ESSA Community Meetings and more...

Please join me on Feb 21 at Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan or on Feb 27 at CHAW to share your thoughts on the District's proposed State Accountability Plan.


ESSA FlyerMake Your Voice Heard: ESSA Community Meetings

The State Board members are co-hosting 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 define quality schools and put ESSA’s requirements into action! 

Ward 6 | Feb. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE.  Register here for Feb. 21

Ward 6 | Feb. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Register here for Feb. 27


Flyers: English | Amharic | Chinese | French | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese

If you can’t join us in #Ward6, please join another conversation. Click here for more information.

Physical Education Standards

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. 


Chancellor WilsonWelcome Chancellor Wilson

I’d like to welcome Chancellor Antwan Wilson to Washington, DC. I’m looking forward to working with him and hope to find an opportunity to bring him to Ward 6 to hear from parents and community members about what we need to do to ensure our neighborhood schools continue to thrive!


Changes to DC School Lottery?

Mayor Bowser kicked off education week by announcing a change to DC’s School Lottery. Under the proposed policy, DC Public Charter Schools would be able to give a preference to students living within a half mile of the school.  You can read more from WAMU here.

The proposal will require Council action and I encourage you to let Education Committee Chair David Grosso, as well as Councilmember Allen, know your opinions on this issue.  I was disappointed that the Mayor elected to make this recommendation prior to the release of the Cross-Sector Task Force recommendations. The task force has spent over a year developing recommendations for the Mayor on how to improve the coherence of public education in DC for parents and increase the collaboration across and among public schools.

And, remember, your My School DC Lottery Applications for Early Ed through Grade 8 are due by March 1.

Oversight & Budget Hearings

Below you will find the schedule of upcoming Council Hearings on education –related issues.


  • Feb. 10 – Department of Parks & Recreation at 11:00 am (412) – sign up via Transportation & Environment Cmte
  • Feb. 14 – Office of the State Superintendent of Education at 11:00 am (412)
  • Feb. 15 – Deputy Mayor for Education / State Board of Education at 10:00 am (123)
  • Feb. 17 – Department of Health at 11:00 am (412) – sign up via Health Committee
  • Feb. 22 – DC Public Library at 10:00 am (412)
  • Feb. 23 – DCPS Public Witnesses at 10:00 am (500)
  • Feb. 28 – Department of General Services at 11:00 am (500) – sign up via Transportation & Environment Cmte
  • Feb. 28 – Public Charter School Board / Bullying Prevention Taskforce (123)
  • Mar. 2 – DCPS Government Witnesses at 10:00 am (412)


  • Apr. 25 – Deputy Mayor for Education at 10:00 am (123)
  • Apr. 26 – Office of the State Superintendent of Education at 11:00 am (120)
  • Apr. 27 – DCPS Public Witnesses *10am start – RECESS – 5pm start* (500)
  • May 1 – DC Public Library at 11:00 am (412)
  • May 3 – DCPS Government Witnesses at 10:00 am (412)
  • May 4 – Public Charter School Board / State Board of Education at 10:00 am (412)

You can sign up to testify for any or all of the Education Committee hearings online here: The Department of Health (school nurse contract) is under the Council Health Committee, and Department of General Services (school modernization) and Department of Parks and Recreation (co-located recreation facilities) are through the Transportation and the Environment Committee.

Parents are always welcome to provide written testimony if that works better than appearing in person. For Education Committee hearings, written statements can be emailed to Jess Giles at the Committee at and will be made a part of the official hearing record (please also share with Laura Marks on Councilmember Allen's team). The full hearing schedule can be found here.



Education Committee Chairman David Grosso will be visiting Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A tomorrow evening. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at Miner ES. 601 15th Street NE.


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