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The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced on Aug. 30 that the U.S. Department of Education has approved D.C.’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, which focuses on the continued progress of all students and accelerating growth for the students who are furthest behind.

“We are pleased that the Department of Education has approved D.C.’s state plan,” said State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang. “The plan is guided by our commitment to providing equitable access to high quality education for all students and flexibility for our schools to meet the unique needs of all students.”

SBOE Honors Council Member

The D.C. State Board of Education congratulated former D.C. Council member Mary Lord for her reception of the 2017 National Association of State Boards of Education Distinguished Service Award.

Lord, a longtime Dupont Circle resident, served on the D.C. State Board of Education for nine years from its inception in 2007 through 2016. She was given the award in recognition of her contributions to education.

“Mary Lord has been a leader in the D.C. education sphere for over a decade,” said board President Karen Williams. “Her dedication to STEM education in the city has ensured that students have access to stimulating educational experiences. Her service on the NASBE Board provided a direct link for the students of the District into national education policy debates.”

Charter Schools Back DACA Students

“We stand with all students protected by #DACA. Ending this program is cruel. Congress must act before many deserving young people are deported,” said Scott Pearson, executive director of D.C. Public Charter Schools.

Instagram Takeover

D.C.’s public charter schools recently hosted a “#Back2YourFutureDC” Instagram Takeover to recognize all back-to-school activities.

Each day, since school began this term, a D.C. Public Charter School was given creative control of the school system’s Instagram account to post photos and videos.

Jahari, a fourth-grader at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School in Southeast, expressed excitement at taking over the schools’ Instagram account on her first day back to school.

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