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CHPSPO Meets January 15 @ Miner Elementary

Hope everyone is enjoying the snow day! CHPSPO will meet on January 15 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Miner Elementary (601 15th St., NE). This will be our annual budget discussion, and Laura Marks, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Allen, and Anne Phelps, Budget Counsel at Office of the Budget Director, will join us for the discussion. We will also be discussing the ongoing advocacy for technology funding led by Grace Hu, the efforts to secure funding for FoodPrints, and upcoming visits to the Wilson building. We will also discuss the upcoming confirmation of the next DCPS Chancellor. Finally, we are seriously considering changing CHPSPO’s name, and everyone is invited to share ideas for a new name and logo at the meeting.

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Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meets tonight – Tuesday, December 18 @ Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan (215 G Street, NE)

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Members,

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, December 18, at Capitol Hill Montessori (215 G Street, NE). We will be joined by representatives from the Office of the Student Advocate for a discussion of the Safe Passages to Schools program. We will also be discussing promoting collaboration among the LSATs at our schools, reactions to the release of the school report cards, and the CHPSPO strategic action items for 2019.

Also, if anyone would like a Save Shaw Middle School yard sign to show your support for our neighbors in the Shaw community as they advocate for a by-right middle school, you can e-mail saveshawms to request a yard sign.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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Strategic Plan Action Items 2019.docx

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – November 19, 2018

Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street, SE
November 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1. DDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program (https://ddot.dc.gov/saferoutes), Amber Gove.

Steps to getting DDoT support for traffic issues

1)    Traffic safety investigation via 311 ticketà https://311.dc.gov/

2)    Traffic calming petition – 75% of houses on block(s) need to sign à https://ddot.dc.gov/page/traffic-calming-and-traffic-safety-101 (scroll to bottom)

3)    ANC submits petition. (Reach out to traffic committee at ANC)

4)    DDoT to collect data – need to follow up to learn when the data will be collected – is it representative? (See process, per DDOT here). 

  • DDoT will give average – ask for microdata
    • Data will enable conversation, should DDoT agree action is required
    • Lamont Hinton is contact from MPD (if camera speed/tickets are warranted); only tickets at 11 miles over speed limit

Lessons:

  • Constitute a committee at PTA/SIT
    • Try to include community members outside of the school
    • Leverage ANC
    • School leadership participation is critical
    • School culture needs to be addressed, as much as infrastructure changes
  • Schools can take on own measures while safe routes plans are implemented. For example, Tyler ES uses cones to create curb extensions to calm traffic

Contacts:

Other: Daytime School Parking Zone Act may need additional advocacy

 

2. OSSE School Report Cards, Chloe Woodward-Magrane

New OSSE School Report Cards, featuring STAT rating will be released in December 2018

  • All data/metrics used to generate the STAR rating are listed and defined.
  • Majority of data will be coming from previous year.  Contact data, etc will come from current year

Discussion:

Q: Will data be disaggregated by program (schools like Tyler ES have 3 programs). A: No, but schools can share this data.

Q: There will likely to be 1 or 2 STAR schools in Ward 6. We’re concerned about this creating a cycle of parents not wanting to send students to schools with 1 or 2 STARS, affecting enrollment. What is message schools should give to families? A: OSSE is working w/ school leaders to know and understand own data; schools should ID bright spots when they are talking about their schools;

Q: What is OSSE doing to support schools that are rated 1 or 2? (STAR is a 1-5 point rating). What is OSSE prepared to do; how is it thinking about school improvement? Where is support for schools outside of the bottom 5% (no clear answer given by OSSE on this Q)? A: OSSE is identifying and putting forward 11M over 3 years grant available to schools in need of comprehensive support – $1M/school; schools must apply, but the amount is reserved only for the bottom 5% of schools. OSSE is working closely with LEAs to ensure grants are in alignment with school-level interventions.

Tenets of OSSE grants:

1- People: how are we supporting people/educators; leadership; training

2- Instruction; instructional practices in school, plan

3- Structures: ex: way you are organizing building (ex: academies; grade bands; supports/autonomies)-

Q: How can we move towards metrics that gauge school quality. A:  disagree that measures do not gauge quality. Examples- median growth percentile; growth proficiency; subgroups compare to subgroups (ex: students w/ disability), not to the whole population;

Next Steps: OSSE come back early next year.

 

3. Open Discussion with Paul Kihn, Acting Deputy Mayor of Education

DME Thematic priorities

  1. Reducing achievement gap
    • Influencing factors: 2 systems and Critical importance of by right neighborhood systems
    • Within DME office: direct influence over LEAs & Indirect influence over libraries, UDC, etc
  2. Building public confidence in public school system

Brief Presentations about current initiatives within CHPSPO community:

  1. Denise Forte: Chancellor Search – working towards a citywide meeting re: vision across all wards on what we want from school system based on equity; by right
  2. Betsy Wolf: Equitable Spending (see data analysis here and embedded below)
    • Equitable spending; ex: at-risk funding spent on special education
    • Charters: data is not available – DCPS serves more at-risk/special ed students than charters
    • Recs: California does a good job w/ funding formula; gives great bump for concentration of poverty
      •  Separate special ed from at risk/funding
      • Need policy folks to connect more closely w/ schools to see how policy plays out on the ground
  3. Suki Lucier: Advocacy for Shaw Middle School
    • Families need clear pathways for neighborhood schools and DCPS/DME need to fulfill commitments to Shaw community
  4. Grace Hu: Technology in DCPS
    • DCPS making good faith effort to inventory state of tech in schools; schools need to train staff on inventory system (by Nov 30) and inventory needs to be done by January. Push is based on need for technology for PARCC testing
    • DCPS considering a proposal to get schools to 1 to 1 ration in 4 years; year 1 for grads 3, 6, 9, year 2 for 3 6 9, year 3, 3 6 9, etc

Discussion:

Q: Chancellor; timing. A: Steering Committee delivered report to mayor and when ready, will pull together stakeholders to continue with process

Q: STAR rating; can we revisit data included in rating? A: Need to share timetable and process for revisions (ex: this rating for 3 years and work on new version over that period, etc?)

Q: Principal contracts (1 year); is DME looking into that? Need stability to ensure strong, quality leadership. A: thinking about as a matter of urgency, that we are attractive as a city

Issue: Improving environmental standards in schools; including improvements of trust and transparency in testing process: requesting parents to be allowed to observe testing.

Issue: Level playing field; moving all schools to start middle school at 6th grade, as charters which start at 5th grade is disruptive.

Q: How will DME work to build trust across ed/school related issues? A: Listening to community. (Transparency was also suggested by group)

4. Next CHPSPO Meeting:

  • December 18, 2018
  • Agenda items proposed: Safe Passages/Routes,

Upcoming Events

  • November 27 (NEW), Committee of the Whole, regular meeting to consider Bill 22-776, “District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018”
  • November 28, DCPS Book Club, 6 pm, Dorothy Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
  • December 8, EdFEST, 11 am – 3 pm, DC Armory
  • December 12, DCPS FY20 Budget Community Forums – RSVP
    • Morning Community Forum: Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45 am at Moten Elementary School – 1565 Morris Road, SE
      Evening Community Forum: Wednesday, December 12 at 6 pm at Janney Elementary School – 4130 Albermarle Street, NW

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CHPSPO Meets Monday, November 19 @ Payne (1445 C St., SE)

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Members,

CHPSPO will meet on Monday, November 19, at Payne Elementary School. We will be joined by Amber Gove, Maury parent who will talk about Safe Routes to Schools, Chloe Magrane-Woodard from OSSE who will share with us the School Report Cards OSSE plans to release in December, and Paul Kihn, Acting DME who will join us for an open discussion.

Hope to see you on Monday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – October 16, 2018

Seaton Elementary School; 1503 10th Street, NW
October 16, 2018; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1. Technology Update, Grace Hu (ghgracehu (at) gmail (dot) com)

Objective is for DCPS to develop a comprehensive technology plan

  • First: need basic access to technology(impacts digital literacy, testing
  • Second: Have DCPS look at how they will fund technology in a way that is sustainable
  • DCPS Technology Challenges and Opportunities (Excerpt from)
    • DCPS has a tech plan but it’s not funded; working on inventory so they know what is at each school; exploring leasing
  • Students testified at Education Committee’s Public Oversight Hearing on Issues Facing District of Columbia Youth on October 15, 2018
  • Next Steps: Without advocacy, not likely to move forward
    • Talk to Councilmembers, email campaign
    • Contact Grace Hu (ghgracehu (at) gmail (dot) com) to share your school’s data and needs re: technology, and to support ongoing advocacy towards comprehensive technology infrastructure across all of DCPS

2. Research Collaborative, Danica Petroshius

Bill pending in council for research collaborative; way for research institute to partner w/ city to support research capacity the city alone cannot support: http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0776?FromSearchResults=true

Background:

  • City administration does not want it, but community wants it
  • City wants pursue this on their own, w/out engagement;
  • Bill moved forward unanimously and expected to pass by Committee of the Whole
  • The collaborative is to be led by a steering committee made up of community members to make decisions around research to be conducted
  • To ensure effectiveness of collaborative, need to focus on:
    • Ensuring steering committee is representative of school community; not just agency members
    • Incubate somewhere in government so it has a real chance to take off; proposed in auditor’s office
    • Create and develop a data warehousing system; to make data transparent and useful while ensuring student/family privacy is protected

3. Shaw Middle School Discussion

Background:

  • Shaw Middle School in 2008 closed and consolidated w/ Garnet-Patterson.
  • Although 54M was put into DC capital budget to renovate the Shaw Middle School, it was not prioritized; instead, funding for Shaw moved to Ward 4 for MacFarland Middle School. Garnett-Patterson closed and students dispersed to Cardozo and School Without Walls/Francis-Steven MS; Center City MS was “to be built” to support feeders in Wards 1,2,5, & 6; CM Allen required DCPS to conduct study on feasibility, but DCPS has not complied

Today

  • At some point around late 2017,  DCPS began considering moving Banneker High School to the Shaw Middle School location. DCPS only engaged the Banneker community on their plans to potentially repurpose the middle school as a high school.  They commissioned a feasibility study that was issued in August 2018, which essentially extolled the virtues of the Shaw site.
  • Community does not support a HS (application) but needs a middle school.
  • ANC6E prepared a resolution and sent to mayor that while would like to accommodate Banneker, will only support it if MS component is built into plan; DCPS needs to be more transparent
    • Top priority from community’s perspective is a middle school serving feeder patterns in schools Wards 1,2,5,6<
    • If there is to be a new Banneker on the Shaw MS site, the community would only consider supporting that if there is a middle school component
    • If there is no middle school component, then ANC will oppose Banneker moving to Shaw Middle School site

Questions/Comments:

  • Q: Where are students going to MS? A: Charters; MacFarland
  • Q: As parent of 5th grader, I need help in figuring out where my daughter will go to MS. What is a good choice? A: Seaton ES is planning a MS fair; provide guidance
  • Neighbors internally are not aligned and w/o having been consulted with by DCPS will not have opportunity to think through implications
  • When people talk about a lack of a middle school the conversation does not flow towards whether Cardozo is viable option (if more resources were to be invested, would it be?)
  • Current Banneker school community, regardless of site/solution, does not want delays
  • Site reflects a massive parking lot;

Next Steps:

  • Key Asks: 1; Delay decision to at least have a discussion w/ community. 2: ask for a middle school
  • Engage community stakeholders: Ward 1,2,5, & 6 education councils; Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE).  Suki Lucier will draft a sign-on letter.

4.  Proposed Mount Vernon PEPCO substation and loss of K St. Farm at Walker-Jones EC (Tiffany Aziz)

  • Health risks to community, Walker-Jones students and educators
  • Does not align with positive development contributing to the economic and social infrastructure of K street
  • Loss of the Farm at Walker Jones community garden
  • More information here: https://www.notinmycommunity.com/who-we-are

5. Next CHPSPO Meeting:

  • November 19, 2018 (NOTE:  This is a Monday)
  • MONDAY, November 19
  • Agenda items proposed: DME Paul Kihn, Safe Passages/Routes, ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion conversations

Upcoming Events

  • Empower Ed Teacher Voice Summit, October 20 (registration required)
  • DC Council Education Committee Hearing – Care of D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018 – October 22: Register to testify.  
  • Feed-the-Feeder Event, October 24
  • Hill-o-Ween, Eastern Market – October 26
  • DC Council Education Committee Hearing – School Safety Act of 2018 and the Student Safety and Consent Education Act of 2018 –Nov. 1: Register to testify.
  • DC Council Education Committee Hearing – DME Confirmation – Nov 8 Register to testify.
  • DC Council Education Committee Roundtable – Plans for Shaw Junior High School Campus and Benjamin Banneker Academic High School – November 15 :Register to testify>

Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org