Students Speak on August 15 Education Town Hall

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Before DC students head back to school later this month, Education Town Hall is privileged to have in studio four DC public school students, who are serving in a variety of roles both at their schools as well as with the DC State Board of Education (SBOE). Listen to a wide-ranging discussion, as students share their priorities for our schools–and what they would do or change if they were in control of our DC schools.

Shayla Dell is a rising sophomore at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, studying vocal music, and has participated in classical singing competitions. As a student advocate, Ms. Dell has served on the student government association at Duke as well as the DCPS chancellor’s student cabinet and is a continuing member of the student advisory committee of the DC SBOE. (The student advisory committee is consulted by the state board on issues of policy before the board.)

Maya Gray is a rising senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic high school and a returning member of the SBOE’s student advisory committee. Having attended both DC public and charter schools, Ms. Gray has worked as a teen aide with DC Public Library and completed internships with DC government agencies. She is also involved in a variety of sports and looks forward to a career in either architecture or veterinary medicine.

Alex O’Sullivan is a rising sophomore at BASIS DC. He is one of two student representatives serving on the DC State Board of Education for school year 2019-20 and enjoys politics, sports, and journalism.

[Scheduled but not able to attend: Ceon Dubose, rising senior at Idea Public Charter School, a youth leader with the Black Swan Academy, a PGC (peer group connections) leader, and a first year member of the student advisory committee of the DC SBOE.]

The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd
broadcasts from Historic Anacostia
in Washington, DC, on We Act Radio,
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
New programming 2nd and 4th Thursdays, alternating with classic shows.
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Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

After years of weekly broadcasts, the program now focuses one show each month on local issues and one on “the BUS,” organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.

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