School reform cannot be left to the government alone. There are many levers of change that fall beyond the reach of public officials, school administrators, or even teachers. Yet, reform in the Washington, D.C. Public School System (DCPS) has traditionally focused on the central school administration and the latest crisis. And while the administration is the most visible, it has not proven to be the main leverage point for strengthening the system, given the ever-changing political landscape and governing structure in the District of Columbia.
DC VOICE’s mission is to inform and mobilize the public to hold both the schools and the community accountable for providing high quality teaching and learning for all.
DC VOICE believes that school reform is a collaborative process. Engaging the public is a key component of our work and essential to improving the conditions for quality education, and must become the centerpiece of all reform efforts. For over ten years, DC VOICE has broadened the reform discussion beyond the central administration to include school staff, parents, students, elected officials, business, faith and nonprofit institutions and the general public.
Together, we focus not on structures or personalities, but instead on the conditions and supports for quality teaching and learning - the most critical ingredients in education. And indeed, over the last 11 years, we have made progress-real, tangible, and important progress.
And yet, when we envision where we want our schools to ultimately be in terms of performance, we realize there is still much work to be done.
DC VOICE will continue to champion the community's need for reliable information about public education. Through community action research, we have the power to create and sustain change in our schools. Thank you for your continued interest and support in our work.