Report Ranks Washington, DC First Place for its Independent Charter Board and School Autonomy
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Audrey Williams 202-328-2748
Washington, D.C. — Washington, DC earned the number one spot in the 2011 charter law rankings released by the Center for Education Reform. The report, The State of Charter Schools: What We Know – and What We Do Not – About Performance and Accountability, cited DC’s model independent board and charter school autonomy.
PCSB Board Chair Brian W. Jones participated in a webinar for the release of the report. In his remarks Jones acknowledged that charter schools are a major factor in public education in the District of Columbia. DC charter schools educate more than 32,000 students -- 40 percent of all school-age children in DC. “Charter schools have established themselves as a strong, viable alternative in public education. And the PCSB, as the authorizer of DC charter schools, is serious about holding charter schools accountable,” Jones said. “Charter school operators make a promise to educate students and if they fail to live up to that promise, they are subject to closure.” To hear more of Jones’s remarks and the other panelists at the webinar, click on the link:
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The D.C. Public Charter School Board oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses, serving more than 32,000 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more about the PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com.
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