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SBOE FAQs

What is the State Board of Education?
The State Board of Education sets expectations and rules that help all students succeed in school and beyond. The statutory roles and responsibilities of the State Board can be found here.

Who sits on the State Board of Education?
The State Board of Education is comprised of nine elected representatives, one from each of the District of Columbia eight wards and one elected at-large. You can find your representative here.

Who leads the State Board of Education?
The State Board of Education selects new leadership annually. Mark Jones, the Ward 5 Representative to the State Board is the current president. Mary Lord, the At-Large Representative, is currently serving as Vice President.

When was the State Board of Education established?
The State Board of Education was established by the "Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007."

Is the State Board of Education a part of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)?
No. In 2013, the State Board of Education became an independent agency from OSSE. The State Board works collaboratively with OSSE whenever possible.

Does the State Board of Education oversee schools?
No. The State Board of Education is not a local school board. The decisions to hire teachers, set curriculum, approve budgets, buy textbooks, or manage the daily operations of traditional or pubic charter schools is left up to each individual local education agency.

Who do I call if I want to complain about my school?
Starting in 2013, the State Board of Education will host the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education. The Ombudsman can be reached via email at ombudsman@dc.gov or by phone at (202) 741-0888. However, before contacting the Ombudsman, you may want to discuss the issue with your principal first.

What is the Ombudsman for Public Education?
The Ombudsman for Public Education was re-established to respond to concerns and complaints from students, parents, and teachers. The Ombudsman can be reached via email at ombudsman@dc.gov or by phone at (202) 741-0888.

When does the State Board of Education meet?
The State Board holds regular working sessions on the first Wednesday of each month at 441 4th Street NW, on the 11th floor, from 4:30 pm-6 pm. The State Board of Education also holds a public meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 441 4th Street NW, in the Old Council Chambers, from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. These meetings are subject to change.

How can I get involved?
Everyone is invited to attend both working sessions and public meetings; however members of the public can only speak at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify State Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at sboe@dc.gov, furnishing their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business the Monday prior to the meeting.

Public comments are not taken at working sessions, but they can be submitted via email at sboe@dc.gov.