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When $63 Million Doesnít Buy Working Toilets
District of Columbia - April   6 ,  2018

The deficiencies of our public schools arenít a result of underfunding. When 450 students arrived a ...

Students and Teachers Walk Out of Anacostia School Over Water Problems
District of Columbia - April   4 ,  2018

Add this to the list of D.C.'s school woes: out-of-order toilets, cafeteria flooding, and no breakfa ...

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Shaw Middle Site is Best for Shaw Elementary Schools

As Mayor Bowser advances Banneker's right to take the Shaw MS site, a response to neighborhood objections has included the recommendation that Shaw MS should switch locations with Banneker and the promised Shaw Middle School should be located at Banneker. There are two significant problems with this suggestion. Continue reading.

DC Public Charter Board Proposed Changes to ANC Notification Policy

We urge the Public Charter School Board to provide 90 days expanded notice to ANCs of school opening, closing and siting decisions, hold this comment period open for another month and notify all ANCs of this proposed change. A 30-day ANC notice is insufficient. A 90-day notice is a minimum. ANCs (Advisory Neighborhood Commissions) are important civic entities, but voluntary. Continue reading.

Priorities for the District's Master Facilities Plan

The 21st Century School Fund has worked on DC education master plans since 1994 and with other cities on education and facility planning. We propose that the facility planners provide options for: Expanded early childhood; Increased equity of by-right access; Transparency on facilities. Continue reading.

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 .

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