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.