The DC Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force was charged with developing clear and fair recommendations for the Mayor on how to improve the coherence among and collaboration across public schools to improve effectiveness and efficiency. The Task Force met monthly, focusing its efforts on recommending strategies and solutions for the priority issues that will have the most impact on improving student outcomes for all public schools from cross-sector efforts between DCPS and public charter schools.
With approximately 55 percent of public school students attending DCPS and 45 percent attending a public charter school, the next chapter of improving education in DC is for both sectors to work together. The report culminates two-plus years of intensive engagement, learning, analysis, debate and cooperation from the members of the Task Force.
Structure and Membership
The Task Force, co-chaired by former interim DME Ahnna Smith and Mayor Anthony Williams, had 22 members representing various Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and district agencies, as well as public school parents and community members. Membership was balanced across sectors, demographics, and ward of residence.
|Jim Sandman (facilitator)||President, Legal Services Corporation; Former General Counsel, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS); former Managing Partner, Arnold & Porter|
|Ahnna Smith (co-chair)||Former Interim Deputy Mayor for Education|
|Anthony Williams (co-chair)||CEO & Executive Director, Federal City Council; Former Mayor|
Interim Chancellor, DCPS
Deputy Chief, Community Engagement, DCPS
Graduate, DCPS; Senior Advisor, KIPP DC PCS; Former Ward 4 City Councilwoman
Executive Director, DC Scholars Community Schools
|Faith Gibson Hubbard||
Chief Student Advocate, Office of the Student Advocate, State Board of Education (SBOE)
Principal, Achievement Prep PCS; DC Prep PCS Parent; Member, My School DC Parent Advisory Council; Member, DC School Reform Now; Member, PCSB Parent & Alumni Leadership Council (PALC)
Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS Parent; Former Public and PCS Teacher; Director of House Democratic Diversity Initiative at United States House of Representatives
Executive Director, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
|Hanseul Kang||State Superintendent of Education|
Deputy Chancellor, DCPS; Former Chief Academic Officer, KIPP DC; Former Principal, DCPS
|Emily Lawson||Founder, Board Member, and Former CEO, DC Prep PCS|
|Bethany Little||Murch ES and BASIS PCS Parent; Principal, EducationCounsel|
|Claudia Luján||Deputy Chief, Strategic School Planning, DCPS|
|Scott Pearson||Executive Director, Public Charter School Board (PCSB)|
Bancroft Parent; Chair, Bancroft ES Local School Advisory Team (W1)
President, Ward 7 Representative, SBOE
Founding Director, The DeBruce Foundation; Benjamin Banneker HS Parent; Former Chair, PCSB
Founder & CEO, Achievement Prep PCS; Chair, DC Association
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