Ruth Was a DCPS Parent

As a veteran DCPS parent, Ruth is familiar with the great strengths of our Ward 3 schools—and with the often serious obstacles that these schools can face.

  • Ruth's children attended Janney, Deal, and Wilson from 2001-2013. Ruth's niece attended Hearst and is now at Deal.
  • Ruth chaired Deal’s Local School Advisory Team, representing Deal parents, teachers, and administrators, and community 2009-10, a pivotal year in Deal’s transformation.
  • Ruth chaired Janney’s Spanish committee, formed by parents to bring Spanish language instruction to Janney, 2003-4.

Ruth's Work on the State Board of Education

Ruth was elected in 2014 by the voters of Ward 3 to represent them on DC's State Board of Education. Since then, she has fought for

  • Adequate and fair funding for schools in Ward 3 and around the city; transparency and predictability in school budgets; greater discretion of school communities over school budgets and programs
  • A long-term plan to address school overcrowding
  • Honest, independent data and research on DC education to better inform decision making
  • Less focus on testing and more focus on a broad curriculum, rich in social studies, science, and the arts – not a curriculum that squeezes out these subjects in order to focus narrowly on the tested subjects of math and reading
  • Reforms to reduce the achievement gap, along with her colleagues on the SBOE

And, to make the SBOE a strong, independent voice on DC education for families, residents, and taxpayers!

Ruth's Experience as an Education Professional

As an education professional, Ruth knows about the issues critical to Ward 3 and all of DC.

  • Education policy consultant. Conducted projects and research in support of high standards, and a curriculum rich in history-social studies, science, and the arts.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Core Knowledge Foundation, a national organization that advocates for curriculum rich in history geography, science, and the arts, starting at the youngest ages.
  • Editor, American Educator magazine. Edited unique quarterly magazine of ideas, research, and policy published by the American Federation of Teachers, highlighting such issues as the importance of background knowledge; fixing low-performing schools; getting testing right; implementing best practices for early reading and school discipline; understanding how students learn.
  • Director, Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers. Directed educational issues department and advised national officers, as AFT advocated for rigorous academic standards; launched “What Works” to promote evidence-based education reforms; and built professional development program that put the best research evidence into teachers’ hands.

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