The overarching goal of S.H.A.P.P.E. in all of our work is to support the families and citizens of DC in their desire to sustain and grow a strong quality publicly managed school system.  We believe it is vital that DCPS be strengthened and maintained.  We believe that coming together to discuss and decide what is important for our children to learn, how individuals and schools will be evaluated and what the resources and supports needed are, is an integral part of maintaining a democracy.  We now have 66 separate school systems in DC with 65 of them managed by non- profit boards.  The share of students attending DCPS has fallen since Mayoral Control even as the city’s population has grown. 

S.H.A.P.P.E. continues to be a group working cooperatively on: promoting an equitable standard of resource and service distribution among public schools; expanding educational opportunities; a comprehensive approach to safety and health; and modernized facilities aligned with sound educational practice.  To achieve this we facilitate partnerships between parents, principals and educators in the 17 DCPS high schools. We also work to expand the direct communication between the high school communities and the public and private agencies that affect their work with young people.

S.H.A.P.P.E. will continue to advocate for strong education policy, a fair equitable budget, and sound evaluation tools to inform policy and practice and the necessary broader civic engagement to achieve a better education for our city’s young people.


Important Announcements:

There are a number of initiatives to communicate the characteristics parents, teachers and community members would like to see in the DCPS Chancellor. The memo from SHAPPE is attached below. This letter laid the groundwork for meetings with Council Members and came from folks all over the city. This is the letter that went out from CM Brandon Todd and the Ward 4 Education Alliance.  Meetings and communications are also coming from other wards.  

DC will choose candidates for the State Board of Education in this year's November 6th election.  SHAPPE belongs to C4DC, they have circulated a questionnaire to each candidate in Wards 1,3,4,5 and 6.  You can view these http://www.c4dcpublicschools.org/2018-sboe/.  The video of the C4Dc Ward 1 and 5 Candidate Forum can be found here; https://www.facebook.com/c4dcpublicschools/videos/711669085860470/The Ward 4 election will be on December 4th.  

DCPS asked for feedback on a credit recovery proposal.  You can see the SHAPPE response under SHAPPE testimony and letters.  

The Graduation Requirement Task Force made recommendations in these three areas:

Task force members reached consensus on the following recommendations for the consideration of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to put forward into regulatory policy. the State Board of Education will vote on them this month.

● Provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate they have mastered course content for world language and mathematics in lieu of taking the course. 

● Reduce the number of required community service hours from 100 to 50. 

● Create a personalized learning plan for each public school student in the District, and revisit this plan in elementary, middle, and high school to ensure the student is on track to graduate.

Posted below and under the DME heading to the left are 4 testimonies that give important feedback on the Cross Sector Task Force Recommendations. 

Fiscal Year FY 19 initial school budgets can be found here:


Fiscal Year FY18 School Budgets can be viewed here http://dcpsdatacenter.com/fy18_initial.html

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