Former first lady Michelle Obama surprised Thurgood Marshall Academy students with her appearance. (TMA photo)
Former first lady Michelle Obama surprised Thurgood Marshall Academy students with her appearance. (TMA photo)

NBC’s “Today” show recently featured a story about Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Class of 2020 registering to vote, with video of the Zoom call announcing the winning schools.

Khala proudly represented TMA as former first lady Michelle Obama surprised students with her appearance.

DCPS NAF Academies Awarded Highest Distinction

Each year, DCPS’ national partner NAF conducts a thorough assessment of DCPS’ NAF Academy programs and their implementation and efficacy.

McKinley Technology HS Biotechnology Academy (1st Year Academy), Wilson Academy of Hospitality, Phelps Academy of Engineering, and HD Woodson Academy of Engineering have been honored with NAF’s highest national status.

They will join the following DCPS NAF academies who continue to maintain their Distinguished NAF Academy status for school year 2019-20:

– Ballou High School – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
– Columbia Heights Education Campus – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
– McKinley Technology High School – Academy of Engineering
– McKinley Technology High School – Academy of Information Technology

FY21 Budget Announcement

Despite projected revenue decreases for the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s fiscal 2021 budget includes a $979.4 million local investment for schools, a $77 million increase over FY20.

Putting students first is at the heart of DCPS’ budget decisions and the FY21 budget, including $3.4 million in targeted Chancellor’s Assistance funds as well as another $6.1 million in budget assistance, demonstrates that commitment. Through these investments, DCPS school budgets will remain secure. The only reduction between principals’ February submission and now is a reduction in travel funds, which was implemented across all agency budgets.

Student Supports, Learning Enhancements

DCPS believes providing enriching and nurturing supports for the mind, body, and family to be more important than ever. The school system is pleased to share that this budget includes $2.1 million to Connected Schools to provide wraparound services, including wellness and behavioral health supports.

To continue increasing equity in technology access, especially in the current environment of learning at home, the FY21 budget will advance our Empowered Learners Initiative with a $6.9 million investment to close the digital divide and help reach a 1:1 student-to-device ratio by 2022.

The FY21 budget also includes a $450,000 investment to support early literacy intervention programs. This investment will allow us to serve an additional 600 students across the city to help reach our goal of every K-2 student reading at grade level by 2022.

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