Expanding Student Opportunities, Improving Adult Background Checks

Our Education Town Hall show for Thursday September 12 will consist of two parts, both of which will feature activists in DC education: Danica Petroshius, of Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization, and Maurice Cook, of Serve Your City DC.

Listen at 11 a.m. EASTERN on Thursday, September 12, via TuneIn or by visiting We Act Radio and clicking on arrow at upper left (NOTE: Not all “listen” buttons are working at present).

11-11:30: DCPS parent and Ward 6 Public School Parent Organization officer Danica Petroshius will come into the studio to discuss her work in getting attention for, and a city-wide policy addressing, sexual assaults in our schools—and how her experiences as a parent have informed her work. We will discuss current parent efforts to implement timely background checks for all staff in the the light of allegations of sexual assaults by an employee of a widely used aftercare provider in DC and the revelation that nearly a third of employees at DCPS lacked background checks.

11:30-noon: Maurice Cook, founder and executive director of Serve Your City, will be in the studio to talk about his organization and his work as an activist in DC serving children. Serve Your City is a local nonprofit that works with DC kids and community members to provide enrichment and service opportunities that they would not otherwise have, including free after school tutoring, athletics, and service projects. He will be joined in studio by one of the students he works with, 10 year old Sophia Crawford.

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.
Listen live via TuneIn.
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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