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State Board to Hold ESSA Community Meetings Across the District, Continue Discussion at June Working Session

Friday, May 27, 2016

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) has announced it will hold a series of community meetings to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) and its impact on students, parents, and educators. This new law removes many of the narrow mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and gives states more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to fix schools that are failing.

The community meetings will be held at schools and libraries in every ward. At each meeting, the State Board will provide an overview of ESSA and the new requirements, followed by a discussion on what a successful school looks like and how we can help all schools best serve our students. The scheduled and tentative dates, times and locations are below. Please check our website for further information.

Date Time Location Ward
Thursday, June 2 5:30-6:30 pm Petworth Library Ward 4
Saturday, June 4 1-2 pm Columbia Heights Education Campus Ward 1
Saturday, June 4 4-5 pm Capitol View Library Ward 7
Monday, June 6 6-7 pm Turkey Thicket Recreation Center Ward 5
Wednesday, June 8 7-8 pm Tenley-Friendship Library Ward 3
Monday, June 13 6-7 pm MLK Memorial Library Ward 2
Thursday, June 16 6:30-7:30 pm Anacostia Library Ward 8
Tuesday, June 21 6:30-7:30 pm TBD/Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization Ward 6

Further, on June 1, 2016, the State Board will hold its monthly working session. The working session will begin at 4:30 pm at 441 4th Street, NW, Room 1114, Washington, DC 20001. 

The working session will begin with the Offices of the Ombudsman for Public Education and the Student Advocate briefing the SBOE on their efforts in the third quarter as well as discuss areas of collaboration with State Board members.

The working session also includes an opportunity for the State Board to discuss the community meetings and future plans to ensure a wide variety of voices are able to give input on this important topic.

The SBOE will also discuss proposed changes to its establishing statute and plans for reviewing and revising graduation requirements.

The draft agenda of the working session is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified or updated without notice. Additional materials for the working session can be found here.

  • Call to Order (4:30 pm)
  • Announcement of a Quorum (4:32 pm)
  • Ombudsman and Student Advocate Update (4:35-4:50 pm)
  • SBOE Omnibus Legislation Discussion (4:50-5:05 pm)
  • ESSA Community Feedback (5:05-5:45 pm)
  • Graduation Requirements Discussion (5:45-6:00 pm)
  • 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