COUNCILMEMBER DAVID GROSSO
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
ANNOUNCES A RECONVENING OF 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”
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2:00 p.m., Hearing Room 123, John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Councilmember David Grosso announces the reconvening of a recessed 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 Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Hearing Room 123 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. The Committee first heard testimony on these bills on October 27, 2015.
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 Tuesday, November 10, 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.