuss education issues from our community’s perspective.
  • Will reach out to ANCs to find dates. Sandra will contact 6b, Marty 6d, and Joe 6e.
  • Modernization of our middle schools is an issue to discuss with the DME.
  1. Libraries update by Peter Macpherson

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  March 17, 2015

Upcoming Events

 

February 21     10 to 11:30 am, Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E Street NE. 

Meeting hosted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on the role of testing in our schools, how to close achievement gaps, and how to improve the quality of instruction for all students. This conversation is designed to get the public’s input on important topics in advance of the State Board of Education voting in March on a waiver to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

March 7           SWS Auction

March 13         Cluster Rocks Auction

March 14         Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser

March 28         Maury at the Market

April 11           Anacostia Fish Bike Festival

May 6              Bike to School Day

May 17            Capitol Hill Classic

Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings on FY 14/15

Wednesday, 2/18/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Public Charter School Board
  • Bullying Prevention Taskforce
  • Healthy Youth and Schools Commission

Thursday, 2/19/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Public Witnesses Only)

Tuesday, 2/24/2015, 10:00am, Room 500

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Government Witnesses Only)

Thursday, 3/5/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • State Board of Education

Tuesday, 3/10/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Deputy Mayor for Education
  • District of Columbia Public Library System

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Christina Henderson, chenderson@dccouncil.us, or by calling 202-724-8191.

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CHPSPO Meets Tuesday, February 17

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at a private home. We will be discussing the ESEA waiver, upcoming education hearings, Living Classrooms, and CHPSPO priorities for the coming year. I will send a final agenda around on Tuesday morning.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. Stay warm!

Suzanne Wells

021715 CHPSPO Agenda

DC Council Committee on Education – Oversight Hearings on FY 2014-15

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Oversight Hearings on Fiscal Year 2014-2015

The Committee on Education (http://dccouncil.us/committees/committee-on-education) will conduct Performance Oversight Hearings; the following agencies will testify:

Wednesday, 2/18/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Public Charter School Board
  • Bullying Prevention Taskforce
  • Healthy Youth and Schools Commission

Thursday, 2/19/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Public Witnesses Only)

Tuesday, 2/24/2015, 10:00am, Room 500

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Government Witnesses Only)

Thursday, 3/5/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • State Board of Education

Tuesday, 3/10/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Deputy Mayor for Education
  • District of Columbia Public Library System

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Christina Henderson, chenderson@dccouncil.us, or by calling 202-724-8191.

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Thank you to CM Charles Allen’s staff for helping us to keep track of these.

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ANC 6C Grant Writing Seminar February 7

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

On February 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., ANC 6C is hosting a grant writing seminar for non-profit organizations. The seminar will be at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 1st floor conference room, 700 2nd St., NE.

The ANC 6C typically awards grants that range from $500 – $2,500. Larger grant requests may be considered, but must demonstrate significant lasting impact to the ANC 6C community. The deadline for this grant cycle is March 15, 2015.

The ANC 6C funds projects that benefit ANC 6C community members. Applicants do not need to be located in our ANC. ANC 6C’s boundaries are Florida Ave north of L, 8th Street east of Florida, East Cap between 8th and New Jersey, First Street south of North Cap, North Cap south of New York, New York north of North Capitol (see a map of their boundaries on www.anc6c.gov.

Suzanne Wells

ANC 6C Workshop Flyer 020715.docx

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – December 16, 2014

Tyler Elementary School, Art Room, 1001 G St., SE

December 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. A representative from OSSE did not attend the meeting to discuss the extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver.  They will be invited to the January meeting.
  2. DCPS Education Councils Meeting – DCPS held a meeting in December with representatives from the education councils from all eight wards.  CHPSPO was represented by George Blackmon (Maury), Samantha Caruth (J.O. Wilson and Stuart Hobson), Mandla Deskins (Payne), and Suzanne Wells (Tyler).  The main topics discussed were the FY15/16 school budgets, and a new Young Men of Color initiative DCPS is undertaking.  We discussed that we expect to vary who from CHPSPO attends future meetings based on the topics and interests of CHPSPO members.
  3. DCYOP – Joe Weedon mentioned that the DC Youth Orchestra Program is looking for a home for a summer camp they are planning.  They will need five to eight classrooms, and a performing space.  It is a two-week camp in July.  The camp will be for pre-school through 5th grade.  The DCYOP recently received a grant to develop a string curriculum.
  4. Levine School of Music – Joe also mentioned a meeting that the Levine School of Music held to discuss how they can help bring musical instruction into the schools (band, string and choral).  Representatives from Eastern, Maury, Tyler, Payne, Stuart Hobson, and Jefferson attended the meeting.
  5. Challenger Center – Joe said the Challenger Center is working to put together a delegation to meet with DCPS to discuss a space use agreement.  Eliot Hine and Jefferson are potential sites.
  6. State Board of Education Priorities – Joe Weedon is our newly elected Ward 6 representative to the State Board of Education.  Joe explained that some current roles of the State Board of Education are developing graduation requirements and serving as an advocate for parents.

    Some suggestions we gave Joe for future work for the State Board of Education are:

  • Look at whether funding follows the student, e.g., at-risk youth funding and funding for students who leave a school after the audited enrollment date;
  • Look at the small school cutoff, and what impact it has had in DCPS. The small school cutoff number has been rising in recent years, i.e., from 250 to now 400. How do other systems handle staffing critical positions at small schools, e.g., librarians, art & music, world languages?  What are the impacts of the staffing formula when looked at in light of the per student allocation?
  • Look at transparency in spending between the charter schools and DCPS.
  • Look at the new elementary world language instruction. Is DC implementing programs that have proven results in other settings? Is the current structure of world language instruction a good use of resources? What can DCPS do to support increasing desire for dual language instruction?

7. Art sculptures – Marty Welles shared how Amidon Bowen used some of their Proving What’s Possible grants to fund an artist, Kevin Reese, to work with K – 2nd grade students to build a moveable sculpture that is outside the entrance of the school.  The project cost $20K.  A second project is planned for 3rd – 5th graders.  Visit schoolsculptures.com to see examples of the projects.  The sculpture outside of Amidon Bowen says this is a school that people care about, and where good things are happening.

8. 3rd grade sports participation.  Marty also discussed his efforts to get DCPS to allow 3rd graders to compete in the school sports.  More to come on this issue.

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  January 20, 2015

Upcoming Events

March 7           SWS Auction

March 13         Cluster Rocks Auction

March 14         Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser

March 28         Maury at the Market

May 17            Capitol Hill Classic

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CHPSPO Meets Tuesday, December 17 at Tyler ES

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Tyler Elementary (1001 G Street, SE). Attached is the agenda for our meeting.

Many of you know that George Arlotto, a parent who lives on Capitol Hill, was selected earlier this year to be the Superintendent of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. This week he delivered his recommendations for his school system’s FY16 Operating and Capital Budget. I’ve included a link to his remarks because he is a strong and clear voice for public education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L__oL9ENiQ&feature=youtu.be

Finally, I hope you read the editorial in today’s Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/where-are-the-public-benefits/2014/12/12/db94ac04-7b14-11e4-b821-503cc7efed9e_story.html) about a proposal to turn a 40-acre asphalt lot at RFK Stadium into a youth sports park that would provide much needed recreational space in our city.

See you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

121614 CHPSPO Agenda.docx

Payne ES Modernization – REPROGRAMMING IN JEOPARDY: PLEASE ACT NOW!

Dear Payne ES Community:

As you may know, we received exciting news this week that Mayor Gray transmitted a reprogramming to the Council to fund the completion of Payne’s modernization project, including critical improvements for special education students and fourth and fifth graders, as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If approved, this reprogramming will bring to an end this year’s “tale of two schools,” where some students have modernized classrooms and some students do not, and where physically disabled students, parents and community members continue to have to navigate a school without an elevator or sufficient ramps.  We understand that one parent is not able to visit her child’s classroom because the school does not have an elevator.

Unfortunately, the Council may block the reprogramming.  We understand that Ward 7 Council Member Alexander either has or is planning to introduce a disapproval resolution that will delay or block the reprogramming because it moves funds from a future Ward 7 capital project and directs them to the Payne and Stanton ES projects (a Ward 8 school that is also in need of additional dollars to complete its modernization).  We understand and respect Council Member Alexander’s position, but we strongly believe that improving the learning environment of CURRENT Payne students NOW is a more critical need than funding construction of a new building that is still only in the planning stages.  You can learn more about the reprogramming here:

http://lims.dccouncil.us/Download/32935/REPROG20-0269-Introduction.pdf

Please help ensure that the reprogramming is approved by contacting all 12 Council Members ASAP!  You can send them the following message.  Please also use social media to get the word out.

Their email addresses and telephone numbers are listed below.

twells@dccouncil.us

Council Member Wells: 724-8072

dcatania@dccouncil.us

Council Member Catania: 724-7772

kmcduffie@dccouncil.us

Council Member McDuffie: 724-8028

pmendelson@dccouncil.us

Chairman Mendelson: 724-8032

jgraham@dccouncil.us

Council Member Graham: 724-8181

jevans@dccouncil.us

Council Member Evans: 724-8058

mcheh@dccouncil.us

Council Member Cheh: 724-8062

mbowser@dccouncil.us

Council Member Bowser: 724-8052

yalexander@dccouncil.us

Council Member Alexander: 724-8068

vorange@dccouncil.us

Council Member Orange: 724-8174

dgrosso@dccouncil.us

Council Member Grosso: 724-8105

abonds@dccouncil.us

Council Member Bonds: 724-8064