In a letter sent today to Mayor Bowser, the Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities urged that the soon-to-be-launched Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force include strong public participation and be informed by and build on the Vision and work of the Student Assignment Committee.
The letter — signed by 12 education organizations in the city, including Education Councils from all eight wards — begins:
"We are pleased to see that Deputy Mayor for Education Niles is launching this important effort on cross-sector collaboration and coordinated planning.... As your Administration works to set-up this task force, we wish to emphasize three points:
Build on the recommendations from the Student Assignment Committee that received a clear message from a wide cross-section of city residents,
Maintain an open and transparent process, with extensive public access to information, and
Include a majority of city parents and community leaders on the task force."
The letter was signed by the following organizations:
Ward 1 Education Collaborative
Ward 2 Education Network
Ward 3 – Wilson Feeder Education Network
Ward 4 Education Alliance
Ward 5 Council on Education
Capitol Hill Public School Parents Organization (“CHPSPO”)
Ward 7 Education Council
Ward 8 Education Council
DC Language Immersion Project
DC Fiscal Policy Institute (“DCFPI”)
21st Century School Fund
Senior High Alliance of Parents Principals and Educators (“S.H.A.P.P.E.)
The letter concludes with an invitation to the mayor to work together on this project as it moves forward.