Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force Upcoming Focus Group February 23, 2016

Dear CHPSPO Members,
Please forward this information to your school communities.
The Mayor’s Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force had its first meeting this evening.  The Task Force will focus its efforts on identifying key aspects of public education that would benefit from cross-sector efforts between DCPS and public charter schools,
I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in giving input on key coordination issues and how they impact access to quality education to attend the upcoming Focus Group meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd at Eastern High School from 6 to 7:30 pm.  To register for the focus group go to :
The Task Force needs your input on issues such as the process for siting, opening and closing schools, how to improve enrollment stability and finding ways to share information and replicate success across sectors.  These focus group sessions are currently the best opportunity for interested parents, teachers and community members to give input on what issues the Task Force should be addressing.
At tonight’s meeting the DME’s office presented data on public education enrollment, achievement levels, attendance across sectors and other data important to understanding current trends in DC’s public education system.  This data will be uploaded to the DME’s website in the next few days. They are supposed to be making both the charts and the raw data available to the public. I encourage you to check it out.  If you have questions about the data contact the DME’s Office at
If you have questions about the Task Force or comments you would like to share, you can contact me at

Caryn Ernst


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