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Residency Verification and Annual Reports on State Board Agenda, October 26

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on October 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Please note that this is one week later than the usual monthly meeting time and in a different location than normal due to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Offices of the Ombudsman and Student Advocate will release annual reports summarizing their work with District families. The Ombudsman will provide recommendations to ensure education equity for students with disabilities, provide a positive school climate to care for our at-risk students, and support our homeless, disconnected, and food-insecure students. The Chief Student Advocate will provide recommendations to increase parent teacher organization capacity, design and implement discipline policies, and ensure the safe passage of students and families.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will provide the State Board with a recap of the Third Annual DC Parent & Family Engagement Summit. The citywide summit for parents is being held on October 22, 2016, to provide resources and solicit feedback directly from the students’ families. The summit will also provide an additional opportunity for the public to participate in the development of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system. OSSE and SBOE have been working together to engage a variety of stakeholders through early 2017 on the District’s ESSA state plan. For more information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit sboe.dc.gov/essa and osse.dc.gov/essa.

The State Board will also continue its work on revising regulations related to residency verification. At the meeting, OSSE will provide context on the current practices for residency verification, and information on the new regulations and practices OSSE has proposed. The State Board is committed to providing a balance between ease of verification and ensuring that District students have the first shot at seats in District schools.

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]. Individuals should provide their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business the Monday prior to the meeting. Those testifying should bring fifteen (15) copies of their written statements with them to the meeting and are encouraged to submit one (1) electronic copy in advance.

The draft agenda of the meeting is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified or updated without notice.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of a Quorum
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Approval of the Minutes
  5. Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education
  6. Public Comments
  7. Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and Fiscal Year 2018 Need for Appropriations (VOTE)
  8. Residency Regulations
  9. ESSA Parent Summit Presentation
  10. Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report
  11. Office of the Student Advocate Annual Report
  12. Committee Reports
  13. Adjournment

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at sboe.dc.gov.