FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2017
Madeline Karp, (202) 315-2423, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC – DCSRN recently completed the 2016-2017 High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC), assisting more families than ever in the organization’s history to complete applications and enrollment to quality public schools.
DCSRN recruited families representing over 1,100 students, primarily from underserved communities, for application support services. Of those that completed the entire process, over 78% applied to quality public schools and 82% of families that received matches through the lottery completed enrollment.
“All students should have access to a high quality education in DC, regardless of their zip code,” said David Pickens, DCSRN Executive Director. “The excellent results of this year’s campaign are due to the hard work of DCSRN parent advocates who are committed to leveling the playing field for the families we serve.”
DCSRN recruits and trains advocates to help families send their children to quality public schools. Advocates act as personal coaches, identifying parents’ desires for their child’s education and helping them complete applications to quality schools, a process that many D.C. families are unfamiliar with. Following a child’s match with a school, advocates also provide support to ensure enrollment.
“DCSRN is a great resource. I had schools in mind, but in speaking with my advocate, I learned so much more and it really made a difference in how I made my choices,” said Jana Lemons, a DCSRN parent.
About DCSRN: Founded in 2008, DCSRN is educating, organizing and advocating to build support for public education strategies that prepare kids to become college and career ready. DCSRN collaborates with parents, schools and the DC community at large to ensure the highest quality of public education for all students in DC. Learn more at www.dcschoolreform.org