The number of students enrolled in public schools in the District increased for the ninth consecutive year, reaching 91,537, according to preliminary data released earlier this week by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year grew by 1.6 percent, or roughly 1,476 students, over the previous year.
“After a decade of education reform and historic investments in our public schools, our students continue to achieve at higher levels,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Families are recognizing the tremendous work happening in schools across our city, and, each year, more families choose our public schools to educate and care for their children.”
Community Engagement Meetings
Chancellor Antwan Wilson and other DCPS leadership are providing monthly opportunities to provide feedback and help make critical decisions regarding the school system’s strategic priorities and initiatives.
The DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement is responsible for engaging parents, families and the community surrounding students’ learning and the improvement of schools. And, with the office’s work designed to impact and improve student achievement, staffers aim to increase confidence in DCPS and build trust from stakeholders by consistently listening to and consulting them.
Upcoming meetings will be held as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:45 a.m.-10 a.m. at Luke C. Moore High School in Northeast
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8:45 a.m.-10 a.m. at Eastern High School in Northeast
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast
Light refreshments, child care and interpretation services will be provided.
Graduation Task Force Holds Meetings
The 26-member High School Graduation Requirements Task Force meets twice a month to conduct important work, under the leadership of Ward 1 representative Laura Wilson Phelan and Ward 8 representative Markus Batchelor.
While the meetings are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate during task force sessions. District residents may stay involved and provide input throughout this process in a variety of ways. Both individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony or information for consideration by the task force by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest updates on the task force, visit sboe.dc.gov/gradreqs.
New Student Reps Sworn in by Board of Education
The State Board of Education held swearing-in ceremonies in late September for its two new student representatives, Tallya Rhodes (HD Woodson HS, Ward 7) and Tatiana Robinson (Ballou HS, Ward 8).
State Board President Karen Williams was joined by Ashley Carter (At-Large) and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) at both high schools as the newest student representatives were sworn in with proud teachers, classmates and family members cheering them on.
Tallya and Tatiana are the first students from their respective high schools to be selected as student representatives. The two were chosen through an open-application process due to their academic excellence and involvement at school and in the community.
Tatiana and Tallya will also chair the State Board’s Student Advisory Committee, which serves as the voice of students in the board’s work and is consulted on all issues of policy.