News and Updates

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

DC Parent Voice and Choice Week

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 cohosted 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.