In March 2015 the Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities C4DC was launched.  Our members have been working together to support and improve our DCPS schools over many years—some for decades. C4DC works to find consensus and advocate for positions aligned to our values and principles. We meet and communicate regularly to educate each other about priorities and concerns affecting schools and communities across the city. C4DC members work together to educate the broader community with candidate forums, policy papers, research, and data tools. Being a member of the Coalition does not necessarily mean the member shares every specific view expressed by the Coalition.

Children in all corners of our great city deserve to have great public schools in their neighborhoods – from Pre-K through high school – that fully meet the needs of our students and our communities.

The basis of our work is Six Principals for Public Education in Washington, DC, a set of beliefs that members of the coalition developed to guide the next steps in ensuring the best possible public education system in DC. 

C4DC Members

Citywide Organizations

21st Century School Fund- builds public will and capacity for educationally appropriate school facilities that meet community needs. Contact:,

 DC Fiscal Policy Institute: DCFPI promotes budget choices to reduce economic and racial inequality and build widespread prosperity in DC, through research and policy solutions. Contact:

 EmpowerEd - Elevating teacher voice and building trust in DC schools, Scott Goldstein

 Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE) Connects DCPS high schools and advocates for strong, equitable DCPS secondary schools, Contact:  Cathy Reilly, Website:

Teaching for Change:, Contact:, Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom

Washington Teachers Union: Contact: Pres. Liz Davis or Exec Director: Dr. Terence Ngwa (

 Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Contact:   (Education Justice Project Director) (Parent Empowerment Coordinator)   (School Partnership Coordinator)      

Media Partners

Education Town Hall-WEACT Radio Contact: Thomas Byrd- thomas.byrd@;

Educationdc- Contact:, A blog by, for, and about everyone interested in public education in DC.

Ward Education groups

Ward 1 Education Collaborative: Contact:  Becky Reina,, Alexandra Simbana:

Ward 2 Education Network,

Ward 3 – Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet), Contact:, Twitter: @W3EdNet, Website:

Ward 4 Education Council,, Website: , Twitter: @ward4ed

Ward 5 Education Council, Contact: Theodora Brown,

The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (W6PSPO) serves as the Ward 6 Education Council.  W6PSPO meets the third Tuesday of every month.   You can subscribe to the W6PSPO and receive notifications of new posts by e-mail, and visit us on Twitter.

Ward 7 Education Council,, Contact:,

Ward 8 Education Council,