We are very proud to announce that our Director of Engagement and stellar education advocate Jimell Sanders has been selected to be on the DC State Board of Education’s High School Graduation Requirements Task Force. Under the leadership of Ward 1 representative Laura Wilson Phelan and Ward 8 representative Markus Batchelor, the Task Force will begin its work this month.

Jimell is excited and looks forward to “working with a diverse group of engaged DC residents to align what our kids are expected to learn with the demands and possibilities of the world that awaits them.”

According to the State Board of Education “Current graduation requirements in the District were established 10 years ago, and they require students to earn 24 course credits and complete 100 hours of community service. These requirements are one-size-fits-all, without pathways that allow students to gain easy entrance into college or earn diplomas with distinction. Additional details and guidelines should be added to these requirements to ensure that all students will graduate with the knowledge required for college and the workforce. ” Read the full statement here.