The district's massive size made it tough to communicate with parents through traditional methods, said Textizen co-founder Alex Yule.
It was developed by Yule, who was a Code for America fellow at the time, and colleague Michelle Lee.
"We decided on text messaging because it's a much broader, more widely available technology," Yule
Eighty-six percent of Americans own a cellphone, according to the Pew Research Center
, so creating an application that uses text messaging seemed like the obvious answer to improve citizen engagement, Yule
Many citizens don't want to attend town hall meetings, which may take hours or are inconveniently located; however, text messaging is easy and requires a small commitment compared to other ways to participate in local government, he