The D.C. State Board of Education voted last month to approve new proposed residency regulations, which are designed to clarify the residency policies and procedures that ensure District residents access to available seats at local schools, and when extra space is available, to ensure that non-resident students are permitted to enroll in a public school and pay non-resident tuition.

Through this rule, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education seeks to further prevent residency fraud while reducing burden and lift barriers for both local education agencies and families in the residency verification process.

SBOE Teacher of the Year

SBOE has honored Elizabeth Dewhurst as D.C.’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Dewhurst is a reading intervention teacher at Stuart-Hobson Middle School.

Getting Physical

During its March public meeting, SBOE voted to approve a recommendation from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on updating citywide physical education standards.

These academic standards will cover all students from pre-kindergarten through high-school age.

The proposed changes will help develop physically-literate students gain the skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Physical education standards were last approved in 2008.

Full-Ride Scholarships

Joel Escobar of Cesar Chavez – Parkside High Public Charter School in Northeast and Jenesis Duran of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Northwest have both received George Washington University’s merit-based Stephen Joe Trachtenberg Scholarship.

It’s Academic

Washington Latin PCS in Northwest lists as the first among local charter schools to appear on “It’s Academic,” the longest-running quiz show in the history of television.

For the past three years, the school has made the playoffs, with the current team featuring three students — two seniors and one junior.

Last year, the team’s coach, Ryan Benjamin, won the show’s Coach of the Year award. Washington Latin also has a larger academic club, made up of 20 students who are competitive in smaller tournaments throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Career Calling

Tsion Teckle, a co-lead preschool teacher at AppleTree Early Learning campus in Northwest, shares why she loves teaching at her school.

“This career feels like a calling and it has given me a higher purpose,” she said. “I think there is a reason and a purpose why I have been placed at AppleTree especially with my unique background in child nutrition and the arts.

“I am constantly aware of my obligation to be a positive role model for my students and parents and believe that every child deserves a quality education with teachers who are dedicated to the growth and development of students, setting the tone for their entire lives,” Teckle said. “Beyond the classroom, I can honestly say that I love and respect the people that I work with and the community of people I serve. Working here makes it easier to commit to the organization’s mission of closing the achievement gap before kindergarten.”

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