17th Street Festival

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Last month I had the tremendous opportunity to meet voters and interact with students and children from across the District at the 7th Annual 17th Street Festival! Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and I shared a booth at the community street festival I cofounded in 2010 as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

The Festival was founded in 2010 to celebrate the renovation of 17th Street, a necessary neighborhood improvement long-desired by residents and business owners alike. At the time of the street renovation, I represented the northern business portion of 17th Street and was the Dupont Circle ANC’s point person with the District Department of Transportation coordinating construction activity.

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Challenge to My Opponent's Petitions

Today I filed the requisite paperwork to challenge my opponent’s petitions. While it was clear that her team made a concerted effort to collect the 200 valid and verified signatures necessary to appear on the November 8 ballot for Ward 2 State Board of Education Representative, a thorough review of the signatures she submitted revealed that she fell far short of the signatures required.

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On Chancellor Henderson's Departure

Earlier today DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that she will step down from her post in the fall. As component of education reform in the District, the Council instilled in the Mayor and Chancellor the responsibility for operating and improving DC Public Schools. The DC State Board of Education approves educational policies, in cooperation with the Superintendent, for educational standards for DCPS and the District’s robust public charter school sector.

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Orlando

Over the past 30 hours, I’ve struggled greatly with processing the country’s worst domestic terror attack since September 11, 2001. I’m filled with confusion, sorrow, and anger at the sheer magnitude of the atrocity. I’m also filled with love for my brothers and sisters who died and for the other victims whose harrowing acts of bravery we will come to know in the coming days. I have enormous hope for what comes next.

 

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Jacobson 2016 Reports Nearly $13,000 in Contributions

Receives Support from Every Ward, Over 130 Donors

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2016
Contact: John Sonsalla
(202) 378-4673

Washington, DC – The Jacobson 2016 reelection campaign announced today that it has received more than one hundred contributions in the past sixty days, raising nearly $13,000 to date. Jack Jacobson is vying for a second term as the Ward 2 Representative on the District of Columbia State Board of Education, where he currently serves as President.

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On the Passing of Commissioner Feldstein

Dupont Circle lost a vibrant community leader this week with Commissioner Michael Feldstein’s passing following an extended illness. I served two terms on the Dupont Circle ANC with Mike, who was an effective and likable Vice President.

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Joint Letter on Garrison Modernization

Today, State Board of Education Members Laura Wilson Phelan (Ward 1), Joe Weedon (Ward 6) and I sent the following letter to Education Committee Chairman David Grosso (At-Large), asking for clarification on the modernization of Garrison Elementary School, which serves students throughout the District, and primarily in Wards 1, 2, and 6:

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Support Arts Education & Fillmore

Long-term investment in our educational programs is critical to their ongoing success. In DC, we have an opportunity to continue our investment in an successful arts and music program at Fillmore Arts Center that has long filled the lack of exposure of there arts at various schools in the system. Chancellor Henderson’s budget for the 2016-17 school year eliminates vital funding for this resource school that serves 1,700 students at five elementary schools, two located in Ward 2: Ross Elementary School and Hyde-Addison Elementary School. Fillmore also serves Marie Reed in Ward 1 and Stoddert and Key in Ward 3.

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Join Me Thursday Evening

Friends,

I hope you will join me Thursday evening for a reception launching my reelection to the State Board of Education. With your support, I look forward to continuing to work every day toward making Ward 2 and the entire District a better place for student to learn, teachers to teach, and families to grow.

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BASIS DC Honor Society Keynote Address

Today Jack Jacobson gave the keynote address as BASIS DC Public Charter School at the ceremony inducting new BASIS students into the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society. Following are his prepared remarks.

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