CHPSPO will meet on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 pm at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St., SE). Chancellor Ferebee and W6 SBOE representative Jessica Sutter will join us at our meeting. We’ll also be deciding on CHPSPO’s new name! I hope you can join us.
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
March 19, 2019
Payne Elementary School
1445 C Street, SE
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mission Statement – To promote cooperation among the parent organizations of the public schools on Capitol Hill in order to improve the education received by all children attending our schools.
6:30 – 6:40 Welcome and Introductions
6:40 – 6:50 At-Risk Funding Overview – Betsy Wolf, Amidon-Bowen parent
6:50 – 7:30 Open discussion with Chancellor Ferebee
7:30 – 7:45 Open discussion with Jessica Sutter, SBOE W6
7:45 – 7:50 Wilson Building Visits – Danica Petroshius
7:50 – 8:00 CHPSPO’s new name
Next CHPSPO Meeting: April 23, 2019 (Note: 4th Thursday due to spring break)
Budget Oversight Hearings
March 27 State Board of Education, Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, and the Office of the Student Advocate
March 29 DCPS (Public Witnesses Only)
April 4 Public Charter School Board
April 9 Office of the State Superintendent of Education
April 25 Deputy Mayor for Education
March 25 Capitol Hill Community Foundation Spring Grants deadline
March 29 Ferebee Friday, Pretzel Bakery, 8 – 9:30 am
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org
Dear Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Members,
We’re doing things a little differently this month. CHPSPO is meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (this Tuesday, February 12), and we’re going to have our meeting in hearing room 120 at the Wilson building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW). The meeting will run from 6:30 – 8 pm.
We’ll be joined at our meeting by Betsy Wolf, an Amidon-Bowen parent, who is going to share research she’s done on how at-risk funds are distributed and used across schools in DC, and interventions that appear most promising for increasing the achievement of at-risk students.
We are meeting at the Wilson building because on February 12 there is a public roundtable on the confirmation of Dr. Ferebee as DCPS Chancellor, and a number of CHPSPO members are testifying. The hearing starts at 2 pm, and is in hearing room 412. If the roundtable ends before our meeting is over, Dr. Ferebee plans to attend the CHPSPO meeting.
Hope to see you on Tuesday at the public roundtable and the CHPSPO meeting!
Payne Elementary School, 1445 C Street, SE
November 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1. DDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program (https://ddot.dc.gov/saferoutes), Amber Gove.
Steps to getting DDoT support for traffic issues
1) Traffic safety investigation via 311 ticketà https://311.dc.gov/
2) Traffic calming petition – 75% of houses on block(s) need to sign à https://ddot.dc.gov/page/traffic-calming-and-traffic-safety-101 (scroll to bottom)
3) ANC submits petition. (Reach out to traffic committee at ANC)
4) DDoT to collect data – need to follow up to learn when the data will be collected – is it representative? (See process, per DDOT here).
- DDoT will give average – ask for microdata
- Data will enable conversation, should DDoT agree action is required
- Lamont Hinton is contact from MPD (if camera speed/tickets are warranted); only tickets at 11 miles over speed limit
- Constitute a committee at PTA/SIT
- Try to include community members outside of the school
- Leverage ANC
- School leadership participation is critical
- School culture needs to be addressed, as much as infrastructure changes
- Schools can take on own measures while safe routes plans are implemented. For example, Tyler ES uses cones to create curb extensions to calm traffic
- DDoT’s Ward 6 Liaison – Naomi Klein
DDoT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator: Derrick Hardy
Advice (or if you’re ANC6A, support): ANC Commissioner Amber Gove
Other: Daytime School Parking Zone Act may need additional advocacy
2. OSSE School Report Cards, Chloe Woodward-Magrane
New OSSE School Report Cards, featuring STAT rating will be released in December 2018
- All data/metrics used to generate the STAR rating are listed and defined.
- Majority of data will be coming from previous year. Contact data, etc will come from current year
Q: Will data be disaggregated by program (schools like Tyler ES have 3 programs). A: No, but schools can share this data.
Q: There will likely to be 1 or 2 STAR schools in Ward 6. We’re concerned about this creating a cycle of parents not wanting to send students to schools with 1 or 2 STARS, affecting enrollment. What is message schools should give to families? A: OSSE is working w/ school leaders to know and understand own data; schools should ID bright spots when they are talking about their schools;
Q: What is OSSE doing to support schools that are rated 1 or 2? (STAR is a 1-5 point rating). What is OSSE prepared to do; how is it thinking about school improvement? Where is support for schools outside of the bottom 5% (no clear answer given by OSSE on this Q)? A: OSSE is identifying and putting forward 11M over 3 years grant available to schools in need of comprehensive support – $1M/school; schools must apply, but the amount is reserved only for the bottom 5% of schools. OSSE is working closely with LEAs to ensure grants are in alignment with school-level interventions.
Tenets of OSSE grants:
1- People: how are we supporting people/educators; leadership; training
2- Instruction; instructional practices in school, plan
3- Structures: ex: way you are organizing building (ex: academies; grade bands; supports/autonomies)-
Q: How can we move towards metrics that gauge school quality. A: disagree that measures do not gauge quality. Examples- median growth percentile; growth proficiency; subgroups compare to subgroups (ex: students w/ disability), not to the whole population;
Next Steps: OSSE come back early next year.
3. Open Discussion with Paul Kihn, Acting Deputy Mayor of Education
DME Thematic priorities
- Reducing achievement gap
- Influencing factors: 2 systems and Critical importance of by right neighborhood systems
- Within DME office: direct influence over LEAs & Indirect influence over libraries, UDC, etc
- Building public confidence in public school system
Brief Presentations about current initiatives within CHPSPO community:
- Denise Forte: Chancellor Search – working towards a citywide meeting re: vision across all wards on what we want from school system based on equity; by right
- Betsy Wolf: Equitable Spending (see data analysis here and embedded below)
- Equitable spending; ex: at-risk funding spent on special education
- Charters: data is not available – DCPS serves more at-risk/special ed students than charters
- Recs: California does a good job w/ funding formula; gives great bump for concentration of poverty
- Separate special ed from at risk/funding
- Need policy folks to connect more closely w/ schools to see how policy plays out on the ground
- Suki Lucier: Advocacy for Shaw Middle School
- Families need clear pathways for neighborhood schools and DCPS/DME need to fulfill commitments to Shaw community
- Grace Hu: Technology in DCPS
- DCPS making good faith effort to inventory state of tech in schools; schools need to train staff on inventory system (by Nov 30) and inventory needs to be done by January. Push is based on need for technology for PARCC testing
- DCPS considering a proposal to get schools to 1 to 1 ration in 4 years; year 1 for grads 3, 6, 9, year 2 for 3 6 9, year 3, 3 6 9, etc
Q: Chancellor; timing. A: Steering Committee delivered report to mayor and when ready, will pull together stakeholders to continue with process
Q: STAR rating; can we revisit data included in rating? A: Need to share timetable and process for revisions (ex: this rating for 3 years and work on new version over that period, etc?)
Q: Principal contracts (1 year); is DME looking into that? Need stability to ensure strong, quality leadership. A: thinking about as a matter of urgency, that we are attractive as a city
Issue: Improving environmental standards in schools; including improvements of trust and transparency in testing process: requesting parents to be allowed to observe testing.
Issue: Level playing field; moving all schools to start middle school at 6th grade, as charters which start at 5th grade is disruptive.
Q: How will DME work to build trust across ed/school related issues? A: Listening to community. (Transparency was also suggested by group)
4. Next CHPSPO Meeting:
- December 18, 2018
- Agenda items proposed: Safe Passages/Routes,
- November 27 (NEW), Committee of the Whole, regular meeting to consider Bill 22-776, “District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018”
- November 28, DCPS Book Club, 6 pm, Dorothy Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
- December 8, EdFEST, 11 am – 3 pm, DC Armory
- December 12, DCPS FY20 Budget Community Forums – RSVP
- Morning Community Forum: Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45 am at Moten Elementary School – 1565 Morris Road, SE
Evening Community Forum: Wednesday, December 12 at 6 pm at Janney Elementary School – 4130 Albermarle Street, NW
- Morning Community Forum: Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45 am at Moten Elementary School – 1565 Morris Road, SE
Seaton Elementary School; 1503 10th Street, NW
October 16, 2018; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1. Technology Update, Grace Hu (ghgracehu (at) gmail (dot) com)
Objective is for DCPS to develop a comprehensive technology plan
- First: need basic access to technology(impacts digital literacy, testing
- Second: Have DCPS look at how they will fund technology in a way that is sustainable
- DCPS Technology Challenges and Opportunities (Excerpt from)
- DCPS has a tech plan but it’s not funded; working on inventory so they know what is at each school; exploring leasing
- Students testified at Education Committee’s Public Oversight Hearing on Issues Facing District of Columbia Youth on October 15, 2018
- Next Steps: Without advocacy, not likely to move forward
- Talk to Councilmembers, email campaign
- Contact Grace Hu (ghgracehu (at) gmail (dot) com) to share your school’s data and needs re: technology, and to support ongoing advocacy towards comprehensive technology infrastructure across all of DCPS
2. Research Collaborative, Danica Petroshius
Bill pending in council for research collaborative; way for research institute to partner w/ city to support research capacity the city alone cannot support: http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0776?FromSearchResults=true
- City administration does not want it, but community wants it
- City wants pursue this on their own, w/out engagement;
- Bill moved forward unanimously and expected to pass by Committee of the Whole
- The collaborative is to be led by a steering committee made up of community members to make decisions around research to be conducted
- To ensure effectiveness of collaborative, need to focus on:
- Ensuring steering committee is representative of school community; not just agency members
- Incubate somewhere in government so it has a real chance to take off; proposed in auditor’s office
- Create and develop a data warehousing system; to make data transparent and useful while ensuring student/family privacy is protected
3. Shaw Middle School Discussion
- Shaw Middle School in 2008 closed and consolidated w/ Garnet-Patterson.
- Although 54M was put into DC capital budget to renovate the Shaw Middle School, it was not prioritized; instead, funding for Shaw moved to Ward 4 for MacFarland Middle School. Garnett-Patterson closed and students dispersed to Cardozo and School Without Walls/Francis-Steven MS; Center City MS was “to be built” to support feeders in Wards 1,2,5, & 6; CM Allen required DCPS to conduct study on feasibility, but DCPS has not complied
- At some point around late 2017, DCPS began considering moving Banneker High School to the Shaw Middle School location. DCPS only engaged the Banneker community on their plans to potentially repurpose the middle school as a high school. They commissioned a feasibility study that was issued in August 2018, which essentially extolled the virtues of the Shaw site.
- Community does not support a HS (application) but needs a middle school.
- ANC6E prepared a resolution and sent to mayor that while would like to accommodate Banneker, will only support it if MS component is built into plan; DCPS needs to be more transparent
- Top priority from community’s perspective is a middle school serving feeder patterns in schools Wards 1,2,5,6<
- If there is to be a new Banneker on the Shaw MS site, the community would only consider supporting that if there is a middle school component
- If there is no middle school component, then ANC will oppose Banneker moving to Shaw Middle School site
- Q: Where are students going to MS? A: Charters; MacFarland
- Q: As parent of 5th grader, I need help in figuring out where my daughter will go to MS. What is a good choice? A: Seaton ES is planning a MS fair; provide guidance
- Neighbors internally are not aligned and w/o having been consulted with by DCPS will not have opportunity to think through implications
- When people talk about a lack of a middle school the conversation does not flow towards whether Cardozo is viable option (if more resources were to be invested, would it be?)
- Current Banneker school community, regardless of site/solution, does not want delays
- Site reflects a massive parking lot;
- Key Asks: 1; Delay decision to at least have a discussion w/ community. 2: ask for a middle school
- Engage community stakeholders: Ward 1,2,5, & 6 education councils; Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE). Suki Lucier will draft a sign-on letter.
4. Proposed Mount Vernon PEPCO substation and loss of K St. Farm at Walker-Jones EC (Tiffany Aziz)
- Health risks to community, Walker-Jones students and educators
- Does not align with positive development contributing to the economic and social infrastructure of K street
- Loss of the Farm at Walker Jones community garden
- More information here: https://www.notinmycommunity.com/who-we-are
5. Next CHPSPO Meeting:
- November 19, 2018 (NOTE: This is a Monday)
- MONDAY, November 19
- Agenda items proposed: DME Paul Kihn, Safe Passages/Routes, ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion conversations
- Empower Ed Teacher Voice Summit, October 20 (registration required)
- DC Council Education Committee Hearing – Care of D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018 – October 22: Register to testify.
- Feed-the-Feeder Event, October 24
- Hill-o-Ween, Eastern Market – October 26
- DC Council Education Committee Hearing – School Safety Act of 2018 and the Student Safety and Consent Education Act of 2018 –Nov. 1: Register to testify.
- DC Council Education Committee Hearing – DME Confirmation – Nov 8 Register to testify.
- DC Council Education Committee Roundtable – Plans for Shaw Junior High School Campus and Benjamin Banneker Academic High School – November 15 :Register to testify>
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Jefferson Academy, January 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1. Capital Rowing Club – Ergathon
Capital Rowing Club is hosting an Ergathon on Saturday, February 18 @ Stuart-Hobson. The Ergathon benefits Capital Juniors, a program of Capital Rowing Club that combines academics and competitive rowing to build in DC’s young people (ages 13-18) discipline, camaraderie, fitness, and stewardship for the Anacostia River. Join the fun, cheer a team, learn about rowing.
2. Education Committee Performance Oversight and Budget Hearings – Laura Marks (Chief of Staff for Councilmember Allen) and Angela Joyner (Deputy Director of the Council’s Budget Office)
See presentation for process, timeline, and contacts: https://chpspo.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/short-fy18-education-budget-process-chpspo-presentation-1.pdf
- Council has 56 days to act on budget upon receipt on April 4
- Fed budget act and local budget acts fund budget, Budget Support Act says how it will be funded
- Per Pupil Funding Formula determines how individual schools are funded. If a school community needs funding beyond PPFF standards, start w Mayor’s office – Matthew Brown in budget office (see slides for contact)
- Important to testify and articulate what your school needs
- DGS / DCPS can be expected to hold joint performance oversight hearing, not budget hearing
- DCPS is working with CM Grosso on school evaluations (vis a vis modernization) under PACE Act.
- Read Comprehensive Annual Financial Review (CAFR); can ask questions about the report at any of the hearings
- Committees ask questions in advance which are answered in testimony, become public record and are shared by CM Grosso on his page via Dropbox
- Passing bills subject to appropriation is confusing – PACE Act, for example passed, but is not funded. “Funds are not sufficient in the fiscal year 2017 through fiscal year 2020 budget and financial plan to implement the bill. The bill will cost an estimated $800,000 in fiscal year 2017.”
- Find CFO’s fiscal impact statement to see legislation funding status
3. Education Specifications – DCPS Facilities Team
- Access Draft Education Specifications and a google form for public to provide feedback
- See presentation here.
- Note education specifications do not include guidance around items like noise level, electrical wiring standards, etc which fall under DGS’ Design Guidelines.
- Specifications allow for site specific revisions can be made
4. Student Climate Assessment Instruments – Caryn Ernst and Gary Ratner (Citizens for Effective Schools)
- Draft ESSA to be released by OSSE on January 31.
- Currently, OSSE is proposing 80% of school evaluation on standardized testing
- Community has asked for less emphasis on testing, and if that the testing indicators be focused on growth over proficiency.
- Essa requires school quality indicator, a state could choose an indicator, comprehensive assessment, to evaluate school climate (from perspective of students, staff, parents)
- NOTE: DC Council – anything that had a hearing in prior period can move forward without a hearing
- LEAs have own surveys and resist additional surveys
- http://web.calstatela.edu/centers/schoolclimate/ proposed for consideration by Gary Ratner, Citizens for Effective Schools
- Note the above approach have not been used yet for accountability
3. Sign-on letter Chancellor Performance Evaluation Criteria
- Group agreed to sign-on
Next CHPSPO Meeting: February 21, 2017
Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force
January 18, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm, community meeting to discuss policy proposal to address student mobility, Northeast Public Library (330 7th St. NE). Register at (http://tinyurl.com/h23v7vc)
January 24, 2017, Task Force meeting, Department of For-Hire Vehicles Hearing Room (2235 Shannon Place, SE)
DDOEE Community Stormwater Solutions Grant (grants up to $20K to improve stormwater management), due January 27, 2017 at 5 pm
Summer Camp Fair
January 26, 2017, 6 – 8 pm, J.O. Wilson, 660 K St., NE
Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, 215 G Street, NE
November 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1 . Film Screening – Most Likely to Succeed – Julie Scofield
- Looks at alternative schools; focus on critical thinking, how to deal w/ failure, problem-solving
- Films can only be accessed via screenings
- $350 to host one screening http://www.mltsfilm.org/
- Upcoming Nov 16, 6PM- HU Architecture Bldg, Nov 19 @ Berry Montessori @ Silver Spring
- Julie is attending the November 16 screening. General agreement that CHPSPO would be interested in sponsoring a screening.
2. December 9 Wilson Building Visits – Ivan Frishberg
- Periodic, but regular visits w/ delegation
- Focus on priority issues; consistency among issues across visits
- Requests out to: Mendelson, Grosso, Bonds, White, Silverman, Allen, Cheh
- Selection of Chancellor; think of Qs council should raise in confirmation process
- Cross-sector collaboration task force
3. Discussion with Liz Davis, President of the Washington Teachers’ Union
- ESSA (WTU member feedback):
- testing window expanded
- amount of time devoted to testing vs teaching
- school climate, teacher morale impacted, which impact teaching and learning
- Q: WTU Contract – will there be requirements on class size in future contract? A: already have class size requirements, but it has been difficult to enforce it. Cap (maximum) for any class is 24 (varies depending on type of class). To address this with school (sometimes principals aren’t clear on caps), start by requesting meeting w/ principal, entire advisory team. Parents are the most effective advocates.
- General Info on new contract:
- Teacher eval – teachers unable to challenge ratings; cultivates climate of fear; teachers afraid to speak out about gaps in needs/resources like ELL, SpEd, nurse
- John Davis will complete the process; hoping to be able to finish in 8 sessions
- Q: Are grievances filed? A: Yes, they are filed and frequently won by WTU, but DCPS frequently appeals. Enforcement is difficult. (WTU follows National Labor Relations Board (NLRB))
- Q: How to change the ‘adversarial culture’ between DCPS and WTU/Parents. How do we get to a different type of relationship? A: Focus on Mayor and Council and determine endorsements based on issues. Need to increase organizing. Helpful when advocates/parents/constituents/allies craft messages and rely on WTU to lead on engagement.
- Q: What is the make up to the WTU staff? A: 9 staff members + attorney on retainer. Looking to hire an attorney. Capacity: organizers; partnerships w/ orgs like DC Fiscal Policy Institute
4. Use of Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products – Peabody, SWS&Goding, Payne and Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan representatives
- Healthy Schools Act requires schools to report whether they use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Three schools self-reported (Peabody, SWS@Goding, Payne and CHM@L)
- CHM@L has done thinking on environmental issues in and around the building. Cleaning products are low-hanging fruit.
DCPS Energy and Sustainability Liaison, Sally Parker discovered the following:
- 14 vendors in DCPS list which provide cleaning supplies. Out of 94 pages of products listed, only 14 products met Office of Contracting and Procurement guidelines.
- How purchased: business manager and custodial foreman should coordinate. Suggest DCPS work with vendors to restrict list to green cleaning supplies
- Need to retrain custodians to trust that products being used actually do the job
- Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines: http://ocp.dc.gov/page/sustainable-purchasing
- Custodians have PD; next session in February
- ACTION: Try to add to PD agenda, Roosevelt custodian to talk about sustainable cleaning products.
- ACTION: CHM@L to work w/ foreman and purchasing manager to introduce products from the sustainable list and report back to CHPSPO. Schools that self-reported they use environmentally-friendly cleaning products will also report back on their experiences at a future meeting.
- movement towards dispensers that don’t require dilution
5. Remarks by Principal Brown (Eastern HS) –
- Jefferson, SH, CHM@L, EH. DCPS will have a vertical articulation day where staff will be invited to Eastern to learn about Eastern’s programs (Nov 30)
- 825 students enrolled. 9th graders on 4th floor in ‘bubble’. Enter/exit through separate door.
- Open Houses @ EHS are all 6-7PM: December 15, 2016 and January 12, February 16, 2017
6. Remarks/Update by Joe Weedon, Ward 6 member, State Board of Education
- EH looking for reps from its feeder schools for the SIT. Meetings will kick off in 2 months. will meet every 2 months once project comes online
- Residency requirements to address variances in student addresses, legal guardians, joint custody arrangements, etc. After year 1, can opt to use tax records to prove residency.
- SBOE Hearing – Evaluating School Quality Under Every Student Succeeds Act
- Currently, min 50% of school eval/ranking needs to be on testing
- Currently, focus is on proficiency. Board has been pushing hard to look at growth:
- ELL SpEd
- Submit comments in writing or attend Board meeting. Deadline for written is Nov 25. Send to input to email@example.com.
- More details here: https://chpspo.org/2016/11/13/sboe-hearing-on-rating-schools/
Next CHPSPO Meeting: December 15, 2016
State Board of Education Hearing on Evaluating School Quality
November 16, 5:30 PM, 441 4th St NW (at Judiciary Square)
Film Screening: Most Likely to Succeed
November 16, 5:30 pm, Howard University, Mackey Building, 2366 6th St., NW
Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force
November 22, 6 pm, EducationCounsel, 101Constitution Ave, NW Suite 900
Open Houses (See additional open houses here: http://dcps.dc.gov/openhouse )
November 2, 9:30 am and 6 pm, Eliot-Hine Middle School
November 3, 9:30 am and 6 pm, Stuart Hobson Middle School
November 16, 6 pm, Jefferson Academy
December 1, 9 am, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
December 15, 6 pm, Eastern HS
December 13, 9 am, Eliot-Hine Middle School
December 13, 9 am, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
January 12, 9 am, Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
January 12, 6 pm, Eastern HS
February 9, 6 pm, Stuart Hobson MS
February 16, 6 pm, Eastern HS
Wilson Building Visits