State Board Explores Community Feedback, Makes Recommendations

Friday, January 31, 2020
Homlessness and teaching reading remain priorities

Washington, DC—The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly working session on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 5:00 pm at 441 Fourth St. NW.

The working session will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) and will be streamed live via Periscope for community members who are unable to attend in person.

The State Board is continuously exploring new and better ways to engage with its constituents. We want to know what is going on from different perspectives and across all wards. Creating open channels to solicit information from residents is a necessary component of communicating with the public. Ensuring that information from the State Board reaches residents is a vital feedback loop, so that the State Board can continue to raise important issues that might otherwise be lost.

The State Board will continue in its efforts to shed light on serving homeless students in the District. According to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 1 in 15 students will experience homelessness this academic year. Dropping out of high school is the single highest risk factor for experiencing homelessness as a young person. In December 2019, the State Board heard testimony from the District Government and advocates—and has prepared a set of recommendations to better serve these vulnerable students based on the insight shared.

The State Board will also revisit the teaching of reading in the District’s public schools as an important part of a student’s academic success. At our December 2019 and January 2020 public meetings, the State Board explored the topic from a number of angles, including hearing directly from teachers and school leaders about what they are doing to help identify students struggling and what supports those students can and should have access. The State Board will review a memorandum that compiles the testimony and provides high-level takeaways for further discussion by the representatives.

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. Serving Homeless Students

VI. Teaching Reading

VII.  Meeting Calendar

VIII. Feedback Loop with Residents

IX. Committee Reports

      i. Teacher Retention

      ii. Social Studies Standards

      iii. Well Rounded Education

      iv. Research

      v. Administrative

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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