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Batchelor Appointed to State Board Committee Chairmanship

January 22, 2017


WASHINGTON, DC -- At January 18th's monthly public meeting, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) voted to formally adopt a structure for upcoming policy, governance, and engagement committees to help achieve the goals of increasing equity and academic excellence in the District’s schools.

Markus Batchelor, Ward 8's representative on the Board, was appointed Chair of the new Public Engagement and Outreach Committee. 

This new committee is tasked with ensuring that all voices are heard on key education policy issues. Priorities will include developing a community engagement strategy that includes diverse stakeholders and expanding the breadth of participation at SBOE community meetings, forums, and roundtables around the District.

"I'm humbled and honored that my colleagues have trusted me to serve as chair of this committee", said Batchelor. "The board has set ambitious goals in our strategic plan to more effectively engage education stakeholders in all sections of the city. I am excited to lead this work over the next 2 years". 

Board members Jack Jacobson (Ward 2), Laura Wilson-Phelan (Ward 1) and Karen Williams (President, Ward 7) join Batchelor as members. 

Markus Batchelor, 23, is a native Washingtonian and youth advocate, focused on equity and ensuring we close the opportunity gap. He was sworn in on January 2, 2017 as the youngest-ever elected member of the State Board of Education, where he represents the residents of Ward 8. Previously, he served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, representing District 8C04, which includes parts of Congress Heights and Washington Highlands. 

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