Join fellow DC residents to learn about the DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan 2018 and take part in a workshop in which you can share your ideas and feedback about public school facilities planning in the District at one of the three Public Education Master Facilities Plan community engagements.
The materials and content will be the same at all three engagements. Dates, times, and locations below. Please RSVP at https://dcpubliceducationmfp2018.eventbrite.com.
MFP Community Engagement #1
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St NW
Metro Station: Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow)
MFP Community Engagement #2
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Center City PCS – Capitol Hill Campus, 1503 E Capitol St SE
Closest Metro Station: Stadium/Armory (Blue/Orange/Silver)
MFP Community Engagement #3
Saturday, April 14, 2018
C.W. Harris Elementary School, 301 53rd St SE
Closest Metro Station: Benning Road (Blue/Silver)
For more information, please go to http://dme.dc.gov/MFP2018
Payne Elementary School
November 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brent Diversity Working Group & Town Hall Meeting— Alicia Dorsey, Parent at Brent ES
Provided an overview of the diversity working group and recent town hall on the new efforts targeted at closing the achievement gap at Brent ES. The parent-driven working group started as a way to address concerns around the racial dynamics and inequities at the school. The group determined that an initial focus would be on closing the achievement gap by starting targeted supplemental tutoring for students most in need of academic support.
The program required resources to pay tutors and for other supports from the overall PTA budget. Brent raises about $300K per year so the program leads needed to convey the importance of this program to the whole school in order to get PTA buy-in. They named the program “Rising Tides” to convey that an investment in a smaller group of students would help the entire student body. The PTA did choose to provide support for the tutoring program by funding some outside staff; some internal staff are paid by DCPS through administrative premium. They relaxed the definition of the achievement gap so the net could be cast more broadly, but the program still turned out to serve 100 percent African-American students.
The program is all voluntary, but five teachers rotate through and one teacher provides the coordination. The program runs on T, W, Th with 16-20 students gaining additional instructional time in their days. The first hour is reviewing academic support work and the second hour is focused on structured play and whole child support. They provide homework support (plus snacks) focused primarily on math support. While it is early to see all of the results, the students participating are engaged and responding well.
Parental engagement in the tutoring program— Realize that parental involvement is critical to the success of the program and Brent is still struggling to engage parents. They want to work on some additional ideas for doing so this Spring.
Although the initial goal was to address concerns around poor racial dynamics, the program has done little o really bring the community out in support and underlying racial divisions persist. The Brent town hall meeting was not well attended by Brent families, an indication that support/enthusiasm is generally not high.
Ward 6 Master Facilities Planning— Nancy Huvendick, 21CSF
Received an update on the city’s Master Facilitations Planning (MFP) process and changes that may impact Ward 6. With the PACE (Planning Actively for Comprehensive Education facilities Amendment Act), the Council Ed Committee tasked the deputy mayor for education (DME) with developing a longterm MFP for all publicly funded schools in DC.
In the past, the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was often ad hoc and fluid, and schools that were in the plan did not always stay in the plan because it was very political. The Ed Committee’s plan for how to do the CIP using data and criteria has helped, and is an improvement to how the CIP was handled in the past.
The MFP is behind schedule, but this is not unusual. The PACE Act originally called for it to finished in March 2018 with a budget, but it is now scheduled for completion in June 2018. The MFP scope is ambitious and requires substantial community input, which takes time. The city has not yet selected a contractor.
DME’s guidance memo to LEAs requests charter participation and promises nondisclosure of charter data since the charter sector is autonomous. This makes cross sector planning difficult and the Cross-Sector Task Force has had a hard time establishing a coordinated planning process.
Ward and feeder-based planning is a foundational piece of the MFP. Local knowledge is crucial, especially within the complex sector landscape. Ward 6’s 2010 initiative with middle school planning was an example for Wards 1, 5, and 7. Also pertinent to Ward 6 is that a new PCSB report identifies it as a “green zone” where prospective/expanding charter schools are encouraged to consider opening new charter schools.
Discussion about how the overpopulating in Ward 3 schools and lobbying for expansions impacts the planning process across the city. Concern that the context of “providing more accessibility to higher performing schools” is framing the process and not better utilization of buildings and pushing quality across the city.
Discussion about Miner historic building as one on the list of “vacant but on an active school site,” and interest in exploring ways to ensure the building is utilized to support the community rather than make it into an excess building. Also, raised the importance of maintaining green space even when schools undergo renovations.
Decision to draft a sign-on letter from CHPSPO to invite DCPS and DME to plan with us as they committed to doing. Plan to share the CHPSPO letter with other Ward-based educational councils to see if there is interest in a city-wide letter.
CHPSPO Strategic Planning Proposal — Danica Petroshius and Suzy Glucksman
Discussed a proposal to conduct a half-day retreat in an effort to create a strategic plan for CHPSPO. The purpose is to level set knowledge in the group given the influx of new members, leverage new energy and excitement, and collectively identify future goals and objectives over the next few years. Also, interest in thinking more about how to recognize 15 years of CHPSPO (in 2021) and how to market and celebrate it.
All agreed it would be a great opportunity to do so on a weekend afternoon with potential timing set in late January. If you are interested in helping to plan the retreat, contact Danica or Suzy.
Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force, Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 EdCounsel (101 Constitution Ave, NW, Suite 900)
Chancellor Community Forum, Tuesday, Dec 12, 8:45am – 10:00am, Eastern HS
Next CHPSPO meeting is on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at SWS@Goding (920 F St., NE).
I wanted to get our preliminary agenda out a little early to allow folks to prepare for the meeting. Principals were to have received their school budget allocations for the 2014/2015 school year today. At the meeting next week, we’d like to discuss the school level budgets, and how the actual school budgets match the Mayor and Chancellor’s budget proposals, e.g., to increase middle school funding. If each school could come with a brief summary of their budgets, it would be appreciated. The budget word from Maury Elementary today is that their enrollment in SY14/15 is expected to grow by 32 students, but their budget is only increasing by $101; Maury’s per student funding was $9,761 this year and is projected to drop to $9,461 next year.
We will also be discussing the applications the Public Charter School Board is considering for SY2014, and potential impacts on the Ward 6 schools (see http://www.dcpcsb.org/Start-a-Charter-School/New-Charter-School-Start-Ups.aspx?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PCSB%20News%20Releases&utm_content=Charter+School+Apps+2014). The PCSB expects to hold a public hearing in mid-April on the applications.
Finally, we hope to have a discussion on the recent reallocations of the school modernization funds.
Never a dull moment when it comes to DC education issues!
P.S. Don’t forget to go to the Capitol Hill Cluster School Auction this Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Mayor Vincent Gray joined the CHPSPO community and others in an informal discussion on Ward 6 education issues. Adam Clampitt kicked off the event, introducing the Mayor and Suzanne Wells. CHPSPO’s Suzanne Wells briefed the Mayor and participants on CHPSPO’s role in the Ward 6 Middle School plan. Mayor Gray delivered remarks and shared education plans including expanding the measure of excellence beyond standardized testing, offering education to infants and toddlers, providing in-school special education resources, and commitment to education facilities improvements. Deputy Mayor of Education, De’Shawn A. Wright and Acting State Superintendent, Hosana Mahaley Johnson also addressed the group.
The discussion then turned to Q&A, with questions and requests for support around:
The event and discussion will be televised via the DC Office of Cable Television.
Thank you to Mayor Gray for spending the time with our community and to participants for contributing to the discussion and advocating for our schools.