I'm proud of my endorsement from the Washington Post. I have experience in the classroom and in policy, helping families navigate the system and find the right DCPS or public charter school. I plan to represent every student in Ward 6, regardless of where they go to school, and every school in Ward 6, regardless where their students come from.Read More
“Oh, you’re the charter school candidate.” Not really. I believe in great schools and the right schools for every student. Allow me to explain.Read More
I was honored to receive the Washington Post's endorsement, and I was particularly glad to see them say that my interest in helping families navigate the city's education system as part of the reason they chose me. I've worked with schools and families to help students find the right school for them—DCPS or charter—when the school they were in was closed.Read More
This is still pretty exciting! Last week, the Washington Post endorsed me to be the next DC State Board of Education representative for Ward 6. I am incredibly honored and grateful for the support of the Washington Post. As someone who has worked in education as a teacher and policy expert for 17 years, I believe that I am the “excellent education” candidate that Ward 6 deserves.Read More
"Oh! You're the charter school candidate."
That was my greeting at a door in Ward 6 this weekend. That’s how my opponent has characterized me, but it’s not accurate, and I was glad that this voter was interested in asking me about my vision for DC education, my policy positions, and my charter school experience. Because I’m not driven by education doctrine—I’m driven by helping students succeed. I think that’s why the Washington Post endorsed me for the State Board of Education.Read More
Yesterday, DCPS announced the opening of a new school in the 2019-20 school year. Bard Early College High School will operate a new selective admissions program to be located in the East End of the District, in either Ward 7 or 8.Read More
Autumn is a season of change. It has always been my favorite season. When I entered the race for the State Board of Education in March, it wasn’t clear that I would be the challenger. At the time, my opponent had not decided whether he would run again. After he announced his campaign for re-election in May and I became the challenger, I continued to run on the need for experienced educators to serve on the SBOE,
Any candidate challenging an incumbent gets the question: “Why you and not the other guy?” I respond with three ways in which I am a fundamentally different choice from my opponent.Read More
As I spent the summer knocking doors around Ward 6, I’ve been asked a lot why I’m running for office. It’s a fair question, with a simple answer:Read More
As an education researcher, I value and respect the role education research can play in shaping policy decisions. I wholeheartedly support the creation of an independent research consortium to study education in the District of Columbia. However, I do not believe it belongs in the Office of the DC Auditor (ODCA), even for an “incubation period.”Read More
I believe in a strong mix of public charter and traditional public school options for families. I think that the introduction of charter schools in DC over the last decade has helped grow the numbers of families who have chosen to enroll their children in public schools in the District.
Last week was #charterschoolsweek, and while there were many wonderful pieces of news about excellent charter schools in DC, there were also several stories of less successful charters.Read More
After a troubling article came out regarding enrollment fraud, I had a few thoughts I wanted to share:Read More
My School DC (MSDC) has started to release data and analysis from the 2018 school application lottery. The data show that Ward 6 has some of the public schools in highest demand in the city. According to MSDC the match rate in the lottery for all schools, DCPS and charters, was 64 percent. This is the lowest match rate since the unified lottery started in 2015. Ward 6 had only a 57 percent match rate. For Ward 6 families, this can mean disappointment. The low match rate suggests that families do not have meaningful choice about their children’s schools.Read More