Thursday, January 10, 2008

DC Schools Rank 51st

On this day in African American history, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861-1865), declared that the recently emancipated African American population in Washington, D.C. should be educated. The African Slave Trade was abolished in Washington, D.C. in 1850, but Slavery in the District was not abolished until April of 1862. This is a moment in Black History...or is it?

Meanwhile, the Editorial Projects in Education recently reported that The District of Columbia Public School system ranks 51st or last in (state rankings) six areas of education performance and policy. Grade = D-

Ethnic Breakdown-Student Population, Washington, D.C.

84% African-American
5% Caucasian
10% Latino/Hispanic
2% Asian-American
1% Native American
1% Other

In response to recent educational rankings, the DC State Board of Education has scheduled a meeting this evening so that students, parents, community members, teachers, school leaders, and education stakeholders can express their concerns and perhaps come up with solutions to a problem that has plagued DCPS for decades.

Who is to blame?

a. Parents

b. School System

c. Teachers

d. The Mayor's office

e. All of the Above

I would like to echo the ancestors by saying that it takes a village. We must all have a hand in the education of our children because in the end, it won't just affect the African American community; inevitably, it will infect all of us.

State Board Meeting:

Time: promptly at 6:00pm

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2008

Address: 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC (located in the Old Council Chambers)

Sources:,,,, and Teach for

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