May 10 Rally Media Advisory


Wednesday: DC Alliance & ERN DC to Hold ‘Stop the Shortchange Rally’ at Wilson Building

Washington, D.C. – This Wednesday, May 10 at 8:30am during Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week, the DC Charter School Alliance and Education Reform Now D.C. will hold a rally on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building in support of public charter educators and schools and urging DC Council not to shortchange public charter school students, and their educators by $187 million. They will be joined by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, school leaders, educators, parents, advocates, and other elected officials.  


What: The D.C. Council’s first major vote on the budget is on May 16 and currently, public charter schools are set to receive $187 million less than DC Public Schools. Ahead of the May 16 vote, education advocates are calling for:

  • Ensuring FY2024 and future budgets require public school funding and educator compensation raises to be allocated through the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula so that all public schools and educators receive increases.
  • Allowing charters to provide pay increases to the same categories of staff covered by the WTU agreement (including teacher, instructional coach, counselor, social worker, psychologist, speech/language pathologist, and attendance officer).
  • Committing to making public charter school budgets whole overtime.
Who: Rally Organizers: DC Charter School Alliance & Education Reform Now D.C.
Speakers: D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, D.C. State Board Member Jacque Patterson, and other to be announced speakers. Advocates: Public school leaders, educators, and parents.
When: Wednesday, May 10th at 8:30am
Where:   John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW 
RSVP: Media is asked to RSVP with Cesar Toledo, 


DC Charter School Alliance
The DC Charter School Alliance is the District of Columbia’s premier advocacy organization dedicated to supporting and representing the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital. With the support of the DC Charter School Alliance, the charter school community can ensure that all students in DC receive the great public education they deserve and ensure the continued strength of the DC charter sector.

Education Reform Now D.C.
ERN DC is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization fighting for a just and equitable public education system for all students in Washington, D.C. We seek progress in DC Public Schools and public charter schools by developing and advocating for systemic change to eliminate racial inequity and discrimination in DC public schools.

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