The 2019 DC Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that lesbian, gay and bisexual students make up 15.9% of high school students in D.C. compared to transgender students who comprise 1.9% of D.C. high school students.
Meanwhile, consistent research suggests that students with LGBTQ+ inclusive curricula and multicultural education in their schools are more likely to report lower frequencies of bullying, lower levels of depression, more accepting peers and greater feelings of safety.
With most students in D.C. having resumed in-person learning, safe passage, as they travel to and from school, is of the utmost importance, according to a DC State Board of Education survey.
Last year, a Student Advocate poll revealed that more than one-third of students reported feeling uncomfortable or in danger; more specifically, respondents reported feeling either, concerned, or in danger while traveling to-and-from school.
Nine recipients of subgrants totaling $12.9 million for the next four years have been announced by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
The allocations, which will impact 8,000 students, will be disseminated through the Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant aimed at developing and implementing comprehensive, high-quality literacy programs within schools and child development facilities.
“We are at a critical time in education as we work to support our school communities to recover from the pandemic. Our students, particularly those who are most vulnerable, have experienced significant learning loss, and it’s our thoughtful planning and strategic investments that will help close the achievement gap,” said acting State Superintendent Christina Grant. “These grant awards and our Comprehensive Literacy Plan are foundational in strengthening our efforts to improve literacy across the city. It is essential that our students are provided with resources and quality instruction necessary to become lifelong, successful readers.”
Schools and early childhood education programs that received subgrant funding include:
Bright Beginnings $480,000
Martha’s Table $872,988
Eagle Academy PCS $2,414,180
Meridian PCS $2,323,181
D.C. Preparatory Academy $2,304,089
Friendship PCS $2,429,033
Meridian PCS $1,690,082
Friendship PCS $2,421,033
Athletic Vaccine Requirements
Beginning Nov. 1, students aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in school-based extracurricular athletics.
Currently, students ages 12-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. However, because the second dose is given three weeks after the first dose, student-athletes should get their first dose as soon as possible.
For a student whose 12th birthday falls between Sept. 20 and Nov. 1, the vaccination requirement deadline is Dec. 13. For student-athletes who turn 12 years old after Nov. 1, the deadline for vaccination is two months after their birthday.
Norton to Join SBOE
D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who for decades has been a strong advocate and supporter of quality and equitable public education in the District, will join the State Board of Education to offer insight on the emergency funding plan.