COUNCILMEMBER DAVID GROSSO
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING
B21-0361, “Youth Suicide Prevention and School Climate Survey Act of 2015” and
B21-0319, “Assessment on Children of Incarcerated Parents Act of 2015”
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
2:00 p.m., Hearing Room 412, John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Councilmember David Grosso announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee on Education on B21-361, “Youth Suicide Prevention and School Climate Survey Act of 2015” and B21-319, “Assessment on Children of Incarcerated Parents Act of 2015”. The hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.
The stated purpose of B21-361 is to require all school-based personnel of each local education agency to undergo at least two hours of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention training each year. The bill also requires the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to develop and administer research-based school climate survey and publish certain reports on the results. The stated purpose of B21-319 is to require the Mayor to comprehensively assess children who have at least one parent that is incarcerated. The bill specifies that the assessment must: (1) evaluate the impact of parental incarceration on the child's academics; and (2) recommend policies to meet the needs of children who are struggling academically while a parent is incarcerated.
Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee on Education, at (202) 724-8061, or email Jessica Giles, Committee Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, October 23, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. Witnesses appearing on his or her own behalf should limit their testimony to three minutes; witnesses representing organizations should limit their testimony to five minutes.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2015.