OOG calls out Charter School Board for notice violations

The powerful board that oversees charter schools in Washington acted improperly when it voted in June to allow a charter network to expand, the D.C. Office of Open Government has ruled.

The finding has sparked calls by some parents and activists to void the charter school board’s decision.

But the school panel said it has no intention of reversing the June 19 decision to allow the D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter Schools, known as D.C. Prep, to expand.

The Office of Open Government ruled that the D.C. Public Charter School Board violated city laws by not giving the public adequate notice about the vote or enough time to submit testimony.

The Office of Open Government did not, however, in any of its four recommendations to the board, require that the board void the decision and take another vote.

To read the full Washington Post story click here

The Educationdc blog covered the subject here. The blog editor later wrote D.C. Attorney General Karl Rove asking him to intervene and require a correctly-held meeting and re-vote.

And the community letter to the Public Charter School Board, joined by the Washington Lawyers Committee, is here.