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Citizens to Debate Council Vote and School Takeover, April 11th
By Jim Berry
Apr 4, 2007, 20:05

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For those of you who have been following the DC City Council's deliberations concerning the DC Public Schools, you may be interested in the following community discussion on April 11th at 6:30pm.

Citizens to Debate Council Vote and School Takeover Proposal at PCDC Pubic Forum on April 11th

The first vote by the City Council has been taken, and now it is time for reactions, political analysis, and commentary. Join Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC) on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 13th and Emerson Streets, N.E., Washington, D.C. for a forum on the school takeover and the aftermath of the Council vote. Where do we go from here? PCDC is sponsoring a forum with a panel of media, civic leaders, labor, and officials to discuss the pros and cons of the pending takeover of the D.C. public schools. The forum entitled: “Standing Up for Children, Families, and Communities: The Role of Government and Stakeholders in Improving Our Schools, Our Neighborhoods,” is free and open to the public.

The Forum will be a public discourse on school governance and will focus on critical topics such as: citizens' involvement in the decision making process, the impact of the environment on academic achievement in the District, and possible solutions to improving schools and neighborhoods. Invited guest panelist include: representatives from the Mayor’s office, School Board President, Robert Bobb and others. The panel will address questions from the moderator and the audience; for example:

▪ What is the cost of the proposed school takeover and the impact on bureaucracy?

▪ What does accountability entail? Will being in charge guarantee success and problems fixed?

▪ How can D.C. reduce the problems in communities and homes that affect teaching and learning?

▪ How can the D.C. school system improve school performance now?

▪ What are the roles and responsibilities of parents, teachers, civic leaders, business leaders, labor, faith community, and government leaders in improving education?

▪ How does the “No Child Left Behind” law impact schools?

▪ How can we make a difference in education and make D.C. a model for the world?

▪ Should traditional D.C. schools be funded like charter schools? Why are charter and traditional schools regulated differently overall?

▪ Should there be a referendum for any Home Rule charter changes? Can we wait for Wards 4 and 7 elections?

▪ The mayoral schools takeover--a panacea, cure-all, current fad, or public relations attention-grabber?▪

The forum is free and open to the public.

Premier Community Development Corporation -- Improving Ward 5 Housing, Economic Development and Quality of Life
1309 Rhode Island Ave. NE Suite B, Washington, D.C. 20018 ♦ Phone: 202.250.PCDC ♦ Fax: 202.250.PCD3 ♦

Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC)
Contact: Hazel Thomas, Chair, 202-491-9245
Dominique West, Forum Chair, 202-898-5063
Stephanie Rones, Ex. Director, 202-250-PCDC

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