Community Budget Hearing on DC Public Schools – Education

From Empower DC:



WHEN: Saturday April 17, 2010

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building – 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Room #500

We will be providing a bus caravan to the Wilson Building for interested people: 2 stops, one at the Anacostia Metro Station in SE and one at La Casa (3166 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, NW) – buses will be waiting for passengers from 10am and will be promptly leaving for the Wilson Building at 10:30 am

If you would like to use Public Transportation you can do the following:

Closest Metro Stations are Metro Center (walk .30 miles SW toward Pennsylvania Avenue) or Federal Triangle (walk .24 miles NW towards Pennsylvania Avenue) – Accessible by bus also, the 54 bus line (get off at 13th and F) or the 52 bus line (get off at 14th and Pennsylvania Ave.)

TIME: The hearing will begin at 10:00 am and will begin with members interested in testifying around Child Care concerns in the proposed budget.  At 11:00 am a contingency of organizations will be gathering at Freedom Plaza directly across the street from the Wilson Building to enter the hearing room together to present our other Education concerns with the proposed budget.

If you would like to register to give testimony please do so directly to Aretha Latta at 202-724-8196 or

Most Council hearings are usually held during the weekdays at times that are inconvenient for parents and other community members who are usually at work or taking care of children.  Fortunately through some strong efforts on the behalf of Communities for Education Organizing (which Empower DC is a member of) we have been able to schedule this hearing on a Saturday at a time that will make it more convenient for community members to attend.  This is your chance to speak directly with the council about issues that are important to you regarding the proposed 2011 budget for DC Public Schools.

For too long now parents and community members have been left out of the decision making process that affect our children and our community.  Let’s show the council that we are an integral part of this city and decisions will not be made with us not at the table!

If you would like to better familiarize yourself with the proposed 2011 DCPS budget and to develop testimony around the issues that matter to you please join us this coming Wednesday the 14th at the Empower DC offices so we may prepare for Saturday’s hearing.  We will be going over the proposed budget and issues that parents and community members may want to be aware of as well as going over and developing good testimony to deliver on Saturday’s hearing!

When : Wednesday April 14, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Empower DC – 1419 V Street NW (U Street Metro is the closest – walk one block towards 14th street make a right and walk towards V street, make a left on V street look for 1419) The S buses and the 52 and 54 service our area and you can get off at 14th and U and walk towards V street to find our office.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Daniel del Pielago at 202-234-9119 xt. 104 or via email at


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