FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2016
DCSRN is awarded a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Washington, DC—DC School Reform Now (DCSRN) is the recent grant recipient of $750,000 over a three-year period from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will build the capacity of DCSRN’s leading initiative, the High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC). In partnership with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), the grant will also leverage best practices learned from the HQSC model to share with school districts nationally.
The HQSC helps families, primarily in underserved communities, navigate the DC public school choice application process. DCSRN levels the playing field so all families can access their quality school options. W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding will help DCSRN meet the growing demand that exists from families for HQSC services.
CRPE is an established research and evaluation center with a focus on developing and testing evidence-based solutions to improve public education. DCSRN will partner with CRPE to document the HQSC with the intention of creating tools and resources to help cities nationwide better support families as they navigate an increasingly complicated public education landscape. DCSRN will also leverage information from CRPE’s feedback to enhance methods and tools for engaging families in public school choice. Working with DCSRN, CRPE will also produce a series of resources so that school districts and organizations that serve families in other parts of the country can learn from DCSRN’s work to improve access to quality education options for all families.
"DCSRN is honored to have been awarded this generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. DC has a robust public school choice system, and DCSRN has been working hard to ensure all families can compete on an even playing field for quality public schools," said David Pickens, DCSRN Executive Director. “We are excited that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation wants to help us meet the growing demand from families for HQSC services.”
"At CRPE, our research has shown that it isn't enough to just create choices for families. Cities need to make sure all parents have the opportunity and information to make the right school choice for their child. While cities have come a long way toward improving the available information, we find that parents still desire more tailored support when it comes time to make this important decision,” said Betheny Gross, CRPE Research Director. “We are excited to see DCSRN providing that kind of support to parents. We look forward to learning more about how DCSRN is helping families navigate the public school choice process and to sharing any lessons that can help other cities across the country make school choice work for all."
“We are so pleased to support DCSRN in this important work to help all children succeed in school,” said Felicia DeHaney, director of Education and Learning at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Educating parents and families in school choice is a win-win. It supports the engagement of parents in their child’s education and provides greater access to quality schools so their kids can thrive in school and in their community.”
DCSRN and CRPE are thankful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their generosity and their commitment to ensuring equitable access to public school choice.
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 http://dcschoolreform.org/
CRPE is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell. For over 20 years, CRPE has been developing evidence-based ideas and system-wide solutions for K-12 public education. CRPE is a self-sustaining organization funded through philanthropy, federal grants and contracts. CRPE's research is peer reviewed and its publications are available at http://www.crpe.org/
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org