Jacobson Lauds District ESEA Waiver

State Board of Education President Jack Jacobson (Ward 2) commented today on the U.S. Department of Education's announcement that the District of Columbia had received a waiver from the onerous rules of the federal government's "No Child Left Behind" law. The District, along with seven other states, submitted state accountability plans that were accepted by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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Jacobson Testifies at Roundtable on PERAA

State Board of Education President Jack Jacobson today delivered the State Board's testimony before the Council's Committee on Education on a DC Auditor report, "Summative Evaluation of Public Schools in the District of Columbia as Required by the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007." The Council held the hearing to get input from the public and government witnesses on what has improved since PERAA was enacted, and changes that may be necessary to support improved outcomes for District students.

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Jacobson, Smith Testify on FY16 Budget

Today State Board of Education President Jack Jacobson (Ward 2) and the Ombudsman for Public Education, Joyanna Smith, testified before the Council Committee on Education regarding the fiscal year 2016 budget for the State Board. They were joined by State Board Vice President Karen Williams (Ward 7). Their prepared testimony follows.

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Jacobson Named to Augustana College "Forward Under 40"

DC State Board of Education President and Hogan Lovells policy analyst Jack Jacobson (Ward 2) was recognized as one of Augustana College's "Forward Under 40" leading young professionals. Jacobson attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from September 1996 to May 2000, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Affairs and a minor in Economics.

"My education at Augie was incredibly rigorous and helped prepare me for the challenges ahead of me in ways I couldn't even fathom at the time," said Jacobson. "In addition, I had the opportunity to participate in theater, a study abroad, and internships that allowed me to personalize my college experience. I would not be the man I am today without the opportunities afforded to me by the wonderful professors and staff at Augie."

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Williams, Jacobson Support Confirmation of Superintendent Kang

Today State Board of Education Vice President Karen Williams (Ward 7) testified before the DC Council Committee on Education in support of confirmation of Acting Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang. Williams provided testimony for both herself and State Board of Education President Jack Jacobson (Ward 2), who was unable to attend Kang's confirmation hearing. Their prepared testimony is included below.

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Jacobson Appointed to Education Commission of the States

State Board of Education President Jack Jacobson has been appointed to a two-year term as a commissioner to the Education Commission of the States. Jacobson will join governors, state legislators, chief education officers, and other thought leaders from around the country who serve on this prestigious body.

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Jacobson Attends Discussion of DCPS Capital Improvement Plan

Today, State Board of Education President and Ward 2 Representative Jack Jacobson attending a community discussion of DC Public Schools' (DCPS) Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2015-2020. The discussion, convened by the 21st Century School Fund, previewed DCPS's next six years of facilities investments.

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Jacobson Attends Ward 2 Briefing on School Budgets

Today State Board of Education President and Ward 2 Representative Jack Jacobson attending a Ward 2 Education Network-hosted briefing on school-by-school budgets and advocacy. The briefing was presented by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and attended by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (At-Large), ANC Commissioners, parents, and community members.

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Washington Blade - Gay Man Elected President of DC School Board

by Lou Chibbaro Jr.

Dupont Circle education advocate and former ANC commissioner Jack Jacobson won election on Wednesday as president of the D.C. State Board of Education, becoming the city’s highest-ranking openly gay elected official.

Jack Jacobson, gay news, Washington Blade

 

 Jacobson won election in 2012 as the school board’s Ward 2 representative. On Wednesday, his colleagues on the nine-member board voted 6-2 to elect him president.

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Jacobson Elected President of the Board

Earning a supermajority of votes from his colleagues, Jack Jacobson was elected President of the DC State Board of Education. He takes the reins from Mark Jones (Ward 5), who served as President in 2014.

"I am humbled to have the support of my colleagues as we work together to address the educational challenges facing the District's students and families," said Jacobson. "I intend to increase transparency on the Board and ensure equitable treatment of students and teachers, no matter the public school they're in."

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