D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Enrollment Increase

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced March 8 that DCPS enrollment increased for the 10th consecutive year, reaching 93,016 students in school year 2018-19.

Audited enrollment numbers, released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), show a 1.6 percent increase overall in both sectors–or 1,479 additional students–over the previous school year.

“Enrollment in our public schools continues to grow because, each year, we have continued to expand access to high-quality schools and programming for families across all eight wards,” Bowser said. “We’ve made big investments in our schools, students, and educators, and those investments are paying off. This process has never been a sprint, but a decadelong commitment to building trust, increasing accountability, and working together as a community to set more young people up for success. We have made tremendous progress and now the work to build on our success and expand opportunity for our students continues.”

Budget Oversight Hearing

The Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education will hold a budget oversight hearing on the State Board of Education, Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, and the Office of the Student Advocate at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 in Hearing Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The Committee invites the public to testify or submit written testimony. Those who wish to testify may sign-up online at http://bit.ly/SBOEBudgetHearing or call the Committee on Education at 202-724-8061 by 5 p.m., Monday, March 25. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged to bring 10-15 copies of their written testimony.

Shaping Lives and Minds

Jennifer Lewis, a teacher at Rocketship Legacy Preparatory Public Charter School in Southeast, said being an instructor there has made her more reflective and a better educator.

“I am more intentional in how and what I’m teaching at Rocketship. It has forced me to move out of my comfort zone and has allowed me to grow as an individual,” Lewis said. “I am a 14-year teacher and here I’ve still dealt with failure, but I’ve also seen enormous success and it is very rewarding to know that I am shaping the lives and minds of young people, East of the River in D.C., who are still our future.”

TMA Makes Civil Rights Journey

Students from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast recently spent nine on a “Civil Rights Journey” through the Deep South, where they enjoyed a trip full of learning and exploring.

Their journey began with a welcome by F. King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University.

Throughout the trip, students met with Leona Tate, one of the few girls to integrate New Orleans elementary schools in 1960, charter school leaders and TMA alumni.

They had the opportunity to visit museums, parks, plantations and received a private historic home jazz show. Students also retraced the steps of African Americans who marched from the Alabama River to the center of town where some of their ancestors were auctioned into slavery.

Their journey ended with students exploring the MLK historic site and reflecting on how they will bring their experience back to their community.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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