Our campaign for State Board of Education has just made history! According to Bawza Newspaper, a leading news source for the Ethiopian-American community, ours is the first American campaign on record to ever use Amharic to court voters. First ever.
That's making a little bit of history and we're proud of it. Ward One is the most diverse part of our city and including Spanish, English, and Amharic in our phone banks, posters, and mailers is an important acknowledgement of that diversity.
Click here to read the story!
People from across Ward One are stepping up their support for our campaign ahead of the election. Meet just a few of our supporters:
Beverley, a mother and lifelong educator from Columbia Heights
Vanessa, a mother of three & language immersion advocate from the U Street area
Bree, a first time voter from Columbia Heights
Dick, a longtime Ward One voter from LeDroit Park
Ian, a disability rights activist from Columbia Heights
Sultan, a youth advocate from Shaw
Chris, a DC-area high school teacher and youth advocate
Laura, a mother of three DCPS students from Columbia Heights
Jack Jacobson, Member of State Board of Education representing Ward Two
It's vitally important that the State Board of Education have an engaged, responsive, and thoughtful education advocate like Scott. I've worked with Scott for years and know that he understands that in order to improve education for all families, we need to improve neighborhood schools and empower communities to take an active role in our education system. Scott will be an effective and collaborative partner on the State Board is a leader that Ward One families can depend on. He will make a great addition to the SBOE and I'm proud to support him.
Beverley Wheeler, former Executive Director of the State Board of Education, Columbia Heights resident, and chair of Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools
Scott is exactly the advocate our city needs on the State Board of Education. He has energy, vision, and substance. He genuinely cares about improving neighborhood schools and understands the role of the SBOE. I am the chair of this campaign because we must move forward together and bridge the diverse communities of Ward One; Scott Simpson can be that convener.
David Mariner, Executive Director of the DC Center (located in Ward One)
Scott's a committed advocate who has been contributing to our community for over a decade. He understands that in order to improve schools, our city must take the experiences of all students into account regardless of their zip code, race, disability status, income, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Scott has the potential to be a strong force on behalf of all students in Ward One.
Todd Peterson, former chair of Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League's (SMYAL's) Board of Directors
If anyone is committed to ensuring that all students have access to a quality public education in DC, it's Scott Simpson. Scott has demonstrated his commitment the LGBT community for over a decade and we should support him as he takes his public service to the next level. He is a passionate organizer that cares deeply about ensuring the best future for not just LGBT students, but for all young people. Scott's ready to lead and Ward One students and parents will benefit greatly from having him as an advocate on the State Board of Education.
Wade Henderson, native Washingtonian and President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
As a native Washingtonian, I’m honored to have played a part in helping to make it the diverse community it’s become. Having grown up in racially segregated Washington, I’m pleased to note that times, indeed, have changed for the better; and I’m even more pleased to have had a part in helping to make it happen. But while times have changed, our commitment to equality, fairness and to a quality public education for all must never change!
Scott Simpson embodies that commitment. He has proven to have the substance, skills, and vision to help our schools meet their challenge of providing a quality education to every student. Scott will be a smart, principled, and pragmatic advocate for students and their parents. He’ll respect the needs of businesses seeking an educated workforce. He can raise the bar for the work of the State Board of Education.
I’m proud that Scott comes from the tradition set by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and if Scott Simpson is Ward One's best choice for a public servant of substance and skill on the State Board of Education.
Come join your neighbors at a forum featuring Scott Simpson and other candidates to represent Ward One on the State Board of Education. Scott is a professional civil rights advocate and and the only candidate who is ready to fight for an inclusive education agenda to ensure that our city's youth don't get left behind.
This is a free event, and no RSVP is necessary. All are welcome!
Thanks to LeDroit Park Civic Association and Pleasant Plains Civic Association for hosting this forum.
Google map and directions
If you can't make it to the poll on Election Day, you can vote early at the Columbia Heights Community Center or at the Board of Elections office on the dates listed below. If neither of these locations is convenient, click here for a list of early voting locations throughout the city.
Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street NW - in the gymnasium
Open Oct 25 - Nov 01 (closed Sunday)
8:30am - 7:00pm Daily
Closest Metro Stop: Columbia Heights
Parking: Street parking
Board of Elections Office -
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street NW - in the Old City Council Chambers
Open Oct 20 - Nov 01 (closed Sunday)
8:30am - 7:00pm Daily
Closest Metro Stop: Judiciary Square
Parking: Street parking
Come join your neighbors at a town hall featuring Scott Simpson and other candidates to represent Ward One on the State Board of Education. Scott is a professional civil rights advocate and and the only candidate who is ready to fight for an inclusive education agenda to ensure that our city's youth don't get left behind.
After the State Board of Education forum, candidates for attorney general will take the stage. This is a free event, and no RSVP is necessary. All are welcome!
Thanks to the Ward One Democrats for hosting this town hall.
2000 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Google map and directions
Our team is out constantly. Join us!
Delivering Literature and Yard Signs
Every volunteer hour brings us even closer to advancing an inclusive education agenda so our youth don't get left behind. Be a part of it.
RSVP to the 14th and U Neighborhood Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 16th at the Union Row Apartments!
Come join your 14th and U neighbors at a meet and greet for Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools. Scott is a professional civil rights advocate and candidate to represent Ward One on DC's State Board of Education. Come meet your neighbors and learn more about his campaign to improve our schools. Click here to RSVP.
We're officially 8 weeks away from Election Day. Here are five ways to plug in:
Tonight: Join us at a Community Reception & Fundraiser in Columbia Heights
Come join us at for a reception and fundraiser for the campaign tonight at the home of Morgan Corr! Hosts also include Jack Jacobson, Justin Friedman, Joey Wasserman, and Dianne Piche'. If you'd like to attend, click here.
Saturday: Calling All Simpson for Schools Supporters and Stakeholders!
On Saturday at 12:45, we'll have our big supporter and stakeholder briefing. This is THE event to learn more about the campaign, how to plug in to our voter outreach efforts, and take a deeper dive into our platform for a more equitable school system in DC. We've rented the conference room of the DC Center in the Reeves Building at 14th and U Street NW (picture ID is required to enter building). Reply to this Email to join us!
Sunday: Join Us at Adams Morgan Day!
Just last night, the team was out posting our signs up and down 18th Street in advance of Adams Morgan Day on Sunday. Come by our table and say hello or reply to this email to help us staff the table and spread the word.
Tuesday: 14th and U Meet and Greet!
Save the date for Tuesday, September 16th for a 14th and U meet and greet at the Union Row apartments! RSVP to Jon@simpsonforschools.org for more information.
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Tonight, Scott will testify at the State Board of Education meeting in support of greater equity in science education for girls, low-income students, and students of color. His testimony will come as the State Board considers amendments to the city's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that will change when schools will be accountable for teaching more rigorous science standards that were adopted last year.
Scott likens the need to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to the discriminatory practice of permanent tracking, which was outlawed in D.C. in the case of Hobson v. Hansen 47 years ago.
From the testimony:
"While that overt system of permanent tracking was abolished in the 60’s, today, there is a de facto tracking system across the country at almost every juncture in the educational pipeline that denies girls, students of color, and low-income students the chance to thrive in the STEM fields.
By the age of 24, only 2% of Latinos and 3% of African Americans will have degrees in the natural sciences or engineering. Women are now the majority of college students, but only 20% of the degree recipients in fields like computer science and engineering.
So last year, when the State Board adopted the more rigorous Next Generation Science Standards and included them in our accountability system, it issued a major challenge to our city to close this gap locally.
Meeting this challenge will not be easy or quick. It will take the commitment of all stakeholders to implement, fund, and support the work of teachers in preparing our students to thrive."
A PDF of the testimony is linked here and the entirety of it is posted below.Read more