Why do the bigwigs in the charter school sector get to select the new DCPS chancellor, who has no authority over the charters?

Good afternoon Councilmembers,

I am Iris J. Toyer, a resident of Ward 8 and a long time public school advocate.  The point of this email is to bring to your attention the composition of the selection panel for the next Chancellor for the D.C. Public Schools.  I am deeply concerned that the charter school community seems to have such a prominent role in this selection process.

As you are aware the D.C. Public School Chancellor has absolutely no authority over any charter school in this city.  The Chancellor cannot make any determinations on the siting of a school, the board composition of a school, the curriculum, staff or any other matter related to a charter.  Additionally, as I was recently reminded the Public Charter School Board itself pays little heed to the proximity of where a new charter is sited.  Often doing so directly across from a traditional public school and/or over the objections of residents in neighborhoods.

I raise this issue with you  because as my elected representatives, it is my expectation that you take a moment to understand that it is a conflict for charter proponents to have their hands in the DCPS Chancellor selection pot.  One has to wonder if Please consider the words of one of my very close friends, “Charter advocates have a stake in having a DCPS chancellor who will not compete with charters, but acquiesce in opening and siting charter schools to draw students from DCPS schools and in closing DCPS schools so the charters can have the buildings. ”

I look forward to your response.

Iris J. Toyer

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  1. Thanks very much for reprinting Ms. Toyer’s email to the Council. I couldn’t agree more with her complaint that the mayor has set up a “panel” to aid in her selection of a new chancellor for DCPS, in accordance with the law, that at the same time flaunts it by far out numbering the DCPS parents, students and teachers, who the law requires to compose the panel, with so many other people who are NOT DCPS parents, students and teachers.
    The fact that those other people are charter school supporters in one way or another is peculiarly twisted in light of the fact that charter school supporters are so insistent on their exemption from the very laws that DCPS operates by. Since they themselves are free from those same laws, who are they to have a voice in selecting the chancellor of DCPS who will be responsible for abiding by them?

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