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.
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.
Help us ensure multiple high-quality 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.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Joe was sworn in as the Ward 6 representative to the State Board of Education on January 2, 2015 and is seeking re-election this November. He is a parent and community leader committed to improving public schools for all students.
Amy, Malia, William and I live at 14th and C Streets, NE. For nearly 15 years, I have worked with our Ward 6 school leaders, educators, parents and students to understand challenges we face, celebrate successes and problem-solve at the school level. My years of service mean I know the issues facing our public school systems like few others. And, as a parent, I have faced the same decisions as other parents as we choose the best education for our children.
Joe isn’t running to get involved in our community. He is running because he has been involved in our community and brings a deep understanding and commitment to Ward 6 to the State Board of Education.
Outside of my work on the Board, I am active in our community volunteering at my kids’ schools and as a coach with Capitol Hill Little League. I have served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting our neighborhood’s students, including Jenkins Hill Child Development Center, the Hill Preschool, and Serve Your City. I regularly volunteer at Eliot-Hine Middle School and Eastern High School leading the schools’ Rocketry Clubs. I also serve as a mentor, leading professional development workshops, to help Eastern students prepare for -- and succeed in -- internship opportunities. My children will both attend Eliot-Hine Middle School in the fall where I am active on the PTO and School Improvement Team (SIT). I also serve on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) at Eastern High School and have previously served on PTAs, SITs, and LSATs for other schools in the community.
Joe was elected in 2014 and was sworn in as the Ward 6 representative to the State Board of Education on January 2, 2015. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in education and criminal justice policy and community organizing experience to the position.
My involvement in our Ward 6 schools began when I attended a 2004 meeting where DCPS leaders proposed the closure of Maury Elementary, my neighborhood elementary school. I worked with other community leaders to mobilize support to keep the school open and, ultimately, my wife and I made the choice to enroll Malia and William at Maury. Since that time, I have worked hand-in-hand with parents from across Ward 6 to help solve the challenges that our individual schools have faced. I have testified before the Council to help ensure that we have experienced, high-quality teachers in every classroom; to ensure each student has access to library books, computers and other resources they need; and to move school modernization and stabilization projects forward with the community’s voice at the table. I have long been an outspoken advocate for efforts to close the District’s achievement gaps and am committed to ensuring that every student has multiple options to receive the rich, well-rounded education that they deserve.
My professional experience adds to my ability to broker agreements and promote solutions at the State Board table as well as in making connections for school communities trying to solve problems. I began my career in the District nearly two decades ago as a legislative aid in the Illinois Governor’s Washington, DC office where I supported the state’s goals on education and criminal justice issues. After several years of working on national policy related to criminal justice, including efforts to end the death penalty, I returned to education policy supporting state campaigns across the nation to expand childcare and early education. During this time, I helped “win” millions of dollars to expand early learning opportunities across the nation and was deeply engaged in helping to establish the District’s Pre-K for All program.
I currently serve as the Executive Director of Companies for Causes, a non-profit organization working to engage socially-minded CEOs of closely held small and mid-sized companies to make a collective impact on our community. In this role, I have helped engage for-profit businesses in our city’s schools, both DCPS and public charter schools, and supported the establishment of new organizations designed to combat challenges facing our communities.
Prior to my election to the State Board, I also served on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Title I Committee of Practitioners and helped to establish Serve Your City, which supports after school programming for students across our city.
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I earned a Masters degree in political science from Illinois and an MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park.
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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