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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.
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 PARCC assessment.
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Notice of Schoolzilla Data Breach
DC Prep uses Schoolzilla PBC to warehouse student data. Schoolzilla recently informed all of its customers of a security incident that affected many clients, including DC Prep. We have no reason to believe that the incident will impact our students or their information. If you have any further questions, please visit Schoolzilla’s webpage describing the incident.
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.