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However, charters are freed from many of the rules that burden regular public schools. Charter schools have flexibility in the design of their school programs, their personnel decisions, and their resource allocation. In exchange for this freedom, public charter schools are held accountable for their school's performance including student achievement, organizational and fiscal management, and stakeholder satisfaction.
For more information on charter schools, please refer to the organizations and associations listed below.
The DC Public Charter School Board was created in 1995 by the School Reform Act and has the authority to grant charters in Washington. Board members are appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia from a list drawn up by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (“FOCUS”) is a charter school advocacy group in DC working with city and federal officials and the media to increase understanding of, and support for, charter schools. FOCUS also runs a charter school startup center, encouraging individuals and organizations to start charter schools and providing information, training, and support to them.
No Child Left Behind is a sweeping federal education law with the goal of ensuring that all public school children are proficient or better in Reading and Mathematics by school year 2013-14. Under the law, schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress (“AYP”), as measured by an annual state test, must offer parents the choice to transfer their children to a different school, and after two years of failing to make AYP, provide no-cost Supplemental Education Services (“SES”) to qualifying students.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (“OSSE”) – formerly known as the State Education Office (“SEO”), sets statewide policies, provides resources and support, and exercises accountability for all public education in DC. Key responsibilities include distributing federal grant funds focused on closing the achievement gap under No Child Left Behind, and monitoring student achievement through the development and administration of the DC CAS.
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DC Prep uses data to celebrate our students' successes and to measure their progress. We post student work in classrooms and on our data walls from which teachers plan their teaching priorities. If you do not wish to have your child's work displayed, please contact Kenny Wang, Director of Data and Accountability, at email@example.com. Thank you.
DC Prep partners with Revolution Foods to serve students healthy, nutritious meals. Revolution Foods’ Culinary Center is a peanut and tree nut-free facility. Revolution Foods tracks for the eight major allergens: dairy, wheat, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish. If your student is susceptible to these or has other special dietary needs, please reach out to the Operations Manager at your child’s campus.