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Take a virtual school tour of DC Prep Benning Elementary Campus, a quality public charter school in Ward 7.

Watch a principal interview, passing period, kindergarten and third grade lesson, and so much more!

Read DCSRN's March 2015 Newsletter

"My parent advocate helped me tremendously. I would have been lost without her."

Read about how we helped HQSC parent Charles Hudson, Sr. submit 13 applications to quality schools by the common application deadline and much more in our latest newsletter and support our work!

DCSRN in Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington

"For parents like Small, an organization called DC School Reform Now can be a godsend."

Read more of Natalie Wexler's article in The Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington highlighting DCSRN's work.

DC Public Education Leadership

DCSRN has produced a graphic showcasing how DC public education leadership is structured.

The graphic demonstrates the hierarchy of various government leadership agencies and the key officials that oversee the DC public education system.

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What is No Child Left Behind?

The Basics:
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a national law that was established in 2002. Its goal was for all students in grades 3-11 to perform on grade level in reading and math by 2014.

What it means for schools:
NCLB created new rules for schools receiving Title I money from the government. Under NCLB, Title I schools must:

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What is AYP?

The Basics:
AYP stands for Adequate Yearly Progress. AYP is the system states use to measure each school’s progress toward the goal of all students performing on grade level by 2014.

What it means for schools:
When schools fail to meet AYP they go through 3 stages: School Improvement, Corrective Action, and Restructuring.

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What is Title I?

The Basics:
Title I is a national government program that gives money to schools with a high number of low-income students.

What it means for schools:
Schools must use these funds only to help students who are failing to meet state standards. If more than 40% of a school’s students are from low-income families then the school may use the funds for school-wide programs.

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What is a charter school?

The Basics:
Charter schools are public schools that do not have to follow all of the regulations that traditional public schools do. Charter schools must report to the state or local school board every 3-5 years and show that they have made academic gains with students in order to stay open.

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