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CHPSPO Meeting Notes – June 20, 2017

Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street, SE

June 20, 20176:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

SBOE Update – Joe Weedon, Ward 6 SBOE Representative

  1. Additional funding allocated by DC Council

When council added additional funding to schools, came w/ a directive to put money into local schools. Chancellor committed that $$ would go to schools and would reinstitute cuts. How to ensure this will happen?

  • Budget changes should be announced via LSATs
  • Council called for DCPS to issue report by September 30

2. ESSA Advisory Task Force,

  • Chair of task force is Lanette Woodruff – Ward 4
  • ESSA over-emphasized ELA, Math; did not emphasize public process going forward for outstanding items
  • Task force to work w/ OSSE on those outstanding items: science assessment, school climate pilot, develop system to measure growth in high schools. These outstanding ESSA elements to be sorted out while school report card (likely to come out at year 2 of new state rankings) is under development. The items should align w/ what is used for accountability;
  • Represents all Ed entities: DCPS, DC PCS, OSSE Superintendent, individual schools, teachers, Ward Ed councils, business leaders and policy experts, community activists, 25 voting members who will work to approve recommendations; 2-3 seats reserved for parents
  • Over course of next year – monthly meetings for different topics related to the outstanding elements. Developing schedule and identifying speakers, experts, etc.
  • Changes for ESSA need to come from OSSE (w/ SBOE vote)
  • Application for task force participation will going up in next week or so on https://sboe.dc.gov/

3.  High School Graduation Task Force; https://sboe.dc.gov/gradreqs

  • Open application for high school graduation task force; looking at HS graduation requirements and identifying ways to be more flexible to meet student needs
  • DC has some of highest requirements in nation for HS grad; very prescriptive – hoping for more flexibility: https://sboe.dc.gov/gradreqs
    • Ideas: computer coding could count as world language and science credit
    • How to better prepare students for college or career
      • Align skills w/ growth in local economy: what are key elements we need to build into curriculum?
    • Board is willing to listen and bring in a wide range of stakeholders

 

Does Ward 6 need an education strategic plan?

  • Ward 3 working on overcrowding issues; unclear how the formal structure w/ DCPS was initiated
  • Ward 7 – Opposite issue of Ward 3, as many kids go to Ward 6 (and other wards) schools
    • Recently sent letter to DME, PCSB, DCPS to engage w/ them re: charter schools. Have abundance of charters, making them defacto neighborhood schools. DC Prep and KIPP in last few months, have asked for enrollment increases, adding 4000 new seats (2 elementary schools (ES), 1 middle school (MS), 1 high school (HS)
      • Public Charter School Board recently denied DC Prep’s ES
      • KIPP approved for HS, and withdrew ES and MS applications
  • Ward 6
    • Maury overenrolled and about to be renovated while Miner is under-enrolled
    • Eliot-Hine and Jefferson under-enrolled
    • Overcrowding at PreK3-PreK4; many go to Appletree as a result
    • Eastern enrollment has dropped from 1066 to <900 projected for next year.
    • Enough big picture issues facing Ward 6 that warrants planning discussion
    • Claudia Lujan just selected to be director of strategic planning for DCPS – has history with Ward 6 in willingness to listen
    • How are additional Prek-3/PreK-4 classrooms granted?
      • Ward 3 is focused on facilities
      • Experience w/ facilities planning w/ DCPS shows inputs are:
        • Expected retention?
          • DCPS’ numbers are artificially low and dated
        • Facilities meet requirements?
      • Discussion re: needs
        • Need for predictability and stability around enrollment and budgets
        • Need alignment in the feeder pattern from elementary to middle to high school, e.g., begin preparing students from beginning in “Eastern Way”
        • We say we have a system of schools, but not preparing them for what’s next
        • DCPS reluctance is re: we have to teach the students who are here today – schools need vision around what they want to be excellent at
        • IB à MYP à pulls from ES, but need to be articulated in that way
        • How to convince DCPS to sell the schools and the community of schools?
        • Need for schools to talk; parents should be able to match a school w/ children’s needs and interests; schools should coordinate around strengths, weaknesses, resources; good to keep children within the system
        • Need to be better about branding
        • Invite representative from Ward 3 Education Council to future CHPSPO meeting to discuss the working group on overcrowding

 

Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet

  • https://dcps.dc.gov/page/chancellors-parent-cabinet
  • application period through June 30
  • Encourage Ward 6 parents to apply
  • A critical responsibility of cabinet members is to disseminate discussions w/ community and to engage community in providing input into issues raised w/in cabinet

 

CHPSPO Officer Positions Elections (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Walk-to-School Coordinator, Bike-to-School Coordinator) – election in September 19, 2017 meeting.

Next CHPSPO Meeting: July 18, 2017

 

Upcoming Events

Twitter Town Hall with Chancellor Wilson

Thursday, June 22, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, #AskChantwan

 

Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force

Tuesday, June 27, EducationCounsel (101 Constitution Ave, NW, Suite 900)

 

Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet

 Application can be found online at bit.ly/dcpsparentcabinet. Applications are due by 11:59 on June 30.

 

Capitol Hill Independence Day Parade

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

 

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CHPSPO Meets Tuesday, June 20, at Payne – (come early for interview with Japanese newspaper)

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 pm at Payne Elementary (1445 C Street, SE). We will be joined by Joe Weedon, the Ward 6 State Board of Education (SBOE) representative, who will be discussing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Advisory Task Force that is being formed by the SBOE.

We’ll also be discussion the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet being formed (see below), whether Ward 6 should be engaging with DCPS to discuss issues facing our ward (overcrowding, need for more PK3 and PK4 programs, middle schools, etc.), and upcoming CHPSPO elections.

NOTE: Tomoko Ashizuka, a correspondent for Nikkei Newspapers of Japan, is writing about school choice program and education policy. She is looking to interview parents about the role of parent engagement. If you are interested in participating, please arrive early (6PM) to meet Tomoko.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meeting Tuesday, May 16, at Maury

CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 pm at Maury Elementary. We will be joined by Claudia Lujan who will be discussing the DCPS Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders Initiative. We will also discuss the ESSA Advisory Task Force the State Board of Education is forming, and discuss holding elections to fill officer positions for CHPSPO.

Please continue to encourage your school communities to sign the Petition to the DC Council supporting a 3.5% increase in the uniform per student funding formula. It is important to sign the petition soon as the Council will be voting on the budget the end of May. Currently, there are 821 signatures on the petition. Here is the link to the Petition — http://bit.ly/2q91FI3. Also, here is a Washington Post op-ed about the need for the budget increase — http://wapo.st/2pvw6JH

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO Meets April 25 at Miner

Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization members,

I hope everyone had a restful spring break. CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 pm at Miner Elementary (601 15th St. NE). We will be joined by Denise Fraction and Sherry Holland-Senter with the AARP Foundation Experience Corps who will be discussing their literacy tutoring program from grades K – 3, Ivy Ken who will be updating us on food service issues, and Catharine Bellinger who will share information with us about Democrats for Education Reform (DFER).

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Suzanne Wells

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CHPSPO meets Tuesday, March 21 at Stuart Hobson

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, March 21 at Stuart Hobson Middle School (410 D Street, NE) in Room 108. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will join us for the meeting. We will also be joined by Joe Weedon, Ward 6 State Board of Education, who will be discussing the OSSE School Accountability/State Plan that is scheduled for a SBOE vote on March 22. We’ll also be discussing potential changes to the school mental health program, the April 11 Community Engagement Session with Chancellor Wilson and Bike-to-School Day.

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Suzanne Wells

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Caryn Ernst Testimony – ESSA – State Board of Education – March 15 2017

Testimony of Caryn Ernst
State Board of Education
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
School Accountability Measures
March 15, 2017

Dear SBOE Members,

Thank you for developing ten outstanding recommendations for changes to the Every Students Succeeds Act draft accountability plan. Your ten recommended changes are an excellent reflection of the diverse and extensive feedback you gathered through community meetings, conversations and testimony.

More importantly, your recommendations provide thoughtful guidance for OSSE on how to construct an accountability system that corrects the deep flaws of NCLB and meets the intentions of the ESSA requirements to broaden accountability by adding to test scores and graduation rates indicators of “school quality or student success.” As the U.S. Department of Education noted – “[this requirement] presents an opportunity for States to develop robust, multi-measure accountability systems that help districts and schools ensure each student has access to a well-rounded education [.]”

As your recommendations make clear, OSSE’s current proposal relies on measures developed under NCLB and continues the many flaws of NCLB that have resulted in our schools becoming increasingly segregated with a persistent achievement gap.

IF OSSE incorporates your recommendations, the District will have an opportunity to reverse those damaging trends. However, during the public meetings OSSE seemed disinclined to commit the time and effort required to adapt its approach to create a new robust, multi-measure accountability system that ensures each student has access to a well-rounded education.

I urge you to reject any proposal from OSSE that does not incorporate all ten of your thoughtful and strategic recommendations.

As you know well, OSSE does not need to submit this proposal in April and has the time to incorporate all of your changes before the September deadline. There is no downside to you rejecting an incomplete proposal in March, but significant downsides to you capitulating to OSSE’s narrow and simplistic measures of school quality.

I applaud your willingness to gather robust feedback from your constituents and your ability to translate that feedback into a comprehensive and strategic approach to measuring school accountability. But all of that effort will have been wasted if you accept a plan from OSSE that doesn’t reflect the results of the hard work and commitment that you and your constituents have shown to getting this right.

Your guidance to the OSSE plan has been one of the most important roles that you serve as an elected school board and your vote on OSSE’s plan will be the most important action you take, as the school accountability system impacts every aspect of the education of every child in the District.

As your constituents, we urge you to do the right thing by our schools and our children by voting NO to an OSSE accountability proposal that does not incorporate all ten of your excellent recommendations.

I offer my most sincere appreciation for your dedication and hard work.

Caryn Ernst
DCPS parent, Ward 6 resident