February 16, 2019

On February 12, 2019, Representative Batchelor appeared before a joint hearing of the DC Council's Committee of the Whole and Education Committee to discuss Ward 8's hopes and vision for the next Chancellor of DC Public Schools. The Council is preparing to consider the...

February 5, 2019

D.C. has gained national recognition for its above-average teaching salaries. From 2016-2017, the average D.C. public school teacher earned just over $76,400.

But, at the District’s charter schools, the average salary is about sixteen thousand dollars less.

So, what is c...

December 10, 2018

Representative Batchelor expresses support for a common system of accessible school information; Urges families to more fully assess indicators of school quality

This morning, the MySchoolDC lottery application opened for families to begin making their school choices...

December 4, 2018

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Indianapolis schools superintendent, Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, as her nominee to be the next Chancellor of DC Public Schools. If confirmed, Dr. Ferebee would be DCPS’ fifth leader since 2016.

DC Public School students and families in...

November 17, 2018

By Perry Stein

November 17

A panel advising D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on the selection of a chancellor to lead the District’s public schools has disbanded, suggesting that the search for a new education chief may be nearing an end.

But the advisory board has not rev...

October 16, 2018

Through an online survey and a town hall meeting conducted on October 4, 2018, DC State Board of Education Representative Markus Batchelor and the Ward 8 Education Council solicited feedback from students, teachers, families, staff, administrators, youth service provid...

October 5, 2018


If you weren't, you should have been in the room last night.

Parents, principals, teachers, students, civil leaders, youth advocates and concerned residents of Ward 8 showed up and lent their voice to our collective vision for the next leader of DC Public School...

October 1, 2018

Dear Neighbor:

This Thursday, I'm joining the Ward 8 Education Council in hosting a Ward 8 Town Hall on the DCPS Chancellor Selection. We're meeting beginning at 6:30pm at Garfield Elementary School, 2435 Alabama Avenue, SE.

Our special guest will be Ward 8 Councilme...