Better Schools For All Students
DCPS Consolidation and Reorganization Plan
Proposals to consolidate schools evoke strong reactions. They can be disruptive and unsettling to students, parents, community members and school staff. They can also generate an inspiring amount of community creativity. And that has happened in the past two months.
We heard from representatives from schools in every ward. We heard about the hopes and disappointments of parents, students, families, community members and staff. You brought forward ideas for improving our schools and concerns about inadequate school programs and facilities. But most of all, you came forward with your desire to work together to make our school system as strong as possible, and for that, we thank you.
We took all the feedback that we heard very seriously. We captured thousands of remarks through our four public hearings. We heard from hundreds more through our website, office hours, and individual meetings. We met with ANC members, city council members, Local School Advisory Teams and PTAs. We reviewed dozens of proposals for modifying our plan and improving our schools. Throughout the many conversations we had, a few themes resonated across the city.
- All of our schools should offer students the same opportunities for robust programming.
- Our children must be safe in school and as they travel to and from school.
- We must use all of our resources effectively so that we can support the community now and in the future. This includes better coordination with public charter schools.
Our final plan responds to these themes. It also reminds us of opportunities and challenges before us as the city’s largest public school system. The plan summarizes our outreach and feedback efforts. It includes our final consolidation plan, the rationale for changes and our next steps moving forward.
This is not the end of our engagement, but the beginning of a new partnership. The energy and innovation brought to the school consolidation discussion now must be channeled to support improved learning opportunities for our children.
We are DCPS, and we can do this together.