SBOE Hears From Social Studies Panel at Public Meeting

Friday, November 15, 2019
Educators and students testify on social studies standards.

Washington, DC- The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th St. NW. The State Board is very excited to hear from a panel of teachers, students, and residents that will testify on the social studies standards in their schools.  

“DC's Social Studies Standards were written more than 13 years ago and pre-date the existence of both the State Board of Education and OSSE,” Dr. Jessica Sutter, Ward 6 Representative & Chair of the Social Studies Standards Committee said. “The State Board looks forward to hearing from panels of educators in both DC Public Schools and public charter schools about the current standards and what they would like to see included in our forthcoming social studies standards review and revision.”

The State Board will vote on the annual report from the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, which recommends creating a citywide Response to Intervention framework, setting guidelines for how the Manifestation Determination Review must be conducted, and requiring schools to maintain a published list of the special education services that the school has accommodated on its campus within the last three years.

The State Board will also vote on the Office of the Student Advocate annual report whose recommendations include incorporating The Bullying Prevention and Intervention in D.C. Educational Institutions Training Toolkit into professional development sessions.

Dan Davis, Chief Student Advocate said, “There is a large variance in staff training on the requirements of the Youth Bullying and Prevention Act (YBPA). While many schools do provide some form of training, only a small number meet all of the requirements consistent with the YBPA.”

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

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

I. Call to Order

II.    Announcement of a Quorum

III.   Approval of the Agenda

IV.   Approval of the Minutes

V.    Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education

VI.   Comments from the State Superintendent of Education

VII.  Ceremonial Resolutions (VOTE)

   i. CR19-21 Recognizing the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

   ii. CR19-22 On Protecting Our Kids from Big Tobacco

VII. Public Comment

IX. Social Studies Standards

X. Administrative Items (VOTE)

     i. Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report

    ii.  Student Advocate Annual Report

XI. Adjournment

About the SBOE 

The D.C. 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

Contact: Milayo Olufemi [email protected] (202) 741-4688