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Mayor Gray To Convene Public Hearing On D.C. Public Schools Budget

This community notice comes to us from the Executive Office of the Mayor:


WASHINGTON -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray is convening a hearing that will give members of the public an opportunity to provide their input on shaping the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) budget for Fiscal Year 2012 -- a year that will force all D.C. agencies to engage in significant belt-tightening due to a major budget deficit.

SESI Admissions Director Fights Truancy at Students’ Front Doors

This story comes to us from Tony Gallotto:

David Clarke isn’t a cop or a truant officer, but for a few years now he has taken his fight against truancy directly to students’ front doors. Behind those doors, Clarke often finds students and their families in crisis causing unexcused absences.


Clarke, the admissions director for the six D.C. schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), said student truancy often has complicated underlying causes. “Most of our students are not skipping school just for the heck of it,” Clarke said.


“I have found some of our kids with no food, no electricity, no heat or hot water. Some were left to babysit younger siblings. Others were afraid to leave home because of neighborhood beefs,” said Clarke. “Some had no clean clothes, no money to do laundry and were embarrassed to come to school because they didn’t feel presentable.”


D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

This story comes to us from Audrey Williams:

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 19 applications to create new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  Twenty one applications were presented, but only 19 complete applications met the initial submission requirements specified in the Board’s guidelines. The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2012.


School Without Walls Senior Raising Monday For Senior Project

School Without Walls Senior Raising Monday For Senior Project

Like many overwhelmed seniors, who are visiting colleges and making tough decisions while finishing up their last year of high school, Kara, a resident of Cleveland Park and a senior at DC’s School Without Walls, is required to do a senior project for graduation.  Students select their own projects and mentors help them while they carry them out.  

Kara must write a research paper, and then give an oral presentation to members of the community who are familiar with the subject area.  At this joyous time of year, Kara’s choice is not joyous—instead it’s a serious subject that affects teenagers:  “Self-Harm.” 

e2Campus Announces New 360 Safety Suite

Complete communications offering keeps schools safer and more connected

4-H Youth Take On Water Quality and Environmental Issues

This story was sent to us by Victoria Houghton of the National 4-H Council:

Today, Wednesday, October 6, hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the nation will simultaneously conduct a three-tiered science experiment to learn how heightened levels of carbon dioxide can impact water quality. As part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, youth will participate in 4-H2O: the 2010 National Science Experiment.

157 Montgomery County Public School Students Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

There are 157 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2011 competition, eight more than the previous year. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

The MCPS semifinalists come from 16 high schools. The schools and their number of semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 8
Montgomery Blair: 40
Blake: 1
Winston Churchill: 13
Clarksburg: 1
Einstein: 1
Poolesville:  9
Quince Orchard: 2
Richard Montgomery: 30
Rockville: 1
Seneca Valley: 1
Springbrook: 3
Walter Johnson: 7
Walt Whitman: 24
Watkins Mill: 1
Wootton: 15