DFER-DC Announces Endorsements for November State Board of Education and Council Races
October 25, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Democrats for Education Reform Announces Endorsements for November State Board of Education and Council Races
Candidates Demonstrate Commitment to Advancing Educational Equity and Opportunity
Washington, DC — Today, the Democrats for Education Reform District of Columbia chapter (DFER-DC) announced its endorsement of four D.C. State Board of Education candidates who seek election on November 8th. The organization endorses Jack Jacobson (Ward 2), Lannette Woodruff (Ward 4), Karen Williams (Ward 7), and Tierra Jolly (Ward 8). In addition, the organization backs Independent candidate David Grosso (At-Large) for the minority party seat on the Council. DC candidates Brandon Todd (Ward 4) and Vincent Gray (Ward 7), backed by the organization in the June primary, advance to the general election.
“We are excited to back candidates who share our vision and commitment to providing a high-quality education to every child in the District, regardless of race or income. These candidates put kids over politics — and that’s exactly what we need from our elected officials,” said Catharine Bellinger, State Director of DFER DC.
Jacobson, Williams, and Jolly all seek re-election to the State Board of Education after successful terms of service, where the three collaborated with other board members to implement high school credit flexibility regulations and to adopt a policy to allow GED recipients to receive a state diploma, opening the doors to improved job prospects.
Woodruff, a first-time candidate, seeks to fill the seat vacated by Kamili Anderson. Said Bellinger, “Lannette Woodruff exemplifies DFER DC’s values — serving all kids, empowering families, and supporting schools and educators. As a parent of children in both the DCPS and charter sectors, she understands the importance of high expectations, strong academic programs, transparency, and accountability across both sectors. A career educator and public education advocate, Woodruff will bring both experience and fresh energy to the State Board of Education.”
In the At-Large race for the set-aside minority party seat, DFER seeks to re-elect progressive Independent candidate David Grosso, who has championed equity, quality, transparency, and accountability as Education Committee Chairman on the Council.
“DFER has been impressed by Councilmember Grosso’s deep knowledge of public education policy and his commitment to the students of the District of Columbia,” said Bellinger. “On the Council, he has been a vocal supporter of reforms that benefit students, such as the Common Core academic standards, high-quality public charter schools, and equitable facilities funding within DCPS. He has been a thoughtful and collaborative partner to the city’s education leaders, and has pushed to accelerate education reforms that close the achievement gap. We look forward to his continued leadership on the council as an advocate for all children in the District.”
Contact: Catharine Bellinger
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