I'm proud of the support that I've received from across #Ward 6.
All families and community members understand the value of having multiple, high-quality schools in every neighborhood.
Alexander Padro, Commissioner, ANC 6E01, Shaw Main Streets
Joe Weedon is running for re-election to the Ward 6 State Board of Education seat, and I strongly support him. He is a Ward 6 parent of two and has been a great advocate for all of our Ward 6 schools, especially Shaw Middle School. He deeply understands our ward and city-wide education policy issues, while also understanding the specific context and needs of each of our school communities.
Check out the video endorsement here.
Having clear, high-quality pathways to graduation in our communities should be a priority for everyone. We simply can't allow access to a great education be determined by a lottery ticket. I'm deeply frustrated by DCPS' and our city's limited vision for Shaw Middle School and will continue to work with community leaders, the council and our other educational leaders to ensure that we build a great middle school for the Shaw community. I'm proud to work with community leaders, like Alex, on this and other projects to ensure that our city always puts #StudentsFirst.
Jill Cashen, Capitol Hill parent of two Cluster School alumna and Washington Latin PCS students; also pictured Eleanor, 8th grade, Washington Latin PCS
We are proud to support Joe Weedon for State Board of Education because he fights for equity in our public school system. He understands DC families deserve excellent education for all children. Joe is a relentless advocate for cross-sector collaboration and planning between neighborhood, city-wide and charter schools. Our family is passionate about access to quality education for all kids in our community. Joe shares our values and that's why we support him.
Thank you, Jill! We need to continue to strengthen our school systems to ensure equity and that all families have multiple high-quality choices. Moving forward, the work must include strong cross-sector collaboration to ensure that all students are served well and taxpayer dollars are well spent. We must also increase transparency and invest in strong parent, teacher and community engagement.
Sandra Moscoso Mills, Former BASIS DC Parent, Current Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan and School Without Walls Parent
I’m proud to support Joe because he gets the choices families make every day. Preschool through high school, neighborhood or charter school, I know Joe understands what decisions families make when they send their kid to school in DC and supports policy and action that benefit all of our schools.
Thank you, Sandra! Every year, 100% of families in Ward 6 and across DC make a choice on where to send their children to school. That's a powerful part of our system. I want every family to have confidence in multiple, high-quality school options for their children.
Ward 6 schools have some of the longest waitlists in the city. That is something to be proud of - that Ward 6 is building strong charter and DCPS schools.
But it also tells us that we are not doing a good job at ensuring that there are multiple high-quality choices for every child. We need to have a better understanding of what is predominantly driving people to go on these waitlists. We know some of it and the reasons are varied and complicated - from the desire for specialized programs to community networks to aftercare to proximity to home and work to safety.
We should consider ways to replicate popular programs in under-enrolled schools. We still have 20,000 seats open across the city. We should look critically at feeder patterns to make sure we continue programs such as language immersion. And, we should ensure that that there is equity in programs and services across all schools so that every family has multiple high-quality choices.
Cedric Thompson, Uncle at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
Joe Weedon’s leadership on the State Board of Education keeps our children at the center of all decisions whether they attend a DCPS, charter or other school in Ward 6 and across the city. He understands that our schools can only be good when the community invests in them. Join me on November 6 in voting for Joe!
Thank you, Cedric for your support! 100% of families in Ward 6 & across the DC make a choice on where to send their children to school every year. That is part of the fabric of our system and what makes it exciting, at the same time that it can be confusing and inequitable. We need to ensure that choice is truly a choice for all students; that all families have multiple high-quality options and that is what I will continue to work towards every day as your State Board of Education representative.
Thank you, George! Your partnership on a range of issues at Maury and across Ward 6 has been invaluable. We share a passion for ensuring students’ voices are heard and all schools have the resources they need to succeed.
We need to invest more in our schools. Our school budgets are too small, causing schools to have to choose between a librarian and a reading specialist or an arts teacher and a math specialist. Our schools are sorely lacking in technology. And we are not providing the resources needed to meet all student needs. In addition, our at-risk funds -- funds that are supposed to add onto or “supplement” school budgets for students with high needs and are furthest behind -- are being used to back-fill basic operations of schools instead of funding critical supports for students.
So I will continue to fight for the following:
First, we have to make sure that the current at-risk funds follow the child and get to the school where the child attends. And, we need to give school leaders more authority to use the at-risk funding to support their students and meet their goals, not to fill basic school needs; and
Second, we need to increase funding for our basic school budgets so that core needs are met at every school and at the same time we need to increase at-risk funding so that schools with high needs can adequately supplement supports needed for their students.
David Treat, Miner Elementary PTO President (2016-2018)
Joe’s expertise regarding DC’s unique educational landscape has been an invaluable resource to the Miner PTO as we’ve worked to raise Miner’s profile and set our school down the path toward success. His detailed understanding of the issues facing Miner and other Ward 6 schools is greatly appreciated by Miner’s parent leadership and our community.
Thank you, David, for your support! It’s been a pleasure working with the Miner community. Over the past fifteen years working with schools and their communities, I have learned a great deal about the unique strengths and challenges of our schools. But there are some commonalities and the biggest one is that at all of our schools the principal, parents, teachers want the students to have the best possible learning experiences every day full of joy, growth, challenge and support. We have to continue to roll up our sleeves and work together across Ward 6 to invest in all of our schools to make that goal a reality for every child.
Photo credit: KZT Photgraphy
Aurelia, Jay and Jae Brooks. Van Ness Elementary School
We're proud Van Ness Otters and we're excited to support Joe Weedon for our Ward 6 SBOE representative!
Thank you Aurelia, Jay and Jae for your support! Go Otters! I enjoyed working with the Van Ness community when the school was opening. The power of the grassroots, community-based effort to open the school was inspiring. And, I continue to enjoy supporting the school. It's been amazing to watch the school grow and become such a strong community anchor once again.
As we invest in our own schools, we, as parents, have to always consider what is next for our students. I look forward to more conversations with Van Ness families and other families about how we can better connect our elementary, middle and high school communities to deepen understanding about the paths ahead for our children.
Charles Allen, Robert White, & Maurice Cook.
It was an honor to be joined by Charles, Robert and Maurice and to receive their endorsements.
You can watch the video here.
Charles Allen, DC Councilmember, Ward 6
Education is a top priority for our Ward and for me. I know I can count on Joe to be a leader and a partner in building strong public schools for every student in every corner of Ward 6.
Charles, thank you for your support. It's an honor to work in partnership with you to ensure all our Ward 6 schools are strong and that Ward 6 families, wherever they attend school, have access to great schools.
Robert White, DC Councilmember, At-Large
“Joe has been an outspoken leader on equity for our students and the need to close the achievement gap and increase graduation rates. He is a strong advocate for students in Ward 6 and across the city. We continue to need his voice and leadership on the State Board of Education.”
It's my privilege to work with leaders across our city who share a commitment to our city's students. Robert, I'm honored to have your support. Thank you.
Andria Thomas, Ward 6 Parent, Payne Elementary
I'm proud to support Joe Weedon for another term as our SBOE representative for Ward 6. From working with our coalition to improve technology in our schools, to having him join a group of neighbors to answer questions about area middle schools, Joe has always been responsive, deeply knowledgeable, and focused on improvements that benefit all students. We would be lucky to have his guidance on education for another four years.
Thank you, Andria for your support and your leadership in Ward 6 and across DC. I will continue to work with you and other parents to build coalitions across Ward 6 and across the city to work together to address critical issues such as technology, middle schools and more. We are stronger when we work together on solutions that will help all students in all schools have the high-quality learning experiences they deserve.
Suzanne Wells, Parent at Eliot-Hine Middle School
Joe has long been involved with the Ward 6 schools and he's worked hard to support them. Joe believes in lifting up schools rather than closing them.
Education is a social justice issue. When we invite families into our schools, we need to commit that they will be supported and graduate successfully. Families are trusting us and putting their most precious commodity in our hands - in both our charter schools and in our DCPS schools.
Closure is only a last resort. It should never be a part of our planning for a system of public schools for the public good that serve ALL children well. We need urgency in school improvement. We have to fight every day for the best we can offer students. And I commit to continue that fight every day.
Tyler Wilson, AppleTree Lincoln Park Parent, Ward 6 Resident
As a parent of two children in DC public schools, I support Joe Weedon because he shares a commitment to equity and access to high-quality neighborhood schools. Joe is not only highly knowledgeable, but will fight for the right policies for all students - including supporting teachers and administrators - to be successful.
Teachers should be empowered. We know that teacher working conditions are student learning conditions. We need to shift from a punishment mindset to a support and grow mindset. We need clear data around teacher retention and must do more to focus on retaining teachers in high-poverty schools and supporting all teachers through high-quality professional development, coaching, and professional growth opportunities. We must also ensure that the school culture and environment provide a healthy, supportive workplace where teachers can thrive.
Andrea Tucker, parent of 3 students at JO Wilson Elementary, Ward 8 resident, PAVE member
I’m a third generation Washingtonian who attended JO Wilson and grew up in the neighborhood. I live in Ward 8 now, but made the choice to enroll at JO Wilson in 2011 and haven’t looked back (Go Cardinals!). I support Joe Weedon because he has been a staunch advocate for our school and helped me in my former role as PTA president and as an advocate on education issues across the city. It is clear that Joe views all kids in Ward 6 schools -- whether or not their parents live in the Ward -- as his constituents and works hard every day to improve the educational outcomes for ALL of them. That’s why I’m proud to support Joe’s re-election to the DC State Board of Education.
Thank you, Andrea. I have enjoyed working with you and other parents at JO Wilson. Your parent leadership in Ward 6, Ward 8 and across the city is greatly appreciated. We have to continue to support choice for our students so that parents can find the best fit for their children. Continuing the family legacy at JO Wilson is wonderful!
We can succeed when we invest; when we come together. We need to ensure that the policy decisions we make are working on the ground. And when they are not working, communities, parents, and teachers should feel empowered to speak up and advocate for change.
I’m proud to be the voice of parents on the Board and I will continue to build coalitions on the Board and with representatives from across the District and Administration to ensure that policymakers take pro-active stances. And when needed, I will stand up to Council and other education leaders to make sure your voice is heard. Thank you for your support!
Ivan Frishberg, parent of students at Brent Elementary and Jefferson Academy
Joe has been a tremendous ally to parents across Ward 6, focused on substance, results and showing up. When we were working to support Jefferson Academy, he was there for us and has always understood the importance of strengthening our public middle schools.
As a public school parent, I understand the critical role of middle school in a child’s education. Ten years ago I began working with the city on a ward-wide middle school plan. We have seen improvements and Jefferson Academy is a great example with a growing enrollment and a 12% increase in ELA scores this year and a wide range of sports, arts and other programs for students to ensure an enriching learning experience. We still have a long way to go to ensure every neighborhood has a strong middle school. But I will continue to work alongside you and to achieve this goal for every Ward 6 neighborhood.
Wallacetine Taliaferro-Curtis, Native Washingtonian, H Street NE Neighborhood Resident
I am a native Washingtonian who has dedicated my life to building and investing in our community. I believe in Joe! He believes in restoring education and in investing in all schools by putting children first. Run Joe Run!
Thank you, Wallacetine! And thank you for your Ward 6 community leadership as an active grandmother in our public schools and your leadership on the H Street Development Corporation. I will continue to put students first and work for excellent schools for all of our communities.
It’s a basic issue of equity, opportunity and justice that we invest in every kid, every day so that every child has the rich learning experience that they need and deserve.
Markus Batchelor, Ward 8 Representative, D.C. State Board of Education
I’m proud to support my friend and colleague, Joe Weedon, for re-election. Joe has been a steadfast advocate for neighborhood schools and for the resources every student needs to be successful. On the Board, he’s led on issues of equity and has demanded honest answers on behalf of DC families. Joe is an invaluable and needed voice on the D.C. State Board of Education.
Thank you for your endorsement, Markus! It means a lot coming from you, a strong education and community leader. It is an honor to work side-by-side with you to develop policy solutions to help improve schools, supports and outcomes for students in Ward 8 and Ward 6, including those students we share as families access choice across the city.
I’ve also enjoyed working together with you and with our other colleagues on the D.C. State Board of Education, city agencies, and the D.C. Council to enact change and ensure the voices of all of our communities are heard. I am working hard to get re-elected and I know that we can continue to work together on the goals we share for all of our communities, our families and our students.
Betsy Wolf, Ava Millstone, & Grace Hu
Southwest DC moms, former teachers, and advocates for educational equity
We are proud to support Joe Weedon. He understands first-hand the challenges that schools face as well as the structural issues with our education system. We trust him to be an advocate for all Ward 6 children.
I’ve served on local school advisory teams (LSATs) and made the same tough choices that parents and our school leaders across Ward 6 have to make each year. Our schools shouldn’t have to choose between a social worker and a science teacher. We need to simplify the budget process and empower communities to help them meet the goals they have for our students
When we support schools with resources and let parents and educators have a say, students win. Last year, for the first time, Amidon-Bowen had a reading and a math specialist, though only one was funded in the initial budget and the LSAT had to work to get the other position. The school then saw test scores rise showing what's possible when we invest in our students. I will continue to stand with you as we fight for resources and equity across our Ward and our city.
Denise Krepp, Commissioner, ANC 6B10
I support Joe Weedon because he holds DC school leaders accountable for their actions. Joe questioned why the former DCPS Chancellor used his positional power to bend rules. Others stayed silent. Joe is advocating for greater oversight of DCPS by the DC Council while others accept the status quo. Joe's a leader and I encourage folks to re-elect him in November.
Thank you, Denise! While I work with the administration and other education leaders daily, I will continue to be an independent voice on the Board and will not forget that I work our community. We must hold our city's educational leaders accountable for their actions and ensuring that all students have access to multiple, high-quality learning environments.
Maurice Cook, Executive Director and Founder, Serve Your City
Joe is one of the most caring, highly-informed education advocates we have in Washington DC. In my role as a leader for a local, youth-serving nonprofit that focuses on educational equity for Ward 6 students, I fully support and endorse Joe to continue to serve as our Ward 6 representative on the DC State Board of Education.
Maurice, thank you for your support. I've learned greatly from our work together. Every student, regardless of their zip code, should have access to great learning experiences inside as well as outside of school. I will continue to ensure that every decision that I make is based in equity. Every student should have the supports and resources they need to be successful in school and in life.
Lorén Cox, Ward 6 community member, Board member of Chavez Schools
I appreciate that Joe truly uses his experience as a parent and a community member to inform his work on the State Board. He centers his work on uplifting the voices of students and parents to help address the issues that are most important to them. He's a true partner for families in improving schools.
Thank you, Lorén. Parents don't simply want choices, they want great choices. My most important role as your State Board of Education Representative is to listen, learn and then work together toward a collaborative vision of public education in #Ward6 and across the District that puts the interests of students first. I want all schools in our community to be become a part of their neighborhood and be able to provide well-rounded educational opportunities for every child.
I have worked with school leaders who are new to Ward 6 establish partnerships with organizations that support their missions. When Washington Global came to Ward 6, I met with ANC members to ease concerns about routes from the school to the metro and helped Serve Your City form a relationship with the school to ensure students have access to great experiences outside the classroom.
Ayako Sato, Shaw Resident
Shaw is often overlooked by elected officials because we're in Ward 6, but no one thinks of us as really being a part of Ward 6. My State Board of Education representative for Ward 6, Joe Weedon, has not forgotten about Shaw and the unique issues concerning education in this area. He has advocated for the reopening of Shaw Middle School, which is important to many Shaw families who want a great neighborhood middle school option for their kids. He has helped me personally when I found out that our long-time and beloved after school program at our neighborhood school was being shuttered for lack of funding. I will not forget how he has helped me in the past, and that is why I am supporting Joe in his re-election efforts.
Thank you for your support, Ayako. Parents in Shaw want a neighborhood middle school where there is none today. As a DC public school parent, I understand that every family should have high-quality learning choices, including their neighborhood school and a clear pathway to graduation. Ten years ago I began working with the city on a ward-wide middle school plan. While there have been improvements in middle schools across the city, there is more work to do. I have stood and will continue to stand with the Shaw community in advocating for the neighborhood middle school that they want and deserve.
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Public education is meant to help young people develop into active citizens who can participate and contribute to the democratic process and American society.
My vision for education in DC is grounded in what I have heard from parents, community members and students across Ward 6. Whether enrolled in a DCPS or public charter school, I believe:
- Every student should have access to high-quality, well-rounded learning experiences. Students need to be challenged and supported each day in order to graduate high school college and career ready, prepared to engage in civic and social life.
- All schools should have equity of resources and services. Every student should have the supports and resources to be successful in school. These supports and resources must be child-centered, evidenced-based, and reflective of the social-emotional and academic needs of the student.
- Families and communities must be engaged in meaningful ways to actively support and improve the learning, development and health of students.
- Our public education system policies, funding and practices should embrace transparency and accountability, use data-based decision making to drive resources and supports to close the opportunity and achievement gaps.
- We must ensure the health and safety of students in our schools. Children deserve access to safe, clean school facilities that meet instructional needs. We must also ensure safe and reliable transportation options for children across the District.
I am running for re-election because I am committed to closing achievement and opportunity gaps and helping ensure that we have great schools in every neighborhood. Every DC student should have access to multiple high-quality learning environments and the supports that they need to graduate high school college and career ready prepared to engage in civic and social life.
While progress has been made across our school systems, we can’t stop rest on our accomplishments. Parents and community members across Ward 6 are rightly concerned that progress is not fast enough, that gaps have grown, and that we don’t have enough oversight and transparency to ensure that our system works well for every child.
Joe was sworn in as the Ward 6 representative to the State Board of Education on January 2, 2015. As your Ward 6 representative, Joe has worked tirelessly to help move us toward realizing our community’s shared vision for public schools.
I have led, with my colleagues on the State Board, efforts to strengthen policy overseen by the State Board of Education in debates around federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, to strengthen our city’s residency regulations, and to reform our graduation requirements. I have also lent my voice to larger efforts to improve our school systems, including calling for the renovation of outdated facilities, protecting students from the dangers of lead in their drinking water, and for an increased focus on closing the achievement gaps. I have led calls for additional reforms to improve the transparency and accountability of our school systems. And, I have helped problem-solve alongside leaders at the school level.
As your State Board representative I have helped strengthen our public schools by:
Advocating to Close the Equity and Achievement Gaps.
I have long been troubled by our city’s persistent and growing achievement gaps as well as the misuse of our city's "at-risk" funding. While other city leaders were touting our city’s accomplishments, I sought to raise awareness that we are leaving too many behind. I published the following articles District’s achievement gap and How can we close DC’s persistent achievement gap? to draw more attention to these critical issues and have led calls for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to redefine how it classifies “economically disadvantaged” students to ensure more transparency and accountability. I led calls on the Board for an independent investigation into the city's graduation crisis.
Over the past four years, the Board adopted regulations to reform our graduation requirements, allowing for increased credit flexibility and allowing students to test out of requirements in math and world languages. The Board has also empowered students by granting a State Diploma to students who obtain their G.E.D. Working with parents, we have sought to promote equity across our schools, highlighting concerns that the city's At-Risk dollars are not following our students.
Ensuring Public Dollars for DC Residents.
During my 2014 election, I called for the city to improve the regulations governing residency, and I helped lead an effort to update the regulations governing residency verification while ensuring homeless and other vulnerable populations are protected and included in our schools. Our work helps to ensure that District residents have access to available space at local schools, and that when extra space is available, non-resident students are permitted to enroll if they pay non-resident tuition.
Enhancing Accountability Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ESSA created an important opportunity for DC to expand upon our efforts to improve schools, support educators, and share transparent and comparable information about District of Columbia public schools. The plan, adopted by the Board, establishes as common system of school transparency, called the STAR Framework, for all public schools in DC and affirms the important role that school environment factors play in increasing student achievement. Through my service on the Board’s ESSA Taskforce, I have continued to ensure broad community engagement in the Board’s work around ESSA in the development of the District’s State Report Card advocating for additional information on teacher turnover to be included on the District's Report Card.
Improving Transparency and Accountability of our Public School Systems.
The District’s governance system is unique. The mayor names all three major education leaders: the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, the deputy mayor for education and the superintendent of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The mayor also appoints, with the advice and consent of the DC Council, the seven members of the Public Charter School Board. I don’t support ending mayoral control of our school systems; however, I do support other reforms to improve transparency and accountability, including:
The establishment of an independent research collaborative to research priority topics and provide ongoing information about our school systems to policy-makers, helping to inform our decision-making.
Independence for our state educational agency (OSSE). The D.C. Council should consider how to move OSSE out from under the mayor, giving the agency the political independence that state education agencies have in other jurisdictions.
Additionally, I support additional measures to grant the Board the authority we need to effectively do our work, including the ability to initiate policy and regulatory actions and the authority to require other city agency to respond to inquiries for information from the Board.
Ward 6 Values that Get Results
A Champion for Great Schools
& Strong Parent and Community Voice
Called for greater attention on closing our achievement and opportunity gaps so that all Ward 6 students receive a high-quality, well rounded education.
Worked closely with parents to advocate for lead-free drinking water and safe, healthy, modern school buildings.
Ensured student growth is a significant factor in measuring school improvement.
Fought for information on teacher turnover to be included in school report cards.
Voted for a full and transparent investigation into our city’s graduation scandal.
Protected public dollars by voting for stricter residency fraud rules while protecting our city’s vulnerable students.
Joe believes we should have strong schools in every neighborhood.
Joe, lives with his wife, Amy, and children, Malia and William, at 14th and C Streets, NE. For nearly 15 years, Joe has worked in Ward 6 to help our community build great schools in every neighborhood. His years of service means he knows the issues facing our public school systems like few others. As a parent, Joe has faced the same decisions as other parents as they choose the best education for their children.
We invite you to learn more about Joe, his record, and his priorities for the next four years. If you have ideas about how we can strengthen DC public schools, or have questions, please reach out to Joe at email@example.com.
I’m proud of the work that we’ve done together in our Ward 6 community and across the District, but we have more work to do.
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