S.H.A.P.P.E. is an organization of the District of Columbia Public (DCPS) high school parent leaders, concerned educators and principals in Washington D.C. We have been meeting monthly since February of 1998. We originally came together to share our frustration and grief at the level of violence in our city. We currently work together to strategically influence policies, practices and budget decisions that impact our city’s teenagers.
The core of our work is in our monthly meetings, our support and collaboration of the other public education advocacy groups and in our public testimony and communications. Information on these topics can be found in the sidebar. For other information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
S.H.A.P.P.E. is a group working cooperatively on: service distribution among our schools.
. 1. Promoting an equitable standard of resource and service distribution between the schools.
· 2. Expanded educational opportunities including advanced academic classes and job training.
· 3. A comprehensive approach to safety and health in our schools.
· 4. Modernized facilities aligned with sound educational practice.
· 5. The funding necessary to achieve these goals.
S.H.A.P.P.E. facilitates partnerships between:--·
Parents, principals and educators in the 18 senior high schools
· Local senior high schools and the central District of Columbia Public Schools administration
· Metropolitan Police Department, Human Services, Recreation and the local senior high schools
· The Mayor’s office, the City Council and the local senior high schools (S.H.A.P.P.E. members)
· Local senior high schools and other advocacy groups working for our young people.
Next S.H.A.P.P.E. Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 30th, Jason Kamras will be the guest speaker.
State Constitution on Education: DC School Policy areas under DME etc. includes the issues in the draft constitution that pertain to education.
Council Member Grosso has submitted legislation on policy. The hearing is July 11th at 1pm in Room 412. You can view the policy under DC City Council
Save Our Schools March and Coalition event on July 8th and 9th
Council introducing legislation on Public Education Facilities - hearing is July 11th
The office of the Deputy Mayor for Education has posted this website to help people in understanding the results of this year's assessments.
There are some important opportunities still available Globalize DC
Results for the PARCC assessment can be found here: http://osse.dc.gov/parcc/2015results
May 25 at 5:23 PM
The May 20 Metro article “3 new charter schools approved” reported on the approval of a new charter high school east of the Anacostia River. D.C. Public Schools has built two beautiful high schools there and fully modernized a third. These schools are designed to support excellent programming and include specialized spaces in science, technology, engineering and math, visual and performing arts and athletics. They represent an investment in the future. DCPS plans to open a new high school for young men of color in Ward 7. With the Public Charter School Board’s approval to open Washington Leadership Academy, Wards 7 and 8 will have 11 high schools.
The District should incorporate service learning and pilot single-sex education into existing high schools east of the river. Instead of incurring the significant capital and ongoing facilities commitments of new schools, and the further shuffling of students that follows, this could strengthen education for the more than 4,500 students in public high schools there.
Cathy Reilly, Washington
The writer is executive director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators.
Public Education Needs a Plan Cathy Reilly and Eboni Rose Thompson
The good news is that we agree with Scott Pearson and Skip McCoy of the Public Charter School Board when they say that they do not want to follow the path of Detroit and New Orleans and become a city of all charter schools. (Wash. Post March 20) We want to retain a strong neighborhood school system "of right" along with charter options. This is the vision arrived at after months of citywide public engagement as part of the Final Recommendations on Student Assignment Policies and School Boundaries in the fall of 2014.
Cathy Reilly is the Executive Director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents and Educators and Eboni Rose Thompson is the Chair of the Ward 7 Education Council and an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 7. Both of us were members of the Student Assignment Advisory Committee