Every Student Deserves a Great School and I Want Your Vote

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.

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Jessica Sutter
Helping Families Navigate the System

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.

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Jessica Sutter
Endorsed by the Washington Post!

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.

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"Oh! You're the charter school candidate." I'm not.

"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.

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Autumn is a Time for Change

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,



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Jessica Sutter
Why I'm Running

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:

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An Independent Research Consortium

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.”

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Charter Schools

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.

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Jessica Sutter
School Lottery

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. 

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Jessica Sutter