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ESSA Task Force to Present Recommendations at Public Meeting

Friday, June 14, 2019
Members to hear report from Student Advisory Committee

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 Fourth St. NW. During this meeting, SBOE members will hear recommendations from its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force and Student Advisory Committee (SAC) on ways to further equity for District public school children. Additionally, the State Board will recognize Faith Gibson Hubbard, Maya Garcia, Juneteenth Independence Day, College Bound, Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, and Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute.

Representing residents from all eight wards of the city, the ESSA Task Force has convened monthly for the past two years. Members include students, parents, teachers, community leaders, education agency leaders, school leaders, and nonprofit personnel who work in relevant fields. Members from the task force will present a final report to the State Board at this month’s public meeting. This report contains a brief overview of the activities of the ESSA Task Force over that time frame, and remarks and recommendations from each of the task force’s three committees. Task Force members discussed how best to fund and otherwise support schools under the provisions of the federal law, with a specific emphasis on schools receiving lower ratings and schools serving the highest proportions of at-risk and disadvantaged youth, how to share best practices between schools, and how to make more data on schools available, among other reflections captured in the report.

The SAC serves as the voice of students in the State Board’s work and student members are consulted on issues of policy before the State Board. Through monthly meetings, this year’s SAC addressed teacher retention and school safety. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools who are interested in joining next year’s Student Advisory Committee may contact the SBOE at [email protected] to find out more information.

Meeting Information

All meeting documents can be accessed on the SBOE information-sharing site. The public meeting will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) and will be streamed live via Periscope for those community members who are unable to attend in person.

Public Testimony

All students, parents, 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 [email protected] no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. An electronic copy of testimony must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any. Individuals must also bring at least fifteen (15) copies of their written statements with them to the meeting.

Public Meeting Draft Agenda

I.     Call to Order
II.    Announcement of a Quorum
III.   Approval of the Agenda & Minutes
IV.   Comments from the President of the D.C. State Board of Education
V.    Comments from the State Superintendent of Education
VI.   Ceremonial Resolutions (VOTE)
        i. Juneteenth Independence Day
       ii. Faith Gibson Hubbard
      iii. Maya Garcia
      iv. SY18–19 Student Advisory Committee
       v. ESSA Task Force
      vi. College Bound
     vii. Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program
    viii. Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute
VII. Public Comment
VIII.Student Advisory Committee Report
IX.  ESSA Task Force Report
X.   Additional Items (Vote)
      i. Community Schools Advisory Board Appointment
     ii. SR 19-6 Implementation of Working Group Proposals
    iii. SR 19-7 Education Standard Implementation Task Force
XI. Adjournment

*Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified, or updated without notice.

Please be advised that the July SBOE working session will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, due to the Independence Day holiday.

About the SBOE

The DC State Board of Education is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District’s state education agency. The State Board is comprised of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing D.C. at large, and two appointed student representatives. The State Board approves statewide education policies and sets academic standards, while OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding. More information about the SBOE can be found at