Task force meetings on D.C. charter and regular schools will be public

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles plans to open up meetings to the public for a task force that is being created to improve planning between the District’s traditional and charter schools, reversing an earlier decision to hold the meetings behind closed doors.

The task force, which will grapple with such contentious issues as how the city’s public schools can collaborate won the location and type of new schools that will open, was announced in August.

According to the plan, task force meetings would occur monthly over the next two years and be closed to the public. Meeting minutes and materials would be published, and community meetings, focus groups and surveys would be scheduled to allow for public participation. Continue…