EXPAND ACCESS to quality facilities
Every DC student deserves access to a high-quality public education that fits their needs and learning style, whether in DCPS or a public charter school. Our education policies and resources must prioritize equity and quality and make effective use of public facilities.
To promote equity and make effective use of public facilities, the District should focus on reusing former school sites and co-locating underutilized ones. This will address student needs while maximizing public resources, and offering quality schools in communities.
In the face of rising facilities and operating costs, it is more important than ever for the District to have a coherent and forward-looking plan for the maintenance, modernization, and construction of educational facilities. This plan should build on the 3.1 percent increase in the public charter school facilities allotment while focusing modernization efforts on creating functional learning and enrichment spaces to support the total capacity of schools.
By prioritizing equity and quality in education, all DC students, particularly those located furthest from opportunity, will have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The District must take action to ensure that every student has access to a great public education, now and in the future.