Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mayor’s Education Reform Website Launched

Today, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), in collaboration with the Deputy Mayor for Education, launched the Mayor’s Education Reform Center website. The Education Reform Center is one resource Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration has produced as part of its commitment to leverage information technology to enhance the city’s public education system. The launch was timed to coincide with the Mayor’s official takeover of the DC Public School system.

The Reform Center provides a central source for information about education reform in the District. It is a meeting place for residents to share information and opinions, and allows communities to work together on issues affecting District schoolchildren.

“Mayor Fenty’s number one priority is public school reform, therefore this Center is designed to facilitate a crucial component to transform District schools—community participation,” explained Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra. “Parents, residents, teachers and other DC community members can now voice their opinion, contribute to their schools’ reform and participate in the democratic process.” The Reform Center features a Discussion Space, online forms and emails to enable parents, teachers, students and concerned District residents to express their unique opinions, concerns and ideas about public education. These ideas and concerns will be regularly posted to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of the site.The Reform Center is available on the homepage of DC.Gov.

“This is a terrific example of how collaboration in DC government is working to improve the city’s future,” said DC.Gov Website Manager Eleanor Evans. “The Office of the Chief Technology Officer looks forward to providing more technologies to assist in the reform of the DC school system.”