State Board to Discuss Barriers Faced by Students Experiencing Homelessness

Friday, February 28, 2020
Expanding Latinx Teacher Workforce also on Agenda

Washington, DC—The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly working session on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 5:00 pm at 441 Fourth St. NW. The working session will be streamed live via Periscope for community members who are unable to attend in person.

The State Board is continuing its exploration into the barriers faced by students and families experiencing homelessness. Federal and District law attempts to ensure that students with insecure housing are able to continue their educations, but in practice, it can be a daily challenge to move across the city to attend school.  The State Board will be discussing a draft resolution that includes recommendations for additional action by the State Board and other agencies to better serve our families.

Following testimony received at its February Public Meeting, the State Board will also be reviewing a resolution related to its work related to attracting, maintaining and retaining the best teacher workforce in the country, with a particular focus on Latinx teachers. The State Board applauds the work already being done in this area by DC Public Schools and the public charter sector and encourages additional support for these efforts by the mayor and Council.

Finally, the State Board will also review its equity statement to ensure that the tenets adopted in May 2018 are being fulfilled. Regular review and discussion of an agency’s pledge to equity are important reminders of those commitments.

While working sessions are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the State Board at any time. Written testimony must be submitted by email ([email protected]) at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting, in order to be included in the official record. Materials received after that time will be included in the next official meeting record. To review the agenda and submitted testimony and presentations, please visit the SBOE meeting documents site.


Working Session Agenda

 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. Departed Teachers Survey

VI. Hiring Latinx Teachers

VII. Serving Homeless Students

VIII. Equity Statement Discussion

IX. Committee Reports

X. New Business & Other Discussion

XI. Adjournment

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

Contact: Milayo Olufemi


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