For Immediate Release:

January 13, 2015

Contact: Dionne Johnson Calhoun

(202) 724-8105


Grosso Announces Committee on Education Priorities

Washington, D.C. - Today, Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) is excited to announce his priorities as the Chairperson of the Committee on Education for 2015. There are many priorities for the Committee that Grosso will address including the following: family and community engagement; attendance and truancy; mental and behavioral health; early childhood education; school discipline practices; post-secondary and workforce readiness; out of school childcare; and teacher retention. Grosso stated, "I am prepared as the chairperson of the committee to immediately begin work on ensuring that every single child in the District of Columbia is in the very best position to fully engage in his or her education experience."

Ensuring that students are successful depends on the support and resources that the government provides to students both inside and outside the classroom. This means identifying the underlying issues that impact student behavior, attendance, performance, mental health, and their overall general state of mind. To fully address these issues the committee will engage on issues pertaining to housing and homelessness, mental health, criminal justice, transportation and health.

"I look forward to working with all the executive agencies that have a direct or indirect impact on the lives of every student in D.C.," Grosso stated.

The press and public are also invited to the first Committee on Education open house which will take place Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 116.

See the Committee agenda one-pager: