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Building a path forward for DC’s schools.

Education Forward DC launched in 2016 with input from community leaders, grantees, and partners to identify the best path forward to ensure that all students and families in Washington, DC have access to a high-quality, equitable public school.

Our ambitious goal is to double the number of underserved students in DC who are college and career ready over our first five years, with a focus on at-risk and special education students. At-risk and special education students currently make up 55% of the city’s total public school student population.

By focusing on investments and innovation around effectively serving the students who have not yet shared in the full benefits of remarkable education gains in the city over the past decade, we believe that we will elevate teaching, learning, and achievement for all students. Washington, DC will fulfill its potential to be a model of excellence in public education when our public schools innovate to effectively serve these students, in addition to every other student in DC public schools.

We invite you to learn more about our approach and strategy for improving DC schools. Help us move education forward for every student in our city.

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Education Forward DC is working to build a diverse team passionate about improving the educational opportunities for all students in DC.