Members: Join Washington Grantmakers’ school audit team!

We’re helping DC VOICE with its “Ready Schools” community audit of D.C.’s elementary, middle and high schools. 500 residents from all eight wards of the city will conduct the audits in September. Washington Grantmakers will field three teams of five members each as part of the learning agenda of the Public Education Working Group in collaboration with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region on their advocacy and organizing work.  

Interested? Please contact Evita Smedley, Public Education Working Group Coordinator at or (202) 253-4205. We will accept participants on a first-come first-served basis. A 45-minute audit training session will take place August 20, 2007 from 10:30 – 11:30 at the Washington Grantmakers Office located at 1400 16th Street NW, Suite # 740. (Non-WG members should contact DC VOICE directly.)

The audit would start a week after school opens Sept. 1 and last for a month. Each team audits one school, so the time commitment is about one hour for the training and two hours for the audit.
This is a unique opportunity both to learn about D.C. Schools and to be a part of the reform process. Mayor Fenty has said, “We welcome the challenge and look forward to providing DC Voice with any information needed for the Ready Schools Project.” 
Audit teams will interview principals and tour schools to assess whether teaching and learning supports are in place, including physical conditions, teacher preparedness, and the availability of learning materials.