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As a special education administrator in DC Public Schools, Brandon Besthas seen struggles with a lack of communication between parents and teachers for over a decade. That’s why he founded PT Chat, a platform designed for Title I schools that allows parents to regularly talk with their teachers and check up on their kids.

“A lot of schools really have difficultly when it comes to engaging families, especially in a way that impacts their bottom line, which is student achievement,” Best told DC. “At DCPS, they have 48,000 students, for which they receive $25 million in Title I funding, and 1 percent of that funding has to be spent, by law, on family engagement projects. That’s what we are. For the last couple of years they have been trying to figure out ways to spend that money.”


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