Review of School Closures within the District of Columbia Public Schools; School Boundary Review Act
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a Public Oversight Hearing and Public Hearing by the Committee of the Whole on Bill 19-734, the “School Boundary Review Act,” and a review of school closures within the District of Columbia Public Schools. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., continuing Monday, November 19, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
The purpose of the hearing is to provide the public an opportunity to comment on proposed school closings to be set forth by the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) or consolidations, and the closure process. The Committee expects that the Chancellor will have announced proposed school closings the week before the hearing. This hearing will also examine legislation to require DCPS to periodically review and adjust public school boundaries and feeder patterns, and to report regularly on proposed changes.
Those who wish to testify are asked to register online or by telephone Ms. Erika Wadlington, Legislative Assistant,(202) 724-8124, or via email at EWadlington@dccouncil.us and furnish their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business Tuesday, November 13, 2012. As it is anticipated that a large number of witnesses will testify, witnesses will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee expects to accommodate up to 50 witnesses on Thursday, November 15th, and 50 on Monday, November 19th. Witnesses will be signed up for their requested day in the order requests are received by the Committee. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on November 13, 2012 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 506 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012.