Washington: Hearings There, Meetings Here

image from pcj.typepad.comThe Republican-controlled House education committee is holding a hearing at 11 am today on charter schools that will feature Beth Purvis as a key witness.  See below for details and link to the live webstream.  Let us know what you think if you end up watching it. Next week, Washington will come to Chicago in the form of a public meeting on Race To The Top's $350M assessment initiative.  This one takes place on June 10 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Oak Brook from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT and "will bring together an invitational panel of experts along with representatives from PARCC and SBAC to discuss the use of automated scoring in the new assessment systems being developed by grantees." Register here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Wednesday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled "Education Reforms: Exploring the Vital Role of Charter Schools." The hearingwill take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Charter schools are independent public schools that embody two key principles American families want from the nation's education system: choice and flexibility. These innovative institutions emphasize parental involvement, encourage innovative instruction, and demand high academic standards. Charter schools continuously monitor parental approval and student progress, and they are held accountable for results. 

Wednesday's hearing will examine the exceptional ability of charter schools to meet the education needs of special populations and individual communities. Members will also explore ways to improvecharter school quality and expand access, empowering more families with choices about their children's education. 

To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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WITNESS LIST

Ms. DeAnna Rowe
Executive Director
Arizona State Board for Charter Schools
Phoenix, AZ

Ms. Debbie Beyer
Executive Director
Literacy First Charter Schools
El Cajon, CA

Dr. Beth Purvis
Executive Director
Chicago International Charter School
Chicago, IL

Additional witnesses to be announced.

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