When Teachers Lead, Our Students Succeed
EmpowerEd works to elevate the voices of diverse teacher leaders in Washington, D.C. We work with DCPS and DC Charter school teachers and organize collective work to make D.C. schools more equitable and inclusive places for all. Our teacher council, representing a diverse cross-section of the city's educators, are focused on promoting teacher leadership, transparency, equity, student and teacher diversity, and holistic and just schools. Through our teacher action groups, educators raise their voices calling for change and promote new teacher-driven policies ideas grounded in their own experience. Through our partnership with Coworker.org, we will expand the chorus of DC teachers working to advance a new vision for DC education. For too long, teacher voices have been left out of education debates driven by test scores and teacher "accountability"- but we can change that together and promote policies that respect, empower, and work to retain our great teachers. Join our work.
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"Charter schools should have the same transparency requirements as traditional public schools."Public schools should be public. Public and democratic institutions depend on the active engagement and oversight of informed participants. Transparency builds trust. Currently DC Public Charter Schools are exempt from the DC Open Meetings Act and from complying with FOIA requests. Given the large amount of public funds that the charter sector receives, it must be transparent to the public it serves. Without stakeholders such as teachers and parents being able to seek and receive information and attend board meetings, charter schools are free to keep unpopular and perhaps ill-informed decisions out of the public eye. Parents, teachers, and taxpayers are kept in the dark about important curricular, mission, or budgetary decisions made by the schools that ostensibly serve them. Boards become more secretive, insulated from negative feedback in response to their decisions, and less responsive to public concerns. Teacher voices are not heard. All public schools are public institutions, and should be equally transparent and accountable.563 of 600 SignaturesCreated by EmpowerEd Teacher Council