CHPSPO Meeting Notes – December 2018 and January 2019

Miner Elementary School – 601 15th Street, NE

January 15, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


  1. 2019 Performance Oversight and Budget Hearings, Laura Marks and Anne Phelps
  • Budget Presentation. See presentation.
  • Important to make priorities heard by Mayor before it is transmitted to Council (March 20), as agencies are formulating their budget now. Citizen priorities are captured in decisions.
    • Email Jenny Reed (Director, Office of Budget & Performance) , John Falcicchio (Mayor’s Chief of Staff), (see more on slide 19).
    • Look up Mayor’s schedule (
    • Only chairman has scope to re-fund/fund priorities. Typically, this cannot be done at committee level (committees develop recs).
    • Attend hearings:
    • Education-related committee changes:
      • Grosso is chair; Mendelson somewhat co-chairing. Possibly joint hearings for performance and budget – Education; DCPS, DME, OSSE, Library
    • DGS now under Robert White
  • Timing
    • Once Mayor’s budget is transmitted to Council, it will be published on (circa March 20)
    • DCPS has slightly different budget timeline; Council does not engage in school-level budget recommendations on Operating budget. However, Council has some discretion on Capital Budget. (See slide 13)
  • Highlights
    • Of 14.6B, 8B are used locally; education is second largest allocation (18.2%),
    • Of 1.67B Capital budget, DCPS 20.9%
    • DC Public Library – many opportunities for collaboration w/ DCPS, and libraries need adequate budget support
  • Requests:

2. FoodPrints Funding, Jennifer Mampara

  • In 13 schools in all wards but ward 3. In Ward 6: Watkins, Peabody, LT, SWS, Tyler –
  • Funded by OSSE, PTAs, Federal Grants, Private Donors, Indiv School Budgets through contract by DCPS Office of School Nutrition Svcs
  • At the end of the school year, DCPS contract funds will run out, OSSE grants are for kickstarting (not ongoing) programs
  • Requesting from DC Gov, fund existing programs,
  • Letters to Mayor, DME, DCPS advocating for food education programming in schools. High demand
  • Language to include in testimony. See language.

3. Technology Advocacy, Grace Hu

4. Wilson Building Visits, Danica Petroshius

  • Early to mid Feb; refresh on CHPSPO; set agenda
    • ~10 per day + twitter amplifying
  • CHPSPO Strategic Plan
  • STAR Rating

5. Chancellor Selection, Group Discussion

6. It’s time for CHPSPO to change its name (come with ideas for names, new logo, etc.), Group Discussion. Suggestions:

  • Ward 6 Education Council
  • Ward Six Public Schools Parent Organization (WSPSPO)
  • Capital Helpers for Public Schools and Parent Organizing (CHPSPO)
  • Creative Help for Public School and Parent Organizing (CHPSPO)

Next CHPSPO Meeting: February 12, 2019


Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan – 215 G Street, NE, December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Safe Passages Program, Office of the Student Advocate
  • Who is Office of the Student Advocate? See presentation
  • 50% of Ward 6 Requests for Assistance to Student Advocate are re: Safe Passage
  • Parent and Family Go To Guide. See guide.
  • Safe Passage Toolkit
  • Potomac Ave (MPD)
    • MPD Daily juvenile conference call
    • MPD Detail at L’enfant plaza
    • MPD Daily usually start at stadium and l’enfant and follow groups
    • Casual/plain clothes anti-terrorism which focus on Eastern Market and Potomac Ave
    • Fights/violence are priority; fights can turn into robberies
  • MPD Resource Officers focusing on youth advisory council ; suggestions
    • School leaders and school staff present at ‘hot points’ can be a deterrent
    • Lighting the path; stand out on the street between 3-5
    • Advocate for heads of school to join the calls
  • Next Steps: Fulcrum host DME, Office of Student Advocate, MPD, and Potomac Ave community planning around Safe Passage. Contact Tom Kavanaugh

2. LSAT Coordination, Steve Bowen, Payne LSAT

  • What is the best way to coordinate across LSAT members?
    • Mailing list
    • LSAT training in May; alongside with Council budget presentation

3. School Report Card reactions, Group Discussion – Deferred

4. CHPSPO 2019 Strategic Plan Action Items, Danica Petroshius and Suzanne Wells – Deferred

5. Is it time for CHPSPO to change its name?, Group Discussion – Deferred

Next CHPSPO Meeting: January 15, 2019


Upcoming hearings, Performance and Budget Hearing schedules – Jan-Feb 2019

Good afternoon –

The Council’s Performance Oversight and Budget Oversight schedules are now out, so I wanted to pass those along (attached) and flag a few other hearings of interest. Coming up on Friday, the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education will hold a hearing on the issue of At-Risk School Funding in general, and CM Allen’s At-Risk School Funding Transparency bill specifically. We’ve heard from many of you over the years about this issue – we hope you can come out to testify on Friday. Let me know if you have any questions.

Committee of the Whole & Education Public Oversight Roundtable

DATE Friday, February 01, 2019, 09:30 am
LOCATION Wilson Building Room 412 | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, DC, 20004

· At-Risk Funding Transparency

Another date to put on your calendar is the Mayor’s Budget Engagement Forum on February 21 in Ward 6:

Mayor’s Budget Engagement Forum

February 21 | 6:30 pm

Arthur Capper Community Center | 1001 5th Street, SE


On Wednesday evening, there will be the first of three hearings on the nomination of Lewis Ferebee as DCPS Chancellor. The public is invited to testify in person or in writing at any of these three. The Feb 12 one will be the only hearing when we will hear from Mr. Ferebee. The hearing record will close on February 22 – all written testimony must be submitted before then.

Committee of the Whole & Education Public Roundtable:

DATE Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 06:00 pm
LOCATION Ron Brown Boys College Preparatory High School Gymnasium | 4800 Meade St, NE, DC, 20019

· PR23-0067, the “Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee Confirmation Resolution of 2019”

Committee of the Whole & Education Public Roundtable

DATE Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 06:00 pm
LOCATION Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus Cafeteria: 1200 Clifton St. NW Washington, DC 20009

· PR23-0067, the “Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee Confirmation Resolution of 2019”

Committee of the Whole & Education Public Roundtable

DATE Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 02:00 pm
LOCATION Wilson Building Room 412 | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, DC, 20004

· PR23-0067, the “Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee Confirmation Resolution of 2019”

Hope to see you at one of these soon. Let me know if I can be of any help with anything or if you have any questions.



Laura Marks, Chief of Staff

Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6

Chair, Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 110

Washington, DC 20004

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