DFER DC Endorses Brandon Best for the State Board of Education 

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Brandon is the Best candidate!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:

Joshua Hodge
jhodge@dfer.org 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2022) – Today, Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.) announced its endorsement of Brandon Best, a candidate for the Ward 6 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. The general election is on November 8, 2022.

“Brandon Best is a second-generation Washingtonian with 18 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. When elected, he will continue to deliver powerfully for students and families in ward six and across the District of Columbia,” said DFER D.C. State Director Jessica Giles.

“Brandon has a strong record of serving students and families in the District. He organized a series of student-led Safe Passage Community Conversations with DC schools. He set aside emergency funds to provide food and supplies during the COVID pandemic. He created parent curriculum guides and launched family engagement labs. 

“Brandon is committed to developing innovative solutions and advancing best practices to solve myriad education challenges here in the District. He will work to ensure students get safely to and from school, have state-of-the-art school facilities, and have joyful learning experiences that prepare them for life after high school.

“Simply put, Brandon is the Best candidate for the Ward 6 seat on the DC State Board of Education.”

About DFER D.C.

DFER D.C. is dedicated to eliminating racial inequity and discrimination in the D.C. public education system by supporting leaders who champion student-centered policies.

DFER DC Endorses Carisa Stanley Beatty for the State Board of Education

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Carisa is the ward five education champion we need in office!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:

Joshua Hodge
jhodge@dfer.org 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2022) – Today, Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.) announced its endorsement of Carisa Stanley Beatty, a candidate for the Ward 5 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. The general election is on November 8, 2022.

“As the only native Washingtonian and Black mother running for the Ward 5 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education, Carisa Stanley Beatty is an equity champion that will fight for all families to have a seat at the table,” said DFER D.C. State Director Jessica Giles. 

“Carisa Stanley Beatty knows every student needs a safe and secure place to live, play, and learn. She has a track record of creating affordable opportunities for families to own their home in the District of Columbia. She created D.C. Open Doors, which provides financial assistance to those seeking to own their home, and the HomeSaver Program, which prevents homes from going into foreclosure. When elected, she will work to improve safe passage to and from school.

“Carisa is laser-focused on educational equity. She will work to enhance social-emotional supports, increase out-of-school time programming, and ensure all students are ready to enter into high-demand, well-paid careers. 

“Carisa will put ward five students and families first and fight for them daily. She is the ward five education champion we need in office.”

About DFER D.C.

DFER D.C. is dedicated to eliminating racial inequity and discrimination in the D.C. public education system by supporting leaders who champion student-centered policies.

DFER D.C. Congratulates Rep. Oye Owolewa on Reelection

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 

Joshua Hodge

jhodge@dfer.org

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2022) — Following the reported results for the U.S. Representative race in the D.C. Democratic Primary on June 21, 2022, Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.) State Director, Jessica Giles, released the following statement:

“We are proud to congratulate Representative Oye Owolewa on winning the D.C. Democratic Primary. Rep. Owolewa is a champion for D.C. statehood, a passionate advocate for our students and families, and a dedicated community servant. I am confident he will continue to fight for all of our civil rights and human rights.” 

Read DFER D.C.’s full endorsements of Rep. Owolewa at www.dferdc.org

About DFER D.C.

DFER D.C. is dedicated to eliminating racial inequity and discrimination in the D.C. public education system by supporting leaders who champion student-centered policies.

DFER D.C. Condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 

Joshua Hodge

jhodge@dfer.org

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2022) — Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.) State Director Jessica Giles released the following statement about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade:

“We are outraged by this decision,” said Giles. “It jeopardizes countless lives as states across the country are moving to ban abortion. Millions of people will no longer have access to basic health care & reproductive health care.”

“We call on the Mayor and the D.C. Council to enact legislation that will further protect individuals asserting their reproductive rights in the District of Columbia. We urge Congress to codify the right to abortion in federal law and immediately pass H.R.51, the “Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Because the District does not have statehood, Congress must act quickly to protect our residents from meddling Republicans who would seek to ban abortion in D.C.”

“As Pro-choice Democrats, we will always fight for the right for every person to choose to: reproduce, use contraception, marry the person they love, and educate their child at the school of their choice.”

About DFER D.C.

DFER D.C. is dedicated to eliminating racial inequity and discrimination in the D.C. public education system by supporting leaders who champion student-centered policies.