Candidate Forum in LeDroit Park

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.

WHEN
October 27, 2014 at 7pm
WHERE
Basement of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church
623 Florida Avenue NW (enter at the back)
Washington, DC 
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CONTACT
Jon Steingart · jon@simpsonforschools.org
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Early Voting - Now through Nov. 1

If you can't make it to the poll on Election Day, you can vote early at the Board of Elections office or at the early voting location in Ward One on the dates listed below. If neither of these locations is convenient, click here for a list of early voting locations throughout the city.

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Board of Elections Office - One Judiciary Square

441 4th Street NW - in the Old City Council Chambers (use D Street entrance)

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Hours
Open Oct 20 - Nov 01 (closed Sunday)
8:30am - 7:00pm Daily

Closest Metro Stop: Judiciary Square
Parking: Street parking

Columbia Heights Community Center

1480 Girard Street NW - in the gymnasium
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Hours
Open Oct 25 - Nov 01 (closed Sunday)
8:30am - 7:00pm Daily

Closest Metro Stop: Columbia Heights
Parking: Street parking

 

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Ward One Town Hall

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.

WHEN
October 22, 2014 at 7pm - 8pm
WHERE
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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CONTACT
Jon Steingart · jon@simpsonforschools.org
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Join Us!

Our team is out constantly. Join us!

Canvassing

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Hanging Signs

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Phonebanking

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Envelope Stuffing

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Delivering Literature and Yard Signs

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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.

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14th and U Meet and Greet on Tuesday!

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

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8 Weeks Away!!

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
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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.  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
If you're on one of these social networks, you can find campaign updates, photos, and other interesting items in our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Check out some of our latest posts, and share them with your followers.

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Simpson to Testify in Support of Science Equity at State Board of Education Meeting

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.  

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Metro Weekly: Simpson Earns Victory Fund Nod

From John Riley's story.

The Victory Fund heaped praise on its chosen candidate in a press release. 

“Scott Simpson has been a passionate advocate for District schools and understands the challenges they face,” Chuck Wolfe, the president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said in a statement. “He brings the experience and dedication necessary to help the District of Columbia Public Schools deliver a more quality education that the children deserve.”

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LeDroit Park and Shaw Meet and Greet on Tuesday

RSVP for the LeDroit Park / Shaw Neighborhood Meet and Greet on Tuesday, July 29th at Uprising Muffin Company

Hosted by (organizational affiliations noted for identification purposes only):

  • Alice Speck, schools advocate
  • Martín Garcia, vice president for legislative & political affairs of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club
  • Brian Footer, secretary of the LeDroit Park Civic Association
  • Donnie Simpson Jr., Owner of Uprising Muffin Company

Click here to RSVP.

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First Major Endorsement Goes to Scott Simpson!

We got a big boost for our campaign today by earning the first major endorsement of the race!  After a thorough analysis of my qualifications and campaign, the Gay and  Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed me to represent Ward One on the State VF_Endorsement.pngBoard of Education. 

The Victory Fund endorsement is a seal of approval, assuring supporters that I'm ready and able to effectively serve our students and that we're running an efficient, voter-focused campaign to get there. 

But we can't do it without your help. There are several other candidates in the race and every dollar and every volunteer-hour counts to get the word out through door knocking, direct mail, and dialing. 

Please donate, volunteer, or tell our network about our campaign to increase access to a quality education for all students, regardless of their life circumstances.

Click below to read the announcement from the Victory Fund.

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