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!
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
– 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.
- 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: http://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/page_content/attachments/OSSE_ESEA%20Flexibility%20Application%20Draft_01-18%2012_0.pdf
– Comment via Osse.firstname.lastname@example.org
– 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.
Call to action: ANYONE INTERESTED IN SERVING AS POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS?
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
|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|
|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
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: http://chpspo.org/calendar/
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org