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D.C.'s Public School Lottery: A Look Back, a Look Forward

FutureEd, PAVE, and the Georgetown University DC Public Policy Initiative hosted a policy forum on Nov. 18 about the common lottery system that Washington, D.C., students use to select public schools in the city, one of the nation’s most innovative school-choice models.

Lottery director Catherine Peretti discussed trends from the My School DC lottery’s first seven years. PAVE Executive Director Maya Martin Cadogan shared the results of a new PAVE poll gauging parental perspectives on the lottery system. And FutureEd Director Thomas Toch, who wrote about the lottery for the Washington Post Magazine earlier in the year, moderated a panel conversation on the lottery’s past performance and future prospects.

Watch the video of the event

View My School DC PowerPoint Presentation

View PAVE PowerPoint Presentation

Opening Remarks
Christopher Murphy, Vice President, Georgetown University
Paul Kihn, Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia
The Honorable David Grosso, Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Hansuel Kang, State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia

Presentations
Catherine Peretti, Executive Director, My School DC
Maya Martin Cadogan, Executive Director, PAVE

Panel Discussion
Brittany Wade, Ward 7 PAVE Parent Leader
Claudia Lujan, Deputy Chief, D.C. Public Schools
Scott Pearson, Executive Director, Public Charter School Board
Vanessa Gerideau, Parent Navigator, DCSRN

Moderator:  Thomas Toch, Director, FutureEd