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Ward 7 Education Community Conversation 08.11.2012 Notes

Ward 7 Education Community Conversation 08.11.2012 Notes

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WARD 7 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION NOTES
Saturday August 11
th
, 2012
 
Motion by Emily Washington Voted upon and unanimously accepted by the Ward 7 Participants
 I move that no schools are closed in Ward 7 until a school reform plan based on a genuine analysisof student achievement by class is advanced by the Ward 7 stakeholders from every Ward Sector; place a
moratorium on opening new Charter schools in Ward 7 until after the Ward 7 Peoples’ Plan for School
reform is advanced.
Concerns/Issues 
 
 
Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
 – 
Section 11-18
 – 
must have community and parentinvolvement in decision-making. How does this fit into that
 – 
how are we working towardcompliance?
(DME explains this is not “in compliance” because there are no decisions being made,
only recommendations being formed)
 
Not enough parents here
 
 Visibility of the DME and want him hands on in the community 
 
 The $ paid for the IFF (37 closing recommendations) is same as funding this convo (incorrect)
 
2 newest schools have not succeeded b/c $ is not put into improvement by chancellor/superintendent.
 
$ could be put to behavior staff (budget)
 
 What was the original agenda? This wasn’t written anywhere.
 
 
 W 
hite Paper Submitted to Mayor’s Office
(Emily Washington)
 – 
 
see end of notes for full text 
.
 
Lack of equity 
 
Staffing 
 
Lack of resources
 
How is quality being defined? (I.e. teacher quality, parent quality, absenteeism/truancy)
 
Quality administration; recommendations; parental involvement
 
Language in IFF report being used in DME communications
 – 
 
“quality seats”
 
 
 Admin need to explain the connection b/w test scores and closings
 
 What role do “enrollment” #s play in decisions?
 
 
“This is not about school closures” – 
wrong: DME is saying one thing staff saying another
 
Creating “separate but =” system. This is an insult of the first order
 
 
School closures
 – 
as an attack on children
 – 
 
compromises children’s safety 
 
 
 What about closing ‘charter’ schools
?
 
# of people on staff @ DME office
and they’re not reachable
 
 
 A great deal of cheating @ schools;
 
# chancellor report who tells the charter board what?
 
Standardized test scores determined the ‘tiers’ – 
what was other criteria?
 
 The way we develop our community now will impact us for years to come
 
 Test scores do matter
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WARD 7 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION NOTES
 
Saying that “we don’t know what quality is” is insulting 
 
o
 
DME states that there is multitude of definitions of quality 
 – 
 
so there’s no one definition.
 
 
Schools worse off now than it was before everyone fired
 
Bullying 
 
 Truancy 
 
School distance
 
How are all the notes being compiled, shared?
o
 
DME and Public Agenda state that notes will be typed up by Public Agenda, shared withPlanning Team to disseminate to Ward 7 residents
 
Need to deal with the dynamics in Ward 7
 – 
no comparison (in a lot of ways)
 
Sending students to children in other wards -> not investing in our own ward
 
Don’t need outsiders tellin
g us what to do
 
Need constant community involvement
 – 
when things are good and bad
 – 
need to sustain thisenergy 
 
Model what’s working 
 
 
Schools are changing principals too much
 
Equity 
 
Resources not distributed equally 
 
Staffing not enough to handle children’s
needs
 
Some teachers are inexperienced
 
 At the end of the day it’s about resources
 
 
50-60% students on IAP, schools and staff not equipped to handle this
 
High % of students with behavioral and psych issues
 
Systematic neglect of residents east of the river; separate and unequal
Suggestions/Recommendations 
 
Signed contract b/w teacher/school/student/principal
 
Keep librarian in all schools (discourage TV); modern libraries and library 
 
Retain small schools to keep classes small
 
Computer labs
 
Require spelling, grammar
 
Nutrition
 
Motion to vehemently oppose school closings in Ward and moratorium on pg 77; until there iscommunity involvement; vetting process (THIS MOTION WILL BE PUT IN A FORMALSTATEMENT TO GO TO DME, OSSE, MAYOR)
 
Improve quality 
 
Gangs/Bullying 
 
Need to have follow-
up conversation with W2, W3, W6 to find out what they’re doing that could
help in W1, W4, W5, W7, W8.
 
Councilwoman to speak directly to De
Shawn Wright
 
Councilwoman should speak to constituents about IFF report
 
Education plan tailored for Ward 7.
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WARD 7 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION NOTES
 
Move on E Washington’s motion
 
o
 
Moratorium on new charter until education plan is developed (accepted by group)
 
Change student to teacher ratio to have 2 full time teachers
 – 
Elementary 15:1, High School 20:1
 
No more than 25% of students on IEP:
and 504’s
 
 
Curriculum development is relevant to students in particular school
 
Review and asses admin of schools
 
 Team approach
 
Increase class tech. to engage students
 
City conscience revisiting boundaries
 
Observe best practices from other jurisdictions
 – 
pu
t in place things we’re looking for in other areas
 
 
Strengthen office of DC state board of education
 
Shared space in schools
 
Bring central office to schools buildings
 
Develop a true assessment process for Ward 7 schools
 
Look at top 5 countries to see curriculum develop options
 
 ANC’s – 
frontline; should know school districts within your districts -> which students are going toschool outside the district
 
 All schools have libraries and librarian
 
Conduct services
 
Parent as partners (partnerships in school law)
 
 Justification of poor test scores (why are they poor)
 
Create working definition of quality education for Ward 7
 
Hold chancellor accountable
 
Create certified classrooms
o
 
Clean, clocks-working, computers, smartboards
 
Bring back office of ombudsman and raise it to the level of OSSE
 
Create office of parent engagement, bring to OSSE
 
Staff Hours are ensured noon-8pm
 
Public evaluation of mayoral school take-over (since of 5 years)
 
Convene Ward 7 meeting w/ DME to address what has been discussed today.
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