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Ombudsman and Chief Student Advocate present update reports

Friday, February 1, 2019
SBOE monthly working session agenda released

Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist
(202) 741-0888

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its regular monthly working session on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5 pm in Room 1114 at 441 Fourth St. NW. The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education and the Office of the Student Advocate will update the State Board on their work on behalf of District families, providing recommendations for the State Board to engage further with their offices. The working session will be streamed live via Periscope for community members who are unable to attend in person.

The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, under the direction of recently appointed Ombudsman Serena Hayes, will present information on the work completed during the last quarter and discuss opportunities to collaborate with the Board members this year. Ms. Hayes was appointed to her new role at the January public meeting for a term of five years, beginning on January 22, 2019. The DC Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education is an impartial, independent, and neutral office that uses mediation and conflict resolution to resolve complaints and concerns for parents and families regarding public education.

Led by Chief Student Advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard, the Office of the Student Advocate (OSA) works in partnership to equalize the balance of power between families and schools by increasing family voice, access, and power. In the office’s day-to-day work, OSA supports students and families in their advocacy through parent education, one-on-one coaching, resource supports, and trainings.

While working sessions are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate. However, individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the State Board. Written testimony must be submitted by email at [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. To review the agenda and submitted testimony and presentations, please visit our information-sharing website.

The draft agenda for the working session is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified, or updated without notice.

I.     Call to Order
II.    Announcement of a Quorum
III.   Leadership Report
IV.   Executive Director’s Report
V.    Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Report
VI.   Office of the Student Advocate Report
VII.  Strategic Planning
VIII. Bylaws
 IX.  New Business & Other Discussion
   X. Adjournment

Please note that due to winter break for many District schools, the SBOE will hold its next monthly public meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

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 DC 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