Are you tired of hearing how bad D.C. Public Schools are? Do you want to read some good news about the 45,000-student system? Well, then, does D.C. Voice have a petition for you!
D.C. Voice, a nonprofit advocate group for public education run by former D.C. Board of Education member Jeff Smith, is asking residents to join the fight against "biased" reporting and the push for "a more equitable media portrayal" of the system.
According to an email from Smith, the group conducted a survey that showed 68 percent of respondents read mostly bad news about DCPS, 9 percent heard mostly good things and 19 percent thought coverage was essentially down the middle.
Of course, the fact that DCPS is one of the lowest-performing systems in the nation, that it's losing up to 5,000 students a year, and that public charter schools are growing at a fast clip probably means that a lot of the coverage is going to seem "negative" no matter what.
Here's the full text of the petition declaration:
We the citizens of the District of Columbia tire of the media's persistent, negative coverage of events pertaining to public schools in the District. I sign this petition as both a declaration of my aggravation by this biased media reportage and as a plea for a more equitable media portrayal of local public schools' affairs.