The Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced on Aug. 30 that the U.S. Department of Education has approved D.C.’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, which focuses on the continued progress of all students and accelerating growth for the students who are furthest behind.

“We are pleased that the Department of Education has approved D.C.’s state plan,” said State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang. “The plan is guided by our commitment to providing equitable access to high quality education for all students and flexibility for our schools to meet the unique needs of all students.”

SBOE Honors Council Member

The D.C. State Board of Education congratulated former D.C. Council member Mary Lord for her reception of the 2017 National Association of State Boards of Education Distinguished Service Award.

Lord, a longtime Dupont Circle resident, served on the D.C. State Board of Education for nine years from its inception in 2007 through 2016. She was given the award in recognition of her contributions to education.

“Mary Lord has been a leader in the D.C. education sphere for over a decade,” said board President Karen Williams. “Her dedication to STEM education in the city has ensured that students have access to stimulating educational experiences. Her service on the NASBE Board provided a direct link for the students of the District into national education policy debates.”

Charter Schools Back DACA Students

“We stand with all students protected by #DACA. Ending this program is cruel. Congress must act before many deserving young people are deported,” said Scott Pearson, executive director of D.C. Public Charter Schools.

Instagram Takeover

D.C.’s public charter schools recently hosted a “#Back2YourFutureDC” Instagram Takeover to recognize all back-to-school activities.

Each day, since school began this term, a D.C. Public Charter School was given creative control of the school system’s Instagram account to post photos and videos.

Jahari, a fourth-grader at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School in Southeast, expressed excitement at taking over the schools’ Instagram account on her first day back to school.

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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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