Education Budget, Lead, May 18 SBoE Meeting & Eastern Career Day

The Education Committee will vote on the Education Committee's FY17 Committee Report TODAY, May 5 from 2-4 pm in Room 500 of the Wilson Building. You can watch here. Overall, while I continue to believe that the Council could provide stronger oversight of Agency, especially DCPS, operating budgets, I believe that the proposal is a step in the right direction. The proposal for capital expenditures provides additional funding for much-needed stabilization projects to improve health and safety in our school buildings, including funds to repair HVAC and ceilings at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, and some small, but significant, investments in ensuring adequate facilities for students, including funds for the construction of science labs at Jefferson Academy MS.

I applaud the Chairman and members of the committee for their work and thank Councilmember Cheh from Ward 3 for working with Councilmembers Grosso and Allen to move funds from the Transportation and the Environment Committee to support these vital projects.

You can check out the full committee mark here



water_1.pngwater_2.jpgI’m sure that everyone has seen the extremely troubling reports of lead in our Ward and city schools. I have spoken with Deputy Mayor for Education Jenny Niles and am convinced that the city has a good plan in place to move forward. A plan that will protect the health of our students. All sources of water will be checked, labeled, and regularly maintained. The information – test results and maintenance records – will be made available to the public.

This does not excuse the mistakes of the past and DCPS and DGS have a tough road ahead as they seek to restore the community’s trust. I’ve encouraged the Deputy Mayor to make testing available for any and all students who may have been exposed to water with elevated levels of lead.  If you have any concerns, I’d encourage you to visit your family’s pediatrician and to reach out to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education.


May 18 SBoE Meeting 

Deputy Mayor Niles will be joining the State Board of Education at our regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 5:30 PM to discuss the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. I continue to be concerned that the process of developing the city’s priorities was not done, as recommended by the Deputy Mayor’s Boundary Taskforce, with public input and that proposals for some schools fail to meet the needs of those communities. I look forward to a robust discussion with the Deputy Mayor and invite you to send me any questions or concerns that you would like to see addressed.

All students, parents, and educators, and community members are invited to provide testimony at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting.


Eastern Legacy Day 

Please join the Eastern family to share your life and career experiences

with students at our Fifth Annual Legacy Day on Friday, May 27th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

eastern__career.jpgParticipants will speak to one ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade class about their life’s path and current career. Each class will hear from a panel of three or four professionals at a time. There is no need to prepare a formal presentation; just arrive ready to share your experiences and dialogue with students and other members of the panel. If you would like to volunteer to speak at Career Day, please complete this two minute interest form.

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