Thurgood Marshall Academy social studies teacher Karen Lee began the first day of her U.S. Government class trying to answer the question, “Who votes?”

After viewing D.C. and national voting data, Lee and her students discovered that the lowest D.C. voter turnout rates occur in Wards 7 and 8. The conversation sparked students’ interest in finding out why their community had lower turnout rates.

“Voting rights and voter registration has always been important to me, and so every student that I have taught has had an opportunity to register to vote through my class,” Lee said.

Though the coronavirus pandemic presented some challenges, the students’ dedication to their project led to 100% voter registration from the class of 2020 and their teachers. In recognition of their hard work, TMA was one of 20 schools to win the “When We Vote Prom Challenge.”

Virtual Learning Success

The first month of virtual learning at Thurgood Marshall Academy for the 2020-21 academic year has been a success, authorities say.

With more than 90% of students having logged on to engage in learning, daily attendance rates remain high.

September highlights include:

– College Workshop: College App Process
– Open House
– Programs Are Back: Clubs, and Law and Support Programs

NACAC Recognition

Sanja Mitchell, TMA director of College & Alumni, is the first public charter school counselor nominated to the National Association for College Admission Counseling Board.

NACAC is the premier organization that sets and monitors policies for the college admissions process nationally and internationally.

Voter Guide on Education Issues

Democrats for Education Reform DC, an organization committed to creating a public education system in Washington, D.C. that justly and equitably serves all students, recently released its first-ever DC Education Champions Voter Guide to help D.C. voters understand candidates’ positions on key education policy issues ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

While the guide does not endorse any particular candidate, DFER DC encourages eligible voters to pay attention to the candidates who have a strong understanding of the building blocks of an equitable public education system that include public school choice, teacher quality and higher education quality.

“This year shows us that change must happen, and it must happen now. There is no greater lever with which to change the broken status quo than the exercise of our most fundamental right as Americans: our right to vote,” said DFER DC Director Ramin Taheri. “As an organization dedicated to fighting for the students and families who are so often overlooked, we must ensure DC residents are well-informed and able to exercise their right to vote.”

Latinx Heritage Month

Ballou Senior High School is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month which ends Oct. 15.

Ms. Parrish, a ninth-grade social worker of Dominican and African American descent, loves to dance and drink malta, a beverage that is popular in the Caribbean.

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