S.H.A.P.P.E. is a group working cooperatively on: service distribution among our schools. 

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 dc.s.h.a.p.p.e@gmail.com 

·       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.


Important Announcements

The April SHAPPE meeting will be held on April 25th, 2017 at the Eastern HS.  

The State Board of Education voted on and passed the OSSE submission of the accountability plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.  As noted below in the talking points, we had hoped to see broader measures than attendance, re-enrollment, grad rates and academic performance at the high school level.  Members who voted against the plan in hopes to have it further amended were Ruth Wattenberg of ward 3, Joe Wheedon of Ward 6 and Marcus Batchelor of Ward 8.  Members who voted in favor of the plan supported by the Mayor and OSSE were Laura Wilson Phelan of Ward 1, Jack Jacobson of Ward 2, Lannette Woodruff of Ward 4, Mark Jones of Ward 5, Karen Williams of Ward 7 and Ashley Carter. 

You can find their testimonies here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=9000&MID=2357

See the side panel for copies of excellent testimony and more detail.  

Fiscal Year Initial School Budgets can be viewed here http://dcpsdatacenter.com/fy18_initial.html

Here are some important talking points on the ESSA proposal


Results for the PARCC assessment can be found here: http://osse.dc.gov/parcc

Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities