Empower DC takes our message to the Mayor

FIGHT DISPLACEMENT WITH EMPOWER DC @ THE CITIZEN SUMMIT

VIEW THE VIDEO OF LAST WEEK’S ACTION SUMMIT & CALL TO ACTION:

http://youtu.be/0G9r_Qrs_QE

Join Empower DC to send a message to Mayor Gray:

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS,

& SAVE OUR COMMUNITIES!

Join the Empower DC contingent at the

Mayor’s “One City Citizen’s Summit”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Meet at 11 AM

At the Convention Center

801 Mt Vernon Pl, NW

Meet at Mt Vernon Pl. entrance/across from Carnegie Library/Mt Vernon Sq Metro

*Wear your Empower DC tshirt*

Join us to deliver information to summit participants about

PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSINGS And DC’s LOSS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

RSVP to Daniel@empowerdc.org , (202) 234-9119 x104

Register for the Summit at www.onecitysummit.dc.gov

BACKGROUND:

Mayor Gray recently commissioned a study of DC schools by the Illinois Facility Fund (IFF) and paid for by the Walton Foundation (Wal-Mart) and several other interests heavily invested in charter schools. The study divided DC schools up into 4 tiers (Tier 1 being the highest “performing” and Tier 4 being the “lowest performing”). The methodology used to rank the schools into Tiers was by looking at Standardized Test Score Results (DCCAS)

Overall the study offers 4 recommendations

Invest in facilities and programs to accelerate performance in Tier 2 schools.

Close or Turnaround Tier 4 DCPS Schools. Close Tier 4 charter schools.

Fill seats in Tier 1 Schools. Sustain the performing capacity of Tier 1 schools.

Monitor Tier 3 schools.

When reading the recommendations for the specific Top Ten Clusters, IFF also recommends to close some Tier 3 DCPS schools. Here are the Tier 3 and 4 schools the report recommends to close or turn around broken down by Ward.

Ward 1 – 2 schools – Bruce Monroe @ Parkview, Cardozo High School (both Tier 4)

Ward 4 – 5 schools – Brightwood Ed. Campus, Roosevelt High School (both Tier 4) —– Macfarland Middle, Raymond Ed. Campus, Truesdell Ed. Campus (these 3 are Tier 3)

Ward 5 – 5 schools – Burroughs Ed. Campus, Browne Ed. Campus, Spingarn High School, Wheatley Ed. Campus (these 4 are Tier 4) —- Noyes Ed. Campus (Tier 3)

Ward 7 – 10 schools – Aiton Elementary, Drew Elementary, Kelly Miller Middle, Woodson High School, CW Harris Elementary, Davis Elementary, Nalle Elementary (These 7 are Tier 4) —- Plummer Elementary, Beers Elementary, Randle Highlands Elementary (These 3 Tier 3)

Ward 8 – 16 schools – Anacostia High School, Kramer Middle, Garfield Elementary, Stanton Elementary, Johnson Middle School, Malcolm X elementary, Ferebee-Hope Elementary school, Terrell/McGogney elementary school, Patterson Elementary, Simon elementary (These 10 are Tier 4) —- Orr elementary, Ballou High School, Hart Middle, Hendley Elementary, King Elementary, Leckie Elementary (These 6 are Tier 3)

IN TOTAL, 38 DC PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE AT-RISK OF CLOSURE.

OUR MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR IS SIMPLE.

Mayor Gray, We Hold YOU Accountable to

Save our Schools & Communities:

We reject the flawed findings of the IFF report and its recommendations to close/turn around DCPS schools.

We demand a moratorium on school closures until a valid community-led process is developed for evaluating our schools.

Let’s start by holding a One City Citizen’s Summit dedicated solely to Education, where students, parents and educators – the real experts – can lead the discussion on how to better our schools.

Let’s try something new. Let’s work with the community to find the solution. We look forward to your response.

Parisa B. Norouzi
Executive Director
Empower DC
1419 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-9119

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