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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: My School DC

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2020-221 is now open. My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

• DCPS PK3/PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools).
• DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12).
• DCPS selective high schools (9-12).
• all participating public charter schools (PK3-12).

The application deadlines are Feb. 3 for grades 9-12 and March 2 for grades PK3-8.

Proposal to Close Washington Metropolitan

DCPS issued an update on Dec.18 to the community regarding the proposal to close Washington Metropolitan High School.

Concerns include:

• Many students in this population need a small school and small class size in order to build trusting relationships.
• The student population needs an experience that is different than what is offered in a large high school.
• Rather than closing the school, more resources would allow the school to better serve their population.
• The Comprehensive Staffing Model is not appropriate for Wash Met. Although the number of students enrolled may be smaller than other schools, the needs of the population the school serves are greater.
• The school needs more special education and social-emotional resources.
• The school is not fully staffed and cannot get substitute teachers.

Additional information is available on the DCPS School Planning blog.

Charter Schools Testimony

Scott Pearson, executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board, testified Dec. 18 at the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education’s Master Facilities Plan hearing. Here are excerpts from his prepared remarks:

“As I testified in June, the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) provides a valuable baseline of information about facilities. At that last hearing, we also applauded the recommendations in the MFP future use. For example, reusing public facilities for educational use, using vacant parcels in mixed-use development for educational purposes, and establishing incentives for developers to incorporate educational uses into their housing developments. As we think about refining the plan, those recommendations need to be more specific. We hope that the updated MFP will speak to specific buildings and specific programs so that both the decision-makers and the communities impacted will have a clear view of the future landscape.

“We put city-owned buildings potentially available to charter schools into seven categories. Category one is the one building that we and the city agree is vacant, and for which the city is currently seeking offers from public charter schools. This building is Ferebee Hope, a 193,000-square-foot facility in Ward 8.”

Executive Search Public Roundtable

The DC Public Charter School Board will hold a public roundtable for DC residents to voice their opinions about the qualifications and experience needed by the next executive director.

The event takes place at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at KIPP DC – College Prep Academy PCS (1405 Brentwood Parkway NE).

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