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When a D.C. school closed for renovations, parents faced a troubling choice
District of Columbia - July   4 ,  2017

On paper, the decision made perfect sense. Kimball Elementary, which opened during World War II, nee ...

Orr Elem. Set to Receive New Building
District of Columbia - June   2 ,  2017

On May 25, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) was joined by D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, D.C. Co ...

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D.C. Student Assignment Reforms

Revised school attendance boundaries, feeder pathways, and new student assignment policies for DC were developed after ten months of extensive research and public engagement - - see Final Recommendations on Student Assignment Policies and DCPS School Boundaries The 21st Century School Fund provided support to the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education for the 42 recommendations which were immediately adopted by the Mayor. DCPS implementation will bring new opportunities to families including for instance: increased rights to PK3 and PK4; lottery priorities for at risk students in DCPS & charters (with Council approval) that currently serve fewer than 25% at risk; at least 10% out of boundary in every elementary school, 15% for middle schools and 20% for high schools; and new DCPS middle schools for wards 1, 4, & 7.

D.C. Student Assignment - Background and History

As part of its work with D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Education on revising DC's student assignment policies, the 21st Century School Fund completed Policy Brief #1: D.C. Student Assignment and Choice. It offers an introduction to student assignment; a brief history of student assignment in D.C.; and an overview of D.C.'s current student assignment and school-choice policies and practices.

D.C. Student Assignment - Basic Data and Information

Working with the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education in revising D.C. student assignment policies, the 21st Century School Fund completed Policy Brief #3: The Landscape for Student Assignment and School Choice in D.C. which provides basic data and information on local demographics, school characteristics, school-facilities infrastructure, and school attributes. Extensive supporting data includes, for instance Policy Brief #3 Appendix B- Boundary Participation Data Table.

Amicus on Charter Lawsuit

Fourteen public-education reform advocates and two long-standing public-education reform organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the Washington, D.C. Attorney General's motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, Washington Latin PCS, and Eagle Academy PCS. The advocates came together out of concern that, if successful, the charter-school lawsuit would even further erode civic influence and local control of public education for District residents. See 21CSF's Datashop for more details.

Take a Photo Tour of the New Ballou High School

The new Ballou High School replaces a barebones 1960's era building with glittering glass classrooms arranged around a grand courtyard with expansive views. Students move to the new building in January 2015 while construction continues on new athletic fields installed on the site of the old building. Architects: Bowie Gridley / Perkins +Will, joint venture; Contractors: Charamonte /Hess, joint venture. Click here for a ribbon-cutting photo tour .

New Dunbar High School Facilities

Completed in August of 2013, the new Dunbar High School is a light-filled 260,000 sq. ft. building with an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of underground parking. The total cost, which includes demolition of the old 325,000 sq. ft.1970's open-plan building and reconstruction of the football field, was $128,190,650; approximately $493 per gross sq. ft. (without parking). The construction company for this project was Smoot /Gilbane and the architect was Perkins Eastman. The historic Paul L. Dunbar High School was built in1916 but was demolished and replaced in1977. Click here see photos of the new school and a D.C. Department of General Services video of a sequence of webcam photos showing the daily progress of construction.
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