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DC School Reform Now is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready.

Beyond the Cause: The Art and Science of Advocacy
by Independent Sector
September 17, 2012

DC Public Schools Initiative Will Boost Salaries for High-Performing Teachers in Low-Income Schools
by Huffington Post
September 6, 2012

Washington Post to Hold September 27 Public Forum on City Leadership
By Washington Post Staff
August 27, 2012

Take the Children’s Budget Report Improvement Survey
 August 23, 2012

OSSE Clarifies Citizenship Requirements for DC Afterschool Programs
August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) issued the following statement:


DCPS's new Educator Portal Plus is an online platform designed to support DCPS educators with the critical tools and resources they need to prepare their students for success and accelerate student achievement.

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The DC Office of the Inspector General recently released an audit of the management of truancy in DCPS. The report encourages, among other things:


DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson released the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on the 2010 DC CAS investigation. The report, requested by Henderson in March of 2011, found that there is no widespread cheating at DCPS, among other findings. The report did confirm cheating at Noyes Education Campus. Henderson’s statement is as follows:


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has declared August “Connected Educator Month” in an effort to further transform teaching into a profession that promotes collaboration, learning and connectedness. The idea behind the initiative is to create a supportive, connected network of education professionals.


The American Enterprise Institute recently released a new report, Parent Power: Grass-Roots Activism and K-12 Education Reform, which examines the role of parents in the demand for school reform. The report spotlights DCSRN as an advocacy organization instrumental to parent organization and mobilization, and quotes DCSRN’s Executive Director, David Pickens, who reflects upon the importance and struggle of retaining parent support.


My name is David Pickens and I am the Executive Director of DC School Reform Now. The mission of DC School Reform Now is to educate, organize and advocate to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready. I appreciate the opportunity to testify regarding District education priorities during the remainder of Period 19. I would hope that, at the very least, an outcome of this roundtable includes the development of a strategy to expand the number of high quality seats in the District.

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