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Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2306

Scope and Contents

This collection contains published and unpublished materials such as reports, correspondence, studies, clippings, testimony, financial information, and notebooks, which document the work of Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools from 1980 to 2008. Major topics covered include school conditions, school budgets, school closings, and teacher evaluations and pay. These records were created as part of the organization's work advocating for improvements in the Washington, D.C. public schools.

Dates

  • 1980-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools was an advocacy group formed in 1980 to improve the quality of D.C. public schools. It began as a project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee, a pro bono legal services organization focusing on the needs of the poor, including employment, housing, and quality public education. As the District of Columbia faced a school budget crisis in 1980, the Washington Lawyers' Committee assembled a diverse set of parents from both poor and affluent neighborhoods in the city to form Parents United. Member schools at one point represented all eight wards and a majority of D.C.'s regular public schools.

By testifying before the D.C. City Council and Congress, holding meetings, sponsoring fundraising events, and issuing high-profile reports, the group rallied enough public support to increase the budget for city schools in the early 1980s. They also pressed for increases in teacher salaries, implementation of teacher evaluations, universal pre-kindergarten classes, and improvements in school conditions. The organization continued to testify before the D.C. City Council through 2009.

Extent

11.5 Linear Feet (23 document boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains published and unpublished materials such as reports, correspondence, studies, clippings, testimony, financial information, and notebooks, which document the work of Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools from 1980 to 2008. Major topics covered include school conditions, school budgets, school closings, and teacher evaluations and pay. These records were created as part of the organization's work advocating for improvements in the Washington, D.C. public schools.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: Projects, reports, and testimony; Clippings; Fundraising and events; Subject files; and Administrative files.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2012 (2012.052).
Title
Guide to the Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools records, 1980-2008
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America