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In the world of education advocacy, parent and community voices which have sought to make our democratically governed school districts more responsive have been out spent and storied by a false narrative that "choice" will deliver quality and equity. 21st Century School Fund needs help working with its local community partners making the case for an equitable system of neighborhood schools, which has "choice" as a small subset, not the end goal.
We have a complex position--supporting, yet often tough-love critics of the DC public school system. The danger is that as critics of DCPS the public school system is undermined, when the objective is to improve and support it, not set up the case for more privately operated charter schools.
Build public will and governmental capacity for modern and equitable PK-12 public school facilities that support high quality education and community revitalization.
* Listen to stakeholders
* Collect and analyze data
* Research PK12 public school facilities & their impacts
* Develop model policies
* Test new practices
* Invent technology tools
* Provide technical assistance
* Share data, analysis & insights
* Advocate for reforms
* Share funding