Ever wanted to tour a Rocketship Education campus? DCSRN has launched this year's first virtual school tour of Rocketship Nashville Northeast. Take a virtual school tour now of this nationally recognized program, coming to DC in the fall of 2015.
2013-14 High Quality Schools Campaign Final Report
How is DC Public Education Leadership Structured?
DCSRN has produced a graphic showcasing how DC public education leadership is structured. The graphic demonstrates the hierarchy of various government leadership agencies and the key officials that oversee the DC public education system.
District and Charter News
Charter Schools Sue for More Funding
October 7, 2014
The DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, which represents 39 charter schools, filed a complaint in federal court in July along with two individual charters, Eagle Academy and Washington Latin. The schools say the District has shortchanged the charter sector by more than $770 million over the past eight years.
DC Public Schools Enrollments Continue to Climb
October 8, 2014
There were 38,302 students enrolled in public charter schools and 47,651 in DC Public Schools (DCPS), based on an annual count conducted by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. That’s a nearly three percent increase for the public school system, and a little more than three percent for the charter schools. An audited report of enrollment is due early next year.
DC Charter Board Reviewing Admissions Preference for Children of Employees
October 8, 2014
The measure, which would give children a far better chance of getting into the charter schools where their parents work, is meant to bring the charter board’s policies in line with a law that the DC Council approved this past spring. That law is aimed at helping the city’s charter schools recruit and retain employees.
DC Mayoral Candidates Sound Off on Future of Charter and Traditional Schools
October 23, 2014
DC mayoral candidates recently faced a math problem of sorts: In 1966, the District had about 147,000 students in 196 schools. Now, there are 86,000 students in 213 neighborhood and charter school buildings, yet the city continues to open charter schools. Is this path sustainable?
DCSRN Offering Free Shuttle to EdFEST
DCSRN is partnering with Ketcham and Stanton Elementary Schools to sponsor a FREE Ward 8 shuttle bus for families to and from the 2014 DC EdFEST. EdFEST is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the DC Armory. Contact DCSRN if you need a ride.
In Case You Missed It: Must Reads
- October 2, 2014—Education activists urge DC mayoral candidates to commit to improving neighborhood schools.
- October 7, 2014—DC Council approves special education bills, aims to speed delivery of services.
- October 9, 2014—Innovations at Dunbar High School have sparked progress, but there is still a lot of student churn.
- October 10, 2014—Does Ward 3 need a charter middle school, or can Hardy transform itself?
- October 10, 2014—Duke Ellington Principal John Payne dies.
- October 14, 2014—Often foes, some districts and charters forge partnerships.
- October 15, 2014—Rocketship encounters opposition; chosen location is near halfway house.
- October 16, 2014—DC teachers share tips for implementing Common Core standards.
- October 17, 2014—Elementary students lobby DC Council for an official city rock: the Potomac bluestone.
- October 26, 2014—In DC’s erratic schools landscape, families debate how hands-on next mayor should be.
- October 27, 2014—Should DC limit charter growth? David Catania says no, while Bowser and Schwartz say maybe.
- October 31, 2014—Bilingual education: What’s available in Washington-area elementary schools?
- October 31, 2014—DC students flock to afterschool programs, but many low-income students are still left out.
- October 1, 2014—DC coalition pushes city leaders to commit to strong neighborhood schools citywide.
- October 1, 2014—DC charter schools come in first in new quality ranking.
- October 16, 2014—Anti-bullying policies fall short for 30 percent of DC charter schools, report says.
- October 15, 2014—Report finds wide disparities in local per-pupil spending; DC charters spend most.
October 30, 2014—Education advocates file amicus brief to dismiss DC charters’ funding lawsuit.