Students Have the Right to Learn African American Studies Fully and Unfiltered

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For Immediate Release Contact:

Victoria Fosdal

victoria@dfer.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2023) — In response to the release of the official curriculum for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) course in African American Studies, Jessica Giles, Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.), released the following statement:

“The College Board’s decision to water down AP African American Studies is shameful,” said DFER D.C. Executive Director Jessica Giles. 

“Black people are trans, queer, and non-binary/non-conforming. The erasure of Black identity is racist. Every person on this earth has intersecting identities, which shape our lived experiences. 

“Upwards of 26 million people in nearly 550 places protested police brutality in 2020, making Black Lives Matter (BLM) the largest movement in U.S. history. To remove BLM’s contributions from the story of African American life and struggle is negligent. 

“Lastly, wealth and resource extraction is a central part of the Black American experience, making the case for reparations an essential lesson for students. 

“Students have the right to learn about African American stories, history, culture, and contributions, fully and unfiltered. 63% of students in Washington, D.C., are Black/African American and D.C. public schools are currently offering this course to students. 

“The District must protect African American studies and improve college access and completion for students, including, but not limited to, increasing transparency in AP data, improving AP exam passage rates, and strengthening teacher preparation.”  

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.

Visit www.dferdc.org for more information.

2022 DC General Election Press Statement

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For Immediate Release Contact:

Policy and Communications Manager Joshua Hodge

jhodge@dfer.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 11, 2022) — Jessica Giles, State Director of Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER D.C.), released the following statement after unofficial results from the November General Election:

“With students experiencing unprecedented missed learning and the scourge of gun violence impacting our youth at an all-time high, we need leaders who can get us through this storm – and help us come out of it stronger,” said DFER D.C. State Director Jessica Giles. 

“We congratulate DFER D.C. supported education champions: Muriel Bowser, Phil Mendelson, Oye Owolewa, Anita Bonds, Kenyan McDuffie, Eric Goulet, and Brandon Best.

“Additionally, we congratulate all other candidates for winning their races:

  • Delegate of the U.S. House of Representatives from D.C: Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Attorney General of D.C.: Brain Schwalb
  • Ward 1 D.C. Council: Brianne K. Nadeau 
  • Ward 3 D.C. Council: Matthew Frumin 
  • Ward 5 D.C. Council: Zachary Parker
  • Ward 6 D.C. Council: Charles Allen 
  • Ward 1 State Board of Education: Ben Williams 
  • Ward 5 State Board of Education: Robert Henderson

“As we move forward, we look forward to working collaboratively with all elected officials to ensure the District advances policies that are just and equitable for all students, teachers, and families.”

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.

Visit www.dferdc.org for more information.

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.