Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Charter school allowance

From Ariana QuiƱones-Miranda at FOCUS
Hello all,

We are launching a campaign to preserve the public charter school facility allowance. We need your help in having your trustees, parents and allies contact key city officials to let them know we don’t support cuts to the facilities allowance. And with the wonders of technology, and some help from our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, you can now click on a link (below) to send a customizable email message to the city officials working on the city budget.


Please help by calling or emailing one or all of the following individuals before Friday the 13th to state your support for maintaining the facilities allowance at its current level of $3,109 per student. You don’t have to engage in any conversation; it should just take one minute each to make the statement, say thank you, and hang up or to click on the link, customize your message, and hit send.

1. Dan Tangherlini, City Administrator, 202 727-4036,
2. William Singer, Chief of Budget Execution, 202 478-9200,
3. Victor Reinoso, Deputy Mayor for Education, 202 727-3636,

Paste the web address below in your email browser to send a customizable email message to these officials:

Thanks for your support and my apologies if you have received this message already.

Ariana QuiƱones-Miranda
Deputy Director
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
1530 16th Street NW, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202 387-0405
Fax: 202 667-3798
Cel: 202 903-4609


Guy who knows a thing or two about school finance said...

$3109/student is the current level? That is REALLY low for facilities financing. DCPS School Modernization allocated $5,000 per student for UPGRADES.

The charter facility allowance has to cover leasing, construction or renovation and buildout, maintenance, and occupancy costs.

Not to mention a rainy day fund for when the heating system breaks down in January.

When Obama said no charter caps last night he should have added "and don't weasel around this by forcing charters out onto the streets."

Anonymous said...

why by the 13th? is there a vote on this that day?

Dan said...

I am the husband of a talented and passionate young teaching fellow who was riffed today after more than two years of dedicated service to her students.

Her urgent dedication to helping raise the achievement of high need and disadvantaged students has been a theme of her career. In rural Nepal, aged just 18, she creatively led a class of primary students through an uninspiring national curriculum (often protecting them from the headmaster's cane). In east London, she worked patiently to improve the employment prospects and English language skills of impoverished Bangladeshi immigrants. In Sudan, she developed a practical curriculum to improve the spoken language skills and cultural awareness of thousands of primary school children and hundreds of university students. On arriving in the district, she worked to train teachers for placements overseas before being accepted into the DC Fellows program, where, for the last couple of years she has worked tirelessly to raise the achievement levels of DC's young men and women.

I am so angry about the turn of events that led to her dismissal and so totally exhausted by the lack of support and appreciation by the successive administrations of her school that my faith in the DC school system and its leadership is all but gone. I question both the competence and strategy of its leadership at both a district and school level, but most of all I cannot understand the turn of events that led to her being evaluated as teacher that should be dismissed under any circumstances.

I am the fortunate position to have witnessed her inspirational teaching and her tireless dedication to her students. I include myself amongst the many teachers she has trained, and was impressed and inspired when I taught alongside her in Sudan. She was observed for no more the five minutes by her current administration.

The DC public school system is truly in a sorry, sorry state. Today, in my humble opinion, DC students lost one of their most caring and committed advocates. They cannot afford to loose many more.