Community leaders and parents are invited to join students and faculty at Washington Latin Public Charter School in Northwest for a tour.

During the event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 24, visitors will learn about the school’s classical curriculum and how it serves a diverse student body from across the District with a quality, liberal arts-based program.

Residency Review

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education recently shared results of its citywide residency fraud investigation.

The investigation at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, OSSE will forward 164 cases of suspected residency fraud at Ellington to the Office of the Attorney General for further review.

“District of Columbia schools must be accessible first to District families,” said State Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “We take residency fraud seriously. While we want to be sensitive to complex family situations that may make it more challenging to provide residency documentation, these cases from Duke Ellington School of the Arts cause significant concern and represent a serious lapse in oversight at the school level and at D.C. Public Schools.

“We are directing DCPS and Duke Ellington to put in place additional personnel, resources and training to ensure that all schools follow proper residency verification procedures, and that only District families and a small number of tuition-paying, non-residents have the ability to access our city’s schools,” Kang said.

The report is available on the OSSE website (osse.dc.gov).

TMA Gala

Guests at Thurgood Marshall Academy’s recent gala were provided a glimpse into what students learn each day in the classroom.

Demonstrations included science experiments, moot court arguments and research techniques.

One of the highlights was hearing students recite speeches from the citywide Soapbox competition, where they shared their thoughts on being student athletes, gun violence in the community and Black representation in the media.

Task Force Update

At a recent meeting, members of the DCGradReqs task force learned more about the “Family Engagement Summit” held last month in Baltimore.

A team spearheaded by ESSA Task Force Chair Lannette Woodruff attended the summit, which convened teachers, family members and other school and community stakeholders to share best practices and action plans to benefit students and schools.

Task force member Maya Martin, executive director for Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), served on the summit team alongside Sharona Robinson, the DCPS community action team coordinator for Wards 7 and 8, as well as Melissa Bryant, director of Culture at DC Scholars, and Cassi Zeledon, kindergarten Individualized learning specialist for Rocketship Public Charter School.

The task force meets again Tuesday, June 5.

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