Letter to Mayor Bowser on the Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force

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:

  1. Build on the recommendations from the Student Assignment Committee that received a clear message from a wide cross-section of city residents, 
  2. Maintain an open and transparent process, with extensive public access to information, and
  3. Include a majority of city parents and community leaders on the task force."  

>> Read the full letter to Mayor Bowser urging greater public participation in the Cross-Sector Collaboration 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.