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Committee Assignments

Standing Committees

On February 17, 2021, the State Board passed SR21-2, a resolution that established a new committee structure and created new committee assignments. Learn more about the committees in the State Board's bylaws. The schedule of committee meetings can be found in our events page.

  • Chair: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1
  • Members: Jacque Patterson, At-Large; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Chair: Carlene Reid, Ward 8
  • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4; Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Co-chairs: Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Jacque Patterson, At-Large
  • Members: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Carlene Reid, Ward 8, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Chair: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6
  • Members: Allister Chang, Ward 2; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Carlene Reid, Ward 8, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Co-chairs: Shayla Dell; Alex O'Sullivan
  • Members: Students of the Student Advisory Committee
  • Chair: Frazier O'Leary, Ward 4
  • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Allister Chang, Ward 2; Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7, Zachary Parker; Ward 5 

Ad-hoc Committees

The State Board may, from time to time, vote to establish ad hoc committees or task forces to help carry out its responsibilities.

  • Chair: Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7
  • Members: Jacque Patterson, At-Large; Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; and Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Co-chairs: Allister Chang, Ward 2; Zachary Parker, Ward 5 
  • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4; Jessica Sutter, Ward 6

 

External Committee Assignments

The following members serve as representatives of the State Board on external bodies:

  • Steering Committee: Zachary Parker, Ward 5

    Policy Committee: John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director

    Program Committee: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1

    Data Committee: Alexander Jue, Senior Policy Analyst

    Task Force: Zachary Parker, Ward 5

  • Government Affairs Committee: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6

    Public Education Positions Committee: Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7

  • John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director
  • Allister Chang, Ward 2
  • Carlene Reid, Ward 8

Former Committee Assignments and Task Forces

  • Administration and Budget: This committee monitored and oversaw the State Board’s budget, personnel, and governance.

    Chair: Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

    Members: Karen Williams, Ward 7; Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3

  • Teacher Retention: This committee worked to better understand the issue of teacher retention and the effects that low rates of retention have on District students, schools, and communities. It has since been absorbed into the Teacher Practice Standing Committee.

    Chair: Frazier O'Leary, Ward 4

    Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Zachary Parker, Ward 5; Karen Williams, Ward 7; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3

  • Well-Rounded Education: This committee is conducted research to learn the degree to which D.C. schools are able to ensure students have access to a balanced education, with attention to non-tested subjects including arts, sciences, and social studies.

    Co-Chairs: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Zachary Parker, Ward 5

    Members: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

  • Social Studies Standards: This committee worked to develop a multi-year plan, including extensive collaboration with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and a diverse group of stakeholders, that would ultimately result in revised state social studies standards that are culturally inclusive and anti-racist, impart important social studies content in the early grades, strengthen student knowledge of democratic principles and values, and promote civic engagement. It has since been absorbed into the Education Standards Standing Committee.

    Chair: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6

    Co-chair: Karen Williams, Ward 7

    Members: Zachary Parker, Ward 5; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

  • Research: This committee examined and reviewed how school quality is measured under the District’s STAR Framework, alternative ideas and options for such measurement, and the strengths and weaknesses of these measures. It has since been absorbed into the Assessment and Accountability Standing Committee.

    Chair: Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3

    Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8; Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Zachary Parker, Ward 5

  • Every Day Counts! Task Force (External Committee Assignment): The Every Day Counts! Taskforce is a partnership of diverse District of Columbia agencies and stakeholders that collectively advance and coordinate strategies to increase student attendance and reduce truancy.

    Ashley MacLeay, At-Large, to serve as alternate delegate

  • ESSA Task Force: ESSA implementation began during the 2017-18 school year. The Task Force worked with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to gather input from diverse stakeholders on the design and development of the new accountability system for the District.

    Chair: Karen Williams, Ward 7

    State Board Members: Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Zachary Parker, Ward 5

    Members: See full list

  • High School Graduation Requirements Task Force On June 5, 2017, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) proudly announced the formation of a new High School Graduation Requirements Task Force under the leadership of Ward 1 representative Laura Wilson Phelan and Ward 8 representative Markus Batchelor. With a clear focus on ensuring that all students across the District succeed in college and career, this task force reviewed, analyzed and, as necessary, made thoughtful, implementable recommendations to adjust DC’s high school graduation requirements for all DCPS and public charter students.

    Co-chairs: Laura Wilson Phelan, Ward 1; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

    Members: See full list