The Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities
is committed to ensuring our families have access to
excellent educational opportunities in all corners of our city.
> Our families should not have to win a lottery or travel long distances to secure an excellent education for their children.
> All of our neighborhoods should enjoy the power of strong neighborhood schools to build communities committed to learning and our children.
> All of our children should be provided with the kind of education that can open doors to 21st century opportunities.
> Our city's resources should be used wisely to support our public education system.
The Coalition supports the Six Principles for Public Education in Washington, DC, a blueprint for building a public education system in our city.
Ward 1 Education Collaborative
Ward 2 Education Netowrk
Ward 3/Wilson Feeder Education Network
Ward 4 Education Alliance
Ward Five Council on Education
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO)
Ward 7 Education Council
Ward 8 Education Council
Senior High Alliance of Parents Principals and Educators (S.H.A.P.P.E.)
Education Town Hall
Teaching for Change
21st Century School Fund
DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Recent Blog Posts
Ward 7 Education Council Member Venola Rolle commenting on the opening and closing of charter schools: “I am not a fan of charter schools by any stretch of the imagination, but I do believe that, if we have to endure them in the District, they ought to be of the order of this one Monument Academy— created to serve students the traditional public schools are unable to serve effectively. “
The Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC) welcomes the additional funds of $7.4 million committed to the DC public schools. We believe the District of Columbia should be committed to ensuring that our communities are provided a high quality DCPS matter of right path in every neighborhood from pre-school through 12th grade.
A call for the city council to use the FY2020 budget to invest in the schools that need it most and address steep budget cuts for schools like Woodson, the only high school every one of our children in Ward 7 has the right to attend.
C4DC calls for an open and inclusive process for selecting a DCPS Chancellor and Deputy Mayor for Education. The coalition outlines a positive, forward-looking agenda for DC schools to make course corrections in the reforms instituted.
C4DC supports the principle of independent research and a representative advisory board and calls for Council to support this effort starting in the DC Auditor’s Office.
Every Student Succeeds Act C4DC Talking Points for Testimony before the State Board of Education. We are advocating for a model that incentivizes growth and improvement in offering our students a well -rounded education. That means multiple measures. School Environment or school quality indicators include multiple measures that may include attendance and re-enrollment but might also look at stability measures like high teacher turnover. We want to see schools rewarded for serving ELL and Special Education students with fair tools and measures
Letter on Chancellor Selection : the letter asks that these 5 areas be prioritized: Experience as a professional educator and administrator: Tenacity in advocating for current and future DCPS families: Commitment to healthy and productive relationships with principals, teachers, communities, parents and students: Management skills encompassing core school business functions: Demonstrated support for a well-rounded education for every student.
Last year, C4DC published a web tool to help understand DCPS school budgets. We have updated that tool for the FY17 school budgets.
Several Coalition members have worked together to draft proposals to enhance a bill as introduced by Councilmember Grosso and Councilmember Silverman that is currently in front of the Committee on Education: Public Charter School Fiscal Transparency Amendment of 2015, B21-0115.
In a letter sent today to Mayor Bowser, the Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities urged that the soon-to-be-launched Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force include strong public participation and be informed by and build on the Vision and work of the Student Assignment Committee.