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.


The DC Public Charter School Board will be meeting tonight, starting at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place at 3333 Fourteenth Street, NW in the second floor conference room. The meeting is open to the public, come let your voice be heard– DC School Reform Now will be in attendance. Visit the DC Public Charter School Board website at http://www.dcpubliccharter.com/.

Tonight's meeting agenda is as follows:


Last Tuesday, the DC City Council unanimously confimed Kaya Henderson’s appointment to be Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Since last fall, Chancellor Henderson has been serving as Interim Chancellor after the departure of Michelle Rhee.


DC School Reform Now is proud to announce that Lacey Pittman will join our team as the Director of Communications, effective June 15th, 2011.

Lacey will be in charge of developing and executing the communications strategy for DCSRN. She will work with the Executive Director to develop marketing, communications and media outreach plans that reflect the impact DCSRN seeks to have in the District of Columbia. She will also manage the website, social media tools and all internal and external communications.            


In a Huffington Post column, Richard Whitmire argues that stakeholders in public education should stop vilifying teachers' unions:

"Does achieving aggressive school reform require vilifying the teachers unions?


DC School Reform Now seeks outstanding applicants for the position of development manager. The development manager’s job is to develop a diverse and sustainable funding base of local and national supporters. Since DCSRN is a start-up and this is a new position, the development manager will be instrumental in building the development systems needed to raise $750,000 annually.   The development manager will report directly to the executive director.   DC School Reform Now is considering both full-time and part-time applicants.


Elementary Students Encouraged to Set College Goals

Ed Week's Caralee J. Adams examines the newly redesigned elementary school, No Excuses University, where educators work tirelessly to instill in students how valuable–and how feasible–it is to attain a college education: "To get children thinking about college early, Los Penasquitos Elementary School in San Diego changed its name to No Excuses University at Los Pen.


A new tool is available on the DCPS website that allows prospective and current parents to track school performance, demographics, and extracurricular offerings. Users can also compare schools and learn how many out-of-boundary students each school accepts. Explore the new tool here.


Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee: We Fought for D.C. Schools. Now It’s Up to You.

In a Washington Post Op-Ed the outgoing Mayor and Chancellor discuss what they have accomplished, how they steeled themselves to make tough decisions in spite of criticism, and why their successors will be able to continue reforms while securing more community buy-in:


Interim Chancellor Will Be a Strong Voice for Reform

DC School Reform Now thanks outgoing Chancellor Michelle Rhee for her tremendously hard work over the past three and a half years. Her tenure at DCPS was not only the longest in recent memory. It was also the most progressive.


After a Hard Fought Campaign, We Are Confident Reform Will Continue

DC School Reform Now congratulates D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray on his convincing win in the Democratic primary this past Tuesday.

We look forward to the new opportunities a Gray administration offers for cultivating parent and community champions for school reform and supporting parents to help them expertly navigate the school system.

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