April 9, 2019
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Theodora Brown & Raenelle Zapata (Ward 5 Council on Education) and Eboni-Rose Thompson (Ward 7 Education Council) – Ward Council priorities and how we can better support each other
We are back! And excited about it!! Please join us Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30pm for our monthly meeting @BrooklandMS! We will spotlight three #Ward5 schools and be joined by @MySchoolDC to discuss the post-lottery process. Hope to see you there!
— Ward 5 Council on Ed (@Ward5EdCouncil) March 18, 2019
- Founded in 1995. Traditionally, conducted an annual survey of all schools – talk to staff (secretaries/custodial staff, etc).
- Under Rhee, all Ward 5 middle schools closed, and became education campus models. Middle school students were not accommodated; no pre algebra, no world language, and therefore, Ward 5 students could not apply to School Without Walls or Banneker. Ward 5 Education Council fought to reopen middle schools, and DCPS opened Brookland Middle School and McKinley Tech Middle School
- Schools in Ward 5 still struggle from underfunding. None of schools in Ward 5 have full-time librarians.
- Today: Priority is to revitalize Ward 5 Council on Education
Paul Kihn joined in March; inviting CM Allen & Grosso to talk about Transparency legislation
— Ward 7 Education (@Ward7EdCouncil) April 4, 2019
- Reasons behind budget shortfall by ~$15M
- New costs like security
- Extended year ending
- Enrollment projections are unclear and inaccurate
- Over-saturation of schools; capacity exceeds demand and students are scattered
- Combination of above, seeing hits beyond 5% yet schools are losing stabilization funds
- Budgets came out late; after oversight hearings, so schools did not show up during hearings to address budget cuts; lag in information
- Priority – stop the bleeding; Ward 7 only second to Ward 8 vis-a-vis school age kids, but not many go to in-boundary schools.
- Joining ANC meetings to discuss a resolution to support additional funding for the DCPS schools in Ward 7
- Ensure every ANC passes resolution
- Eboni-Rose to email resolution to Suzanne
- Budget advocacy cheat sheet for individuals. Not all schools have PTAs; not every issue specific to one school – helpful to speak with a collective voice
- Working to come up w/ a # around funding gap
- Ward 7 has STEM and language immersion schools, but there is little support for the programs.
- Feeders are broken in Ward 7, e.g., H.D. Woodson High Schools’ only feeder school is Kelly-Miller Middle School which also feeds into Eastern High School.
- Transportation is another important issue, especially for Kelly-Miller. Transportation was raised at the Strategic Planning Cabinet meeting.
- Parents invest, but DCPS is not matching the investment; parents are willing to be partners, but not risk it all without investment by DCPS
- Feeder Strategy
- People are less concerned about the type of programming at a school, and more concerned about what the feeder pathway is. Looking to DCPS to support vertical articulation (path for language, path for STEM, etc)
- Think more creatively about Sousa? Are there cluster situations to be leveraged?
- Programming strategies? Every conversation with DCPS = how to better invest in schools in ways that translate to families.
- Address Woodson’s lack of adequate feeder pattern – Kelly Miller has rights to Eastern and Woodson
- CM Trayon White drafted resolution for Ward 8 schools that had support from every at large CM
- Important for communities to have access to by right schools w/ predictability through high school
- Target increased funding to DCPS schools hardest hit in Wards 7 & 8. The students who need the most are getting the least in this year’s budget.
- Stable feeder patterns are needed across city; how to support feeder systems across the city and how do we ensure the schools fill the needs of kids in each community
- A stimulus investment is needed for the under enrolled feeder patterns to attract students to them, and over time it will cost the city less due to factors such as more efficient use of school buildings.
- Timeline: currently gathering feedback. Education Committee report May 2, this is where Ed committee will show how it intends to increase funding for schools
- Q: Will focus include guidance around where DCPS should put the money? A: We’ll give them some direction. It will be critical to give direction in order to defend the amount we’re asking for.
- We will need to make the case for why the Council should fund DCPS and not the charters with additional funds. There is justification in the law, in the high gain of DCPS students throughout the year. Ward 7 is asking for the at risk funds to be restored. This may be the largest hurdle.
- Part of the pitch is we will not accept any more closings; this council cannot be the one that oversees the death of DCPS
- Believe CM Mendelson will add $ to schools. The question is how much? Acute need is in DCPS.
- Justifying cuts w/ enrollment, which are guesses; w/out investment in schools, enrollment will drop.
- Enrollment reserves are not being used
- How can we support:
- Testify at Council meetings; help our councilmembers DME Hearing April 25
- WTU Rally on April 25 – 4:30pm
Thursday, April 25, at 4:30PM, AT rally on Freedom Plaza We will demand that the DC Council amend the proposed FY 2020 DCPS budget to fully fund our schools.
Also: sign fhe petition https://t.co/oeToUx77no
— WTU Local 6 (@WTUTeacher) April 3, 2019
3. DME Hearing April 25 & W6PSPO Testimonies
4. Bike-to-School Day is May 8, 7:30-8:15 AM @ Lincoln Park. All schools are invited.
- Register your school –> HERE
- Please have your school’s organizer contact Suzanne Wells and Sandra Moscoso for resources.
Next CHPSPO Meeting: May 21, 2019
- April 20 – National Park Service Easter Egg Hunt at Frederick Douglass House (10am-1pm)
- April 25 Deputy Mayor for Education Budget Oversight Hearing
- May 8 Bike-to-School Day, Lincoln Park
Visit W6PSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org