Please stay tuned for a new date….
March 17, 6:30-8:00 pm
Jefferson Middle School Academy, 801 7th Street SW
Do you want to learn more about Ward 6 middle schools and how we can support them as parents and community members? Join us for a panel discussion featuring principals from the following schools:
- Capitol Hill Montessori
- Cardozo Education Campus
- Eliot-Hine Middle School
- Jefferson Middle School Academy
- Stuart-Hobson Middle School
For questions about the event, please e-mail email@example.com.
Dear Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization members,
W6PSPO will meet on Tuesday, February 25, from 6:30 – 8 pm at Tyler Elementary (1001 G Street, SE). Deputy Chancellor Amy Maisterra will join us for a DCPS budget discussion. We will also be joined by a representative from the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs who will share the city’s efforts to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 census.
On March 17, the W6PSPO is hosting a discussion with the Ward 6 middle school principals. The panel will feature principals from Capitol Hill Montessori, Cardozo Education Campus, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Jefferson Academy Middle School, and Stuart Hobson Middle School. Child care will be available for children ages 3 and above. We are encouraging people who plan to attend to register for this event. Please share information about this discussion with your school communities.
Many of you saw the Washington Post article about this year’s DCPS budget, and the classification of library media specialists as non-essential. W6PSPO has had a long tradition of supporting school libraries and librarians. A petition is circulating in support of DCPS librarians. So far 630 people have signed this petition. We’d like to help get several thousand signatures. Please share this petition with your school communities.
Hope to see you on Tuesday.
The next Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board will deeply affect the lives of thousands of DC children and families and hundreds of educators in communities across the city. It is a complex, difficult, and important job. We all want an experienced and well-qualified person with the right combination of talent and experience and need your input to determine that balance.
The Ward 7 Education Council has created a survey where citizens across all 8 Wards can weigh on on what they are looking for from the next DC Public Charter School Executive Director.
Please share your thoughts by February 5, 2020 –> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XLFQ78
Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization (W6PSPO) Meeting Notes
November 19, 2019
1.Sharing PTA/PTO Best Practices – PTA/PTO Meetings Panel/Open Discussion
David Treat and Julie Muir – Miner Elementary, Elsa Faulkenberg – Tyler Elementary, Lona Valmora – Capitol Hill Cluster School
2. Campaign for Lead-free water – proposed rule from EPA re; lead and copper is looking for a 60 day extension of public comment period. Asking if W6PSPO will sign-on for extension to March 13 2020 that will go to EPA and OMB. Attendees voted to sign-on
3. Discussion with the Washington Teachers Union on SY2020/21 Budget Priorities
Priority 1: Fund DC Schools.
Despite an increase in Mayor Bowser’s education budget for FY2020, 20 public schools, including 17 schools in Wards 7 and 8, saw significant budget cuts for the current school year. Overall funding for DCPS did not keep up with rising costs, leading to cuts in many schools.
- Increased Investment – Meet 2013 Adequacy Levels
In 2013, the District Government commissioned an Adequacy Study calling for per pupil expenditures of $11,628.( In November 2019, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education awarded grant to Afton Partners, LLC to conduct a study of the UPSFF.) We need to reach, if not exceed, this amount in the FY2021 budget and for the first time fully funding our schools. The proposed FY 2020 budget increased the UPSFF base by 2.2 percent, from $10,658 to $10,891 per-student.
- Closing the Opportunity Gaps – Spending of At-Risk Dollars
Achievement gaps across nearly all subgroups measured by NAEP have not changed or have grown since 2002/2003. The NAEP scores mirror results on the city’s PARCC tests. The PARCC scores show steady, albeit slow, growth across most demographic groups. However, once again, we see achievement gaps growing. Research is clear that increased spending can, when combined with other reforms, help close achievement gaps, but in DC the funds have not reached the students who are in greatest need.
- Special Education – Increased supplemental funding.
The District of Columbia continues to fail DC students with special needs. The US Department of Education labeled DC as “needs” assistance” in implementing federal requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Additional funding will allow DC Public Schools to reduce special education class sizes and increase the planning time allowed for Special Education Teachers.
Priority 2. Living & Learning Conditions.
If we care about children, we have to improve all the conditions that affect them.’
- Trauma Informed Practices & Screening
When trauma goes unchecked and is sustained, it can disrupt a child’s brain development, interfering with functions children depend on in school such as memory recall, focus and impulse control. In a trauma-informed school, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. To ensure adequate staffing, we need more information on the experiences of our students and propose that the city screens every student for trauma and uses the findings to ensure adequate staffing.
Priority 3. One Set of Rules for All Schools.
Regardless of where a student attends school, she is entitled to the same rights as a student, including transparency and adherence to all local laws.
W6PSPO Meeting Notes
January 21, 2020
1. Laura Marks (Councilmember Charles Allen’s Chief of Staff), Anne Phelps (DC Budget Office Counsel and Senior Advisor) and Jonathan Antista (Deputy Director for Budget) shared an overview of the DC Council performance and budget oversight process. Please review the following documents:
- FY21 Education Budget Process – W6PSPO Presentation
- FY21 Budget Process Step-by-Step
- FY 2021 Budget Timeline
2. Elizabeth Feinstein with Flavors Hook Kids DC presented information about the risks of flavored tobacco products, and current bills before the City Council that would end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
- Most needed action now is to reach out to Councilmembers and ask: 1 for a markup of the bill to ban flavored tobacco to include the flavors of mint and menthol; 2 fund the bill. Take action here.
- Learn about vaping-related issues at https://flavorshookkidsdc.org/. Contact Elizabeth Feinstone to get involved in local, DC advocacy.
Next W6PSPO Meeting: February 18, 2020, 6:30-8pm, Location TBD
From February 3-7, Teaching for Change’s DC Area Educators for Social Justice, local organizers, and community members will collaborate for the DC Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. The Black Livers Matter at School Week of Action seeks to improve the school experience for students of color. Throughout the week there are evening events and resources are offered to teach about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history, and anti-racist movements. More information is available at http://bit.ly/BLMatSchoolDC2020.
Upcoming Hearings – Sign up early to testify and double-check date here (dates change)
Dear Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization members,
1. The W6PSPO will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, from 6:30 – 8 pm at Stuart Hobson Middle School (410 E St., NE) in the choir/theater room. Laura Marks and Anne Phelps will give us an overview of the DC Council performance and budget oversight process. Also, Elizabeth Feinstein with Flavors Hook Kids DC will present information about the risks of flavored tobacco products, and current bills before the City Council that would end the sale of e-cigarettes.
2. On January 23, there will be a Welcoming for All? Getting to Inclusive Schools Through Policies and Practice event at VanNess Elementary, 1150 5th St., SE, 6 – 8 pm. You can register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcoming-for-all-getting-to-inclusive-schools-through-policy-practice-tickets-86861389755
3. On January 25, the Multilingual Education Fair of DC will take place at Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St., NW, 10 am – 3 pm. You can register for this event at https://www.mefdc.org/register/. See attached media kit.
4. From February 3-7, Teaching for Change’s DC Area Educators for Social Justice, local organizers, and community members will collaborate for the DC Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. The Black Livers Matter at School Week of Action seeks to improve the school experience for students of color. Throughout the week there are evening events and resources are offered to teach about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history, and anti-racist movements. More information is available at http://bit.ly/BLMatSchoolDC2020.