Thursday, March 20, 2008

DC START

From the Washington Continent:
A pilot program created to address issues families are facing outside of the classroom will be offered in select D.C. Public Schools, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced yesterday.

The DC Student Assessment and Resilience Team (DC START) program will offer wrap-around social services to students and families in order to improve learning inside the classroom, city officials said.

"One of the major benefits of bringing the school system under mayoral control is having the resources of the entire city government and the ability to collaborate to best serve our children," said Fenty, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso.

"We need to make sure that our kids have all the tools they need to do succeed."

DC START will begin its pilot program at Barnard, Ferebee Hope, Leckie, Malcolm X, Simon, Truesdell elementary schools and Hart Middle School. The annual cost per school is approximately $150,000, with a cost of $200,000 in the first year for start-up expenses. The program will be funded in this fiscal year through FY2008 funds and will be included in the FY 2009 budget.

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