DFER-DC Announces 2016 Policy Priorities & Candidate Questionnaire
February 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Democrats for Education Reform DC Announces 2016 Policy Priorities & Candidate Questionnaire
Washington, DC – Today, the Democrats for Education Reform DC PAC announced its 2016 policy priorities and candidate questionnaire for the upcoming City Council and State Board of Education races.Over the course of 2016, the organization will advocate for four priorities:
- Grow the number of high-quality schools across the city
- Ensure equitable school funding and resources
- Advance citywide human capital and accountability reforms
- Protect and expand school autonomy and innovation
Catharine Bellinger, the DFER DC Executive Director, said in a statement:
“Since 2007, D.C. has gone from the lowest-performing urban school district in the country to one of the fastest improving. But even with all this progress, too many kids in the city are not receiving an education that meets their needs and prepares them for success. Students of color and economically disadvantaged students are still dramatically underperforming their white and more affluent peers on state assessments.
“Democrats for Education Reform seeks elected leaders with the political will to continue, and expand, the education reforms that are working in the District to achieve educational equity. We have evidence that the DCPS human capital reforms of the past eight years are working — let’s continue to give DCPS the power to recruit, retain, and reward effective teachers. Meanwhile, the DC charter sector is a model for other cities. We must continue to open high-quality charter schools while holding low-performing schools accountable.
“In the past eight years, the city has made dramatic progress. But our work isn’t over. We still have more work to do to ensure all kids in the city, particularly those with the greatest need, have access to an excellent education. We have more to do to improve how families navigate an increasingly complex landscape of choices. And we have more to do to guarantee all our kids, DCPS and charter, have the resources and facilities they need to learn. Our policy priorities reflect these needs, and we will champion candidates in the 2016 council races who share our vision.”
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