State Board of Education Reviews ReOpenDC Plan

Friday, May 29, 2020
Calls for Applications to Social Studies Advisory Committee

Washington, DC—The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public working session on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 5:00 pm. As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak continues to spread globally, the State Board is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and public. Therefore, this meeting will be held as a video web conference

The State Board will provide updated information on the District’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. On May 27, 2020, Mayor Bowser announced the District’s stay-at-home order would end today, May 29, 2020; the public health emergency for Washington, DC is still in effect through July 24, 2020, as the District continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. DC Public Schools (DCPS) will end the 2019–20 school year today, May 29, and DC public charter schools have been encouraged to end on or around today as well. For the most up-to-date information on the District’s COVID-19 response, please visit

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Mayor Bowser announced her plans to ReOpen DC. “We will need to be measured, data-driven, and deliberate to ensure a safe and sustainable return. ReOpen DC is about working together as a community to reopen Washington, DC in a way that is safe and sustainable.” The State Board is reviewing the recommendations and the suggested phases of ReOpen DC and looking into summer planning and school re-opening procedures for District students. 

On June 4, 2020, President Wattenberg will provide testimony on behalf of the State Board before the DC Council’s Committees of the Whole and on Education on the FY2021 Budget, highlighting the work of the State Board on various issues including revisions to the District’s social studies standards; teacher retention, especially in our schools with the largest percentages of at-risk students; reviewing the STAR Framework; and the impact of community schools. Members of the public are encouraged to testify at budget hearings, including for the State Board, by calling (202) 430-5720 and leaving a voice message or submitting written remarks to [email protected] by June 2, 2020.

The State Board is currently working in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to update the District’s statewide social studies standards. The State Board believes that revised and updated social studies standards should be culturally inclusive and anti-racist, impart important social studies content in the early grades, strengthen student knowledge of democratic principles and values, and promote civic engagement. To continue this work, the Social Studies Committee is soliciting applications to form a Social Studies Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will review the existing social studies standards, make recommendations on revisions, and help articulate values and essential principles for social studies standards in recommendations it will deliver to the State Board. 

The State Board committees will also provide updates on their work during the Working Session. 

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, submit 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.

  1. Call to Order 
  2. Announcement of a Quorum 
  3. Leadership Report 
  4. Executive Director's Report 
  5. COVID-19 Response, Recovery & ReOpen 
  6. Supporting Black/African-American Teachers 
  7. Equity Statement and Framework 
  8. Committee Reports 
    1. Student Advisory 
    2. Teacher Retention 
    3. Social Studies Standards 
    4. Well Rounded Education 
    5. Research 
    6. Administrative 
  9. New Business & Other Discussion 
  10. 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

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Contact: Milayo Olufemi


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