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Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools
1300 19th St., N.W. Suite 330, Washington. D.C. 20036 (202) 833-4766

Parents Group, District Settle Lawsuit Over School Repairs

Washington Post photo Mayor Barry looks on as schools chief Julius W. Becton Jr. gets unexpected hug from Delabian Rice-Thurston, executive director of Parents United.
by Dayna Smith -- The Washington Post





The Settlement Gives Our Schools

How, after all these years of testifying to the Mayor and Counsel could parents get funding committed to basic school improvements? Parents owe it all to the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, Alfred Mamlet, Barbara Kagan and Andrea Evans, counsel. Their steadfast commitment was our "ace in the hole!" We didn't have to "drop it!" Now our CEO and Board of Trustees have more of the resources our schools need than they would ever have had without our efforts.


Take Our Parents Back To School Week! Go To School With Your Child!
All week experience your child's school; see education in action! (Under DC Code Section 36-1601-1606 parents and guardians are entitled to 24 hours leave a year for school related events for a child.)

DCPS' Everybody Reads Literacy Campaign
November 19th Parents Go To Stop Drop and Read Day at your child's school.

School Board's Support Our D.C. Public Schools Rally
Saturday, November 15th Freedom Plaza 9 AM - Noon.

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November 7, 1997

Dear Friend of Parents United,

Now that we have settled the fire code suit, we ask each of you to help us oversee our children's safety and the continued repair and upgrading of our school facilities.

We must all work together to ensure that the settlement indeed results in safer, better school buildings.

And now it's time to get on with the business of improving the education our children receive. Last night some of you joined us to meet with Dr. Arlene Ackerman, the new Chief Academic Officer and begin a dialogue about the ways in which we can bring quality education into more D.C. public schools.

We have very much appreciated your calls, your suggestions, and your information during the last few months. Now we need your financial support as well. We have been so busy working to resolve the facilities issues that we had little time to devote to fund-raising. Our budget is in bad shape!

If you and your school have sent in a contribution to Parents United since school started, we thank you very much. If you haven't, please do so now. We need your help to get us through the rest of this year.

We need something from everyone - whatever you can give! Thank you very much.


Elder Wellborn, Treasurer

Just send it in today to:
PARENTS UNITED, 1300 19th St., NW Suite 330, Washington, DC 20036

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