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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 2001
President Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Chairperson
(All members of the Board of Education)
The oversight responsibilities of the Committee of the Whole include, but are not
- Receiving monthly Committee reports.
- Providing oversight for Public Charter Schools authorized by the Board of Education
including policy guidelines, application procedures for new schools and ongoing monitoring
of implementation and progress of existing Public Charter Schools.
- Coordinating overall strategies for the Board of Education in carrying out its statutory
- Conducting the Annual Review of the school system pursuant to Title 5, Section 220 of
the Rules of the Board of Education.
- Establishing goals and objectives to effectively monitor and evaluate the performance of
the Superintendent of Schools pursuant to Title 5, Section 220 of the Rules of the
Board of Education.
- Monitoring and evaluating the internal operation of the Board and its staff.
- Appointing ad hoc committees as may be appropriate.
- Monitoring and reviewing contracts with bargaining units and making recommendations
regarding negotiated agreements.
- Reviewing school closing proposals and recommending appropriate action.
The Committee of the Whole reserves the right to consider matters
not otherwise designated to be the jurisdiction of other committees and may consider from
time to time, matters brought before it at the discretion of the Chairman. As approved by
the Board of Education, any issue referred to a committee of the Board that is not acted
upon by the committee within 90 days may be acted upon by the Committee of the Whole.
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COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION & STUDENT SERVICES 2001
Laura Gardner and Tommy Wells, Co-Chairpersons
The Committee on Special Education & Student Services shall have
oversight responsibility for all educational operations, reform efforts and programs
inclusive of curriculum and instructional support, educational standards, assessment and
The specific Committee responsibilities are:
- Monitoring and reviewing the content, operation, and effectiveness of all educational
programs, pre-k through 12, with particular emphasis on efforts to reform and set higher
standards for student performance in the Early Childhood, Elementary, Junior High/Middle,
and the Renaissance Senior High Schools.
- Monitoring and evaluating the entire performance of the delivery of special education
services, including assessments, placements and reevaluations.
- Monitoring the Superintendent's implementation of curriculum, instructional support, and
- Monitoring the receipt, disseminations and implementation of grants designed to improve
- Monitoring the Superintendent's implementation of student testing, assessment and school
- Reviewing and monitoring the results of student assessments, including the present
citywide testing program and all efforts to broaden assessment to become more
- Monitoring the implementation of graduation requirements in general, including a review
and study of the effect on special student populations.
- Monitoring and assessing the performance of school-based governance, Local School
Restructuring Teams (LSRT) and other initiatives, including but not limited to enterprise
schools, teacher-led charter schools, Public Charter Schools, and the educational aspects
of management services contracts.
- Monitoring the implementation and progress of the Goals 2000 initiative and other
ongoing District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) initiatives.
- Reviewing and monitoring the ongoing implementation of all School to Work initiatives,
including the Linking Learning to Earning initiative, and other programs associated
with outside organizations.
- Monitoring the operation of student services, inclusive of, but not limited to
counseling, athletics, extracurricular activities, student health and nutrition, student
government, the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and Anti-Drug Abuse
Programs and Services.
- Reviewing and monitoring enrollment and attendance data and related policies.
- Monitoring Board policies relating to student regulations in areas such as dress codes
and close campuses.
- Monitoring the implementation of Chapter 25, including suspension, expulsion and
discipline policies, alternative programs and placements, as well as, in-school suspension
- Surveying and monitoring parent, student, and community opinions of D.C. Public Schools'
educational services and the interactive relationship of organizations, such as the
Parent-Teacher-School Associations (PTAs) and the Home/School Associations.
- Monitoring the work of special "Task Forces" developed to enhance programs and
services to the students of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
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COMMITTEE ON FINANCES & FACILITIES 2001
William Lockridge and Robert Peck, Co-Chairpersons
The Committee on Finances & Finances shall have oversight
responsibility for budgetary allocation and expenditure of all D.C. Public School funds,
as well as, the management, administrative and support functions of the school facilities.
Further, the Committee shall have oversight responsibility for all functions associated
with the rules of the Board of Education
The specific responsibilities shall include:
- Reviewing and monitoring the budgets (appropriated, non-appropriated and capital) of the
D.C. Public Schools, and executing those responsibilities incumbent in the annual
consideration and review of the budget, including public hearings and budget formulation,
justification, execution and audit.
- Monitoring the management and financial aspects of Federally funded programs and other
- Providing ongoing oversight of all financial formulas, components, and reporting,
including a consolidated program budget, a citizens' budget summary, school-based budget,
periodic reports, reprogramming of funds and other formats.
- Conducting ongoing review and evaluation of the budgetary impact of contractual
agreements including outsourcing.
- Monitoring and evaluating the overall administrative structure, policies and practices
of administrative and financial services.
- Monitoring management policies and practices of the administrative and financial
- Developing and monitoring financial and asset management strategies to develop and best
utilize the fiscal resources of the D.C. Public Schools.
- Reviewing and monitoring hiring practices, employment standards, staffing and
recruitment, and recommending policies to improve the acquisition, development, evaluation
and retention of a quality workforce.
- Analyzing and evaluating the budgetary and management impact of proposed contracts with
- Considering the legal sufficiency and format, and recommending appropriate action
regarding rulemaking and legislative proposals when recommended by the substantive
- Monitoring and overseeing the general operation of the D.C. Public Schools' buildings
- Monitoring and overseeing progress of Capital Projects.
- Monitoring the inventory of the D.C. Public Schools capital facilities.
- Monitoring and evaluating the Master Facilities Plan (which includes the development and
implementation of a comprehensive long-range capital plan for upgrading, modernizing and
replacing schools and facilities to assure meeting of current standards and functional
- Conducting a review of present and proposed building use agreements and leases, and
making recommendations to the Board.
- Monitoring the establishment and modifications of school boundaries in accordance with
demographic trends and building capacities.
- Monitoring the implementation of and compliance with the fire/life safety codes and
- Promoting and monitoring efforts to increase energy efficiency and recycling in all D.C.
Public Schools buildings.
- Monitoring physical security to ensure safety in all D.C. Public Schools buildings and
Reviewing and monitoring facility requirements and/or modifications
associated with current and proposed educational initiatives.
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COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION 2001
Charles Lawrence and Julie Mikuta, Co-Chairpersons
The Committee on Instruction shall have oversight responsibility for
all activities and policies affecting educational objectives, content and performance
standards, instructional assessment and academic accountability.
The specific responsibilities of the Committee shall include the
- Collaborate with the Finance & Facilities Committee to ensure that the Master
Facilities Plan supports the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Instructional
- Monitor the development, implementation and ongoing revision of the DCPS Instructional
- Review the Instructional (Academic) Plan and provide feedback to the DCPS
- Review and monitor the implementation of the DCPS Academic Plan and those
activities/programs supporting the plan, including teacher training, technology usage,
instructional materials, budgetary requirements, school partnerships and community
- Review performance criteria, assessment instruments and promotion policies at each
school level and facilitate public forums.
- Review the academic climate, expectations, teamwork and other factors affecting
performance at the local school levels and conduct public forums on ways to improve
educational programs and school climate.
- Conduct a review of the Local School Restructuring Team (LSRT), particularly with
respect to its effectiveness in influencing local school decision-making on academic
practices, policies and implementation.
- Receive and recommend to the Board the proposed school calendar.
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COMMITTEE ON OPERATIONS & BIG IDEAS 2001
Roger Wilkins and Dwight Singleton, Co-Chairpersons
The Committee on Operations and Big Ideas shall be responsible for
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