CHPSPO Meeting Notes – January 12, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan

215 G Street, NE

January 17, 2012

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.



This meeting marked the 7th anniversary of CHPSPO!!! Congratulations!

Full house with 25 attendees!

1)      Brent’s Middle School Series, Jason Townsend


Jefferson – not all things that the Brent folks thought would be done were done.

–          Why was the Brent Middle School group started?

    • Recognize success of elementary school is contingent on success of middle school
    • Trying to get younger parents involved to revive MS group/discussion

–          What does this group do?

    • Coordinate Open Houses for middle schools and invites
      • Principal of Jefferson Academy has attended Brent PTA (1 parent attended)
      • KIPP prez (2dozen attended)
      • BASIS prez (3 dozen attended)
    • Help parents get educated around options in younger grades and bring new parents in
    • Will continue to invite DCPS and charters to give presentations

–          Issues with the current DCPS middle school approach:

    • 2 feeders for Brent a little divisive
    • Resources promised (high tech/high touch) not delivered

–          Group is excited, but it’s going to take something more radical and group energy/foundation

2) No Child Left Behind Waiver Application Process, Jeralyn Cave, OSSE, + 2 other representatives

Background: DC+40 other states are applying for waivers around requirements

–          FAQs are on OSSE’s website

–          OSSE Press Release on waivers

–          One of Fed Reqs of presenting application for waiver = rigorous public engagement

–          NOTE: Charters are very active in this space in making sure their voices are at the table w/ Sec Duncan

–          Consensus is the $ that is spent on Title 1 does not actually help kids.

–          Principles:

    • College- and Career-Ready Expectations for All Students
    • State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support
    • Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership
    • Reduction of administrative burden

–          Q: Will this make schools less accountable? A: OSSE’s largest concern is continuing to keep schools accountable.

–          Q: What impact will waiver have on IMPACT evaluation? A: Very little.

–          Q: What happens after waiver is implemented/applied?  A: confident that assessments will stay in place going forward.

–          Q: Does state office have ability to track children as they move around DCPS/Charter, etc? To determine that as children move, they are w/in same framework so parents can track?  A: Yes, OSSE is able to track students as they move from grade to grade at DCPS and Charter schools.

–          Q: Does application address school success criteria beyond testing/AYP ? A: Application  proposes to measure: Growth (in school population), Academic growth, Graduation from HS

–          Q: What are Charter School advocates trying to put into waiver? A: Focus is not to have themselves subject to same measures and accountabilities that DCPS are subject to.  (ex: trying to exclude re-enrollments from application)

Next Steps:  OSSE has published a public draft version:

–          Comment via

–          Encourage comments on this. Will submit final application on Feb 21, after feedback has been incorporated.

–          Encourage Instructional Superintendent to press DCPS leadership to make sure principals’ voices are heard. Only 25 out of all schools public and charter made AYP.

OSSE offered to come back w/ full presentation of entire waiver, go over section by section at a future date.


Follow up: meeting to discuss waiver.  Joe W. to send a note to CHPSPO once the waiver is posted

3)      DCPS Lottery Information Session, Laura Marks

  • Monday, Jan 23, 6-7:30 PM @ Payne Elementary School
  • All principals invited, focused on DCPS schools on the Hill.  Recommend following up with your principal to ensure your school will have a presence.

4) Brainstorm 2012 CHPSPO Priorities, All

Idea Seconds Comments
Middle schools, including reaching more consensus as a community on middle schools 10 Vision is fractured, need to come back to a consensus
After school 2 Sharing resources with Hill Center
Sharing lessons learned, e.g., fundraising 1
Encouraging more collegiality between schools, positive comments supportive of our schools 1
Create “community” schools 1 Use schools more as community resources, activities for adults
Hill-wide events where schools come together for activities, e.g., art, sports 1 Event collaboration around education
Expand sport opportunities 1 Collaboration around sports; girls on the run
Keep tabs on Eastern 1
Schoolyard greening 1
Safe biking/walking routes
Number of school choices and resulting fragmentation within our community
Keep an eye on Hine property development, and advocate for educational benefit
Explore establishing Montgomery County-like facilitated discussions Facilitated discussions within schools, e.g., on race
Testify at hearings dealing with education issues Advocacy to elected leadership
Summer camp opportunities
Better connect neighborhoods with their schools and get community members involved in the schools
Encourage more interaction between schools

Next meeting at JO Wilson

Next CHPSPO Meeting:   February 21, 2012

Upcoming Events:

January 19       Stuart Hobson Modernization Community Meeting, Stuart Hobson, 6:30 – 8 pm

January 23       DCPS Lottery Information Session, Payne Elementary, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Check the CHPSPO Calendar for upcoming open houses:

Visit CHPSPO on the web at

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