SBOE Monthly Snapshot


Your Community Voice for Public Education in the District

February 3, 2017


2017 State Board 

Karen Williams
President, Ward 7

Jack Jacobson 
Vice President, Ward 2

Ashley Carter

Laura Wilson Phelan
Ward 1

Ruth Wattenberg
Ward 3

Lannette Woodruff
Ward 4

Mark Jones
Ward 5

Joe Weedon
Ward 6

Markus Batchelor
Ward 8

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SBOE Welcomes 3 New Members

With the start of 2017, the State Board welcomed three new members to advocate on behalf of public school students in the District. Ashley Carter (At-Large), Lannette Woodruff (Ward 4), and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) all began their terms this January.

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Make Your Voice Heard! 

ESSA Community Meetings in Your Ward

The State Board members will co-host a series of community meetings this month in all eight wards in the District to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA). Your feedback is needed to determine how we can define quality schools and put ESSA’s requirements into action! Click here to find out where and when! 

Ward 1 & 2 | Feb. 7 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Cardozo High School

Ward 3 | Feb. 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wilson High School

Ward 4 | Feb. 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Barnard Elementary School

Ward 5 | Feb. 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Brookland Middle School

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Ward 7 | Feb. 23 | 6-7:30 p.m. | DOES

Ward 8 | Feb. 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Anacostia Neighborhood Library


State Board Elections 

At January's public meeting, the State Board elected Ms. Karen Williams of Ward 7 as President and Mr. Jack Jacobson of Ward 2 as Vice President for 2017. Both members were recently re-elected by their constituents to serve a second term on the Board and both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles. The SBOE also voted to formally adopt a structure for upcoming policy, governance, and engagement committees to help achieve the goals of increasing equity and academic excellence in the District’s schools. 

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Let's Get Physical!

During January's working session, the State Board heard a recommendation from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on updating District-wide physical education standards. These academic standards will cover all students from pre-kindergarten through high school age. Physical education standards were last approved in 2008. An SBOE vote is scheduled at the February public meeting. 

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