News and Updates

DC’s New School Report Card 101: What You Need to Know

Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released DC’s new School Report Card for the 2017-2018 school year. For the first time in our city’s history, this School Report Card will include a wide range of information about how all of our public schools performed – both DCPS and public charter schools.Here is everything you need to know about the new DC School Report Card:

Ward 8 POST Update: Monday’s PCSB Vote will Send a Message to All DC Parents

Do our education leaders trust that families know what’s best for our kids?

On Monday, November 19, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is scheduled to vote on the application of the LEARN Charter School Network – the school operator chosen by the parent leaders of the Ward 8 POST. This vote will send a clear message to families about whether or not our education leaders trust parents to be partners in creating high-quality school options that work for ALL families.

PAVE-ing the Way: Alberto Otero, Ward 1 PLE Board Member

Ward 1 PLE Board Member Alberto Otero seeks to model the leadership he wants to see in schools. While working in the criminal justice system, Alberto witnessed the school-to-prison pipeline firsthand and realized that limited access to a high-quality education perpetuated this vicious cycle. He is deeply concerned with the leadership that steers our education system and wants to see more inclusive leadership moving forward.

As a PLE Board member, I hope to listen more to the concerns of other PAVE parents and our fellow parents and community members. I want to show that men, and especially Black and Latino men, are essential to moving these issues forward. I want my children and the children of the District of Colombia to dream bigger and to do more than we ever imagined.”

PAVE Post Update: Rock the Vote on November 6th!

Rock the Vote on November 6th! Read our latest PAVE Post Update for everything you need to know about registering to vote, where to vote, and what races YOU will be deciding on November 6th!



PAVE-ing the Way: Machee Kelly, Ward 6 PLE Board Member

“I want to use my experiences to best support my child and work with parents who share like interests.”

Ward 6 PLE Board Member Machee Kelly is PAVE-ing the Way! Machee shares how growing up, working, and raising a daughter in DC schools has made her a stronger advocate for ALL children.


PAVE Post: Families Celebrate First Selective Early College High School East of the River!

Parent leaders and the team at PAVE are extremely excited that our city has taken a monumental step forward in creating a more equitable system for all of our children by officially announcing that Bard High School Early College will open a DCPS campus, with plans to open the school East of the River. 



“As an educator, I witness the way decisions are made regarding curriculum and instruction, while as a parent I see the impact of these decisions on my child.”
As both an educator and parent leader, Ward 1 PLE Board Member Jacob Fishbein knows parents are ready to be partners in shaping our education system!

PAVE Post Update: 118 Parent Leaders Kick Off the 2018-2019 PLE Boards

On Saturday, we welcomed the 118 parent leaders who will make up the 2018-2019 PLE Boards! Representing the unique needs, values, and diversity of DC families, our PLE Boards will now work together to ensure ALL children have the supports they need!


2018-2019 PLE Boards Kick Off Year of Advocacy

On Saturday, September 29th, 119 PAVE parent leaders from across DC will come together at KIPP DC College Preparatory for the first time as the 2018-2019 Parent Leaders in Education (PLE) Boards! New and returning Board members will build on the momentum of their first year of successful advocacy with new education priorities for DC schools.


PAVE-ing the Way: Rose Shelton, Ward 6 PLE Board Member

“As children, we discover who we are, who we are not, and what we value through our experiences and interactions with our world. When those experiences are traumatic, it can negatively impact almost every aspect of our lives – especially our ability to learn.”
Ward 6 PLE Board Member Rose Shelton calls on our leaders to “remove the bias from mental health” and ensure ALL children have the supports they need in school to be their best selves

PAVE Post Update: Our 2018-2019 Issues Amplified

Stay informed with us! Here’s your guide to our 2018-19 top issue areas, which over 150 parent leaders voted for at the #PAVESummit in May!



PAVE Post – September 2018 Edition

It’s the September PAVE Post! Inside, check out new updates from the 2018 PARCC, DC schools that are making huge gains, and a deep-dive into the Learning Heroes resources you should know!



PAVE Post: Back to School 2018

It’s the Back to School PAVE Post! We’ve got you covered on everything you should know to get ready for a successful school year! Also inside, check out our favorite moments from PAVE Night at Nats Park!



PAVE Post Update: PARCC 2018

Want to know more about our 2018 PARCC results? Read our PAVE Post Update with everything you need to know about PARCC, DC’s performance, and where we still need to go to ensure ALL students are making gains!



Now Accepting Applications to the 2018-2019 PLE Boards

Are you ready to AMPLIFY your voice? Do you want to ELEVATE your leadership to move our schools forward? APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN to join a PLE Board for the 2018-2019 school year! It only takes a few minutes to apply! Apply by July 20th at



PAVE Post – July 2018 Edition

It’s a Special Edition July PAVE Post! Take a look back on your incredible accomplishments this year as our founding PLE Board members! Also inside, read Ward 5 PLE Board Member, Yvette Selby, share what this year meant to her!


We Stand Together to Keep Families Together – A Letter from Maya Martin

Let’s raise our voices, as one, to keep families together. Parents and children need our help – and whenever one of us needs help, we must all stand together.

If the work PAVE’s parent leaders have done these past two years on behalf of children and families in this city is any indication, we have extraordinary collective power to make change. We can all do something.

PAVE Post – June 2018 Edition

It’s the June PAVE Post! Check out all the sights and sounds from our 2nd Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit!

Also inside, new PAVE parent leader Jael Anker-Lagos shares her experience connecting with fellow parent leaders at her first PAVE Summit!


PAVE Post Update: Parent-led Advocacy Earns Historic Increase in OST Funding

Your voice, leadership, and advocacy over the last year has led to $20.25 million in OST funding! That’s an increase of nearly $10.56 million!

These new dollars will help end the chronic underfunding of OST programs and ensure that students and families facing the greatest barriers will have more access to safe, enriching learning programs before school, after school, and in the summer!

PAVE Post Update – Second-Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit Recap

Couldn’t be with us at the 2nd Annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit last weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out the issues we’ll be AMPLIFYING this year based on what more than 100 parents voted for at the Summit!



PAVE Post Update – NAEP 101

What you’ve been waiting for – PAVE’s NAEP 101 guide to everything you need to know about America’s education report card, what the scores say, how DC performed, and what this means for the future of education in our city!


PAVE Post – May 2018 Edition

It’s the May PAVE Post! Check out highlights from our second All-Day PAVE Professional Learning Community (PLC) this spring!

Also inside, Ward 8 PAVE PLE Board Member Barbarann Mack writes about her experience at the first PAVE Parent Policy Summit and what she is excited for this year!


PAVE’s First Two Years – A Letter from Maya Martin

Two years ago this month, eight parent leaders joined Maya Martin and started an organization (PAVE) to reimagine our education system by amplifying parent voice – and the rest is history!

Read our letter from our Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin, who is taking a moment this month to reflect on the incredible accomplishments of our parent leaders!

 PAVE Post – April 2018 Edition

It’s the April PAVE Post! Read how you can support the more than 800 parents and education advocates who have already told their councilmember #WeNeed25 for OST programs!

Also inside, Ward 1 PAVE PLE Board Member Christine Miller shares why parents make the best advocates for our schools!


PAVE Post Update – DC Parents Score Early Victory for Kids!

Parent leaders score a huge early victory for kids! Read our PAVE Post Update to learn more about Mayor Bowser’s historic investment in OST programs and what our parent leaders are doing now to ensure we reach $25 million this year! #WeNeed25#WhenParentsLeadKidsWin


PAVE Post – March 2018 Edition

It’s the March PAVE Post! See how YOU can make a difference for students across DC in just five minutes by sharing your #WeNeed25 story. Also inside, read Meaghan’s story of finding the answers to our education system’s most vexing questions by talking to fellow parents on the walks to and from school.


PAVE Post Update –  Tell Your Councilmember that #WeNeed25

If you believe that EVERY student should have access to high-quality and affordable before, after, and summer school programming, join the hundreds of DC students, families, and OST providers who are saying #WeNeed25 for OST Programs.



PAVE Post – February 2018 Edition

It’s the February PAVE Post! See highlights from the first-ever DC Parent Voice and Choice Week, which brought more than 60 members of PAVE’s PLE Boards to the Wilson Building to meet with ward-based councilmembers and citywide officials. Also inside, read how Ward 8 PLE Board Member Anise Walker is reimagining the way our education system listens to parent voice!

PAVE Post Update: DC Parent Voice and Choice Week

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January 21 – 27, 75 Washington, DC parents of DCPS and DC public charter school students will lead a series of breakfast and luncheon meetings with six ward councilmembers and four citywide officials to highlight DC Parent Voice and Choice Week. PAVE is launching DC Parent Voice and Choice Week to provide an opportunity for parents in DC to advocate for a stronger partnership between policymakers and families.

PAVE Post – January 2018 Edition

January PAVE Post

It’s the January PAVE Post! Read why #WeNeed25 million to fund Out of School Time (OST) Programs in DC and learn more about how you can join the movement! Also inside, read how Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School and Ward 3 parent, Young Kim, found his balance between career and fatherhood.

Happy Holidays from PAVE

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Happy holidays from the PAVE team!As we say goodbye to 2017, we are reflecting on the incredible progress we have made this year to change our education system through the power of parent voice! See how parent leaders made all the difference in 2017 – read our end-of-the-year message to our PAVE families and friends.


PAVE Post – December 2017 Edition

It’s the December PAVE Post! Check out highlights from the first Cross-Sector All-Day #PAVEPLC and our first “Building Stronger Boards” training session! Also inside, read Ward 4 PLE Board Member Cathaleen Skinner’s story of how her family fought for her daughters’ rights and how this has transformed her vision for education in DC.

See the full agenda for the event here, and see photos from the event here!

PAVE Post – November 2017 Edition

It’s the November PAVE Post! Check out what PAVE parent Tearsa Coates had to say about her experience at the Connecting Communities of Courage Summit with fellow PAVE parent Reggie Workman and PAVE’s Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin. Also inside, read how Ward 8 PLE Board Member DaSean Jones uses his experience growing up in DC’s public education system to be a stronger advocate for his children.


PAVE Post Update: “Building Strong Boards: Elevating Parent Voices”

This fall and spring, Charter Board Partners and PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) are partnering to host a series of trainings called “Building Strong Boards: Elevating Parent Voices” – an opportunity to provide school leaders, Board Chairs, and parent board members with information, support, resources, and training to amplify the role of parents on charter school boards.


PAVE Post – October 2017 Edition

It’s the October PAVE Post! Check out the highlights from the PAVE PLE Board Kickoff, which brought members from the Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 PLE Boards together for the first time at City Arts & Prep! Also inside, read Ward 1 PAVE PLE Board Member Miriam Perlacio’s story of how she was motivated to become a parent leader after learning about the obstacles non-native English speaking families face when trying to access educational opportunities in our city.


PAVE Post Update: PAVE Parent Leaders in Education Boards are Announced

Eighty-two Washington, DC parents have been selected from across the city to shape and lead the PAVE PLE Boards that represent families in Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. As founding members, parents, grandparents, and guardians from across DC will have full ownership over the priorities, organization, and implementation of these ward-based education boards.


PAVE Post – September 2017 Edition

It’s the September PAVE Post! Check out the highlights from OSSE’s fourth annual “Parent and Family Engagement Summit,” including reflections from PAVE’s Founder and Executive Director, Maya Martin, in the panel “The Key to Your Child’s Success – Your Involvement!” Also inside, read the story of how Ward 7 PAVE PLE Board Member Yolanda Corbett became an advocate for ALL children in the District by starting as an advocate for her son.

PAVE Post – August 2017 Edition

It’s the August PAVE Post! Check out highlights from the PAVE and Education Reform Now DC Ward 8 Back to School BBQ, an update on the Parent Leaders in Education Board interview process, and a special request from the PAVE team to help us reach our Launching Parent Leaders goal! Also inside, read Ward 7 resident and KIPP DC parent Veda Rasheed’s incredible story of how she found her voice as a community organizer and parent leader!

Support our Parent Leaders in the District!

PAVE’s work is carried out by a small staff and the incomparable parent leaders who are the greatest champions for this work – and the reason why PAVE exists. When it comes to amplifying parent voice, a small donation can make big changesWould you be willing to make a special summer donation of $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and address a huge gap: the lack of parent voice in education policymaking?

PAVE Post Update: PARCC 101 and What You Need to Know

On Thursday, August 17, the city released the results of the 2016-17SY Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at Watkins Elementary School in SE, a school that saw increases in both ELA and Math. So, what is the PARCC, how did our schools do, and what do the scores mean?


PAVE Post Breaking News – Mayor Announces New DCPS Teacher Contract & 5.9% Increase To UPSFF For ALL Schools

BREAKING NEWS: On Monday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city has come to an agreement with the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) over a new contract. This new funding will result in a 5.9% increase in FY18 (this school year) on the UPSFF that funds ALL of our public schools – charter and DCPS! #allinforkids


PAVE Post – July 2017 Edition

Interested in becoming a parent leader in your ward and a policy mover in the District? Check out this edition of the PAVE Post for more information about Parent Leaders in Education Boards! In addition, you can find more information about PAVE’s summer activities across the District.

PAVE Post – June 2017 Edition

It’s here! Check out all the highlights and incredible photos from the first annual PAVE Parent Policy Summit in this edition of the PAVE Post. Also inside, PAVE Board Member Joy Russell reflects on her journey from working in public policy to advocating on behalf on her child.

PAVE Post – Budget Update #3: Committee on Education Proposes Increase to UPSFF

Breaking News! Thanks to the advocacy of many of our city’s advocacy organizations, education leaders, and community members, including PAVE parent leaders like you, today, the Committee on Education proposed moving funds around in the budget to increase the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) to 2.38%. If finalized by the DC Council, this increase would lock in a higher base funding level, providing schools with the funds they need not just this year, but in future years.

PAVE Post – Budget Update #2: Act Now to Fund Our Schools

“When the Mayor released her 2018 budget last month, it fell short of meeting the immediate needs of our schools.” Read our latest update on the status of the Mayor’s proposed budget, and make sure to act! Use the quick and helpful tool inside to send a message directly to your Ward’s Councilmember that you support a 3.5% increase in the UPSFF.

PAVE Post – April 2017 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE Post, we announce our first annual event, the “PAVE Parent Policy Summit,” which will convene parents with school leaders, elected officials, and education advocacy supporters to have an informed conversation about the very issues our PAVE parents have identified. Also inside, PAVE Board Member LaJoy Johnson-Law shares why she was motivated to join PAVE!

PAVE Post – Impact of the Proposed Budget on School Funding

“With the Mayor’s proposed budget, equitable school funding is headed in the right direction for DC’s students, but the funding still does not adequately meet the needs of all of our children and all of their schools.” Read our full letter to parents and supporters about the impact the Mayor’s proposed budget will have on school funding!

PAVE Post – DC’s Budget Process and School Funding

Learn more about DC’s budget process and how all of DC’s public schools – traditional and charter – receive funding by reading our latest PAVE Post Update! Also inside, helpful tips about how YOU can amplify your voice!

PAVE Post – Update on the Approved ESSA Plan

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You can learn about how the ESSA Plan will increase accountability across DCPS and public charter schools in the District by reading our PAVE Post Update! Also inside, helpful tips about how YOU can get involved and amplify your voice!

PAVE Post – March 2017 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE POST, we celebrate the incredible work of the Ward 8 POST to release a first-of-its-kind Request for Proposals (RFP) – created, designed, and written by parents! Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, Suzie Parsons, reflects on the importance of parent collaboration.

PAVE Post – February 2017 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from our National School Choice Week (NSCW) breakfast and luncheon series at the John A. Wilson Building. Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Ward 5 parent Cecily Miles Slater reflects on her journey back to DC from Los Angeles to find stronger schools for her children.

National School Choice Week (NSCW) Press Release

National School Choice Week (NSCW) is an annual, week-long event that spotlights the quality options available to meet the needs of every child – public traditional, public charter, magnet, private, parochial. In this edition of the PAVE Post, learn more about our National School Choice Week (NSCW) event series for January 2017.


PAVE Post – January 2017 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from My School DC EdFest 2016 and learn more about our event series to celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW). Also inside, PAVE Board Vice Chair and Ward 1 parent Deanna Troust shares her positive experience with school choice in DC.


PAVE Post – December 2016 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from Twenty Years of Charter Schools, an event cohosted by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB). Also inside, PAVE Board Member, Ward 7 parent, and winner of the 2016 Parent Leadership Award, Erika Harrell, shares her path to PAVE.


Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In this letter, learn more about supporting PAVE’s work to show the power and importance of parent voice in DC’s education policy.


PAVE Post – November 2016 Edition

In this edition of the PAVE Post, see highlights from our house meeting with Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and State Board of Education Member Laura Wilson Phelan, and learn more about our event celebrating Twenty Years of Charter Schools, an event co-hosted by the DC Public Charter School Board. Also inside, PAVE Board Member and Ward 8 parent Lulu Talley reflects on the importance of school choice and empowered parents.

PAVE Post – October 2016 Edition

In the first edition of the PAVE Post, we introduce PAVE’s Founding Board and recap highlights from house meetings with Councilmember At-Large Robert White; Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd; Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray; and Councilmember At-Large and Committee on Education Chairperson David Grosso. Also inside, Founder and Executive Director of PAVE Maya Martin shares the organization’s vision for DC’s education system, and PAVE Board Chair and Ward 8 parent Desiree Hoffman talks about being a parent leader with PAVE.