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October Collection of the Month: Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools papers

Thirty years ago, as D.C. faced a school budget crisis, a small group of parents united to form an organization to advocate for their children, and called it Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools. Under the auspices of the pro-bono Washington Lawyers’ Committee, the organization rallied members from all eight wards of the city and brought attention to their cause by hosting community meetings, testifying before the City Council, and issuing reports on school conditions. 

Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of Parents United’s papers (11.5 linear feet), featuring reports on its activities, clippings describing its advocacy work on school reform, and significant research files on topics like school budgets and facilities and teacher evaluations and pay.

Students of educational policy or D.C. history should check out this new collection by browsing the finding aid.

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