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District of Columbia Financial Responsibility
And Management Assistance Authority
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Jim Davison
|June 1, 2000|
Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority ("Authority"), in consultation with the Mayor and the Chair of the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia, intends to establish an Educational Advisory Committee ("Committee") to assist the school system's transition to new leadership. George Dalley (Chair), Terry Golden, Jerome B. Jones, Nathaniel Howard, Patricia McGuire and Ariana Y. Quinones will be appointed as members to the Educational Advisory Committee. The Committee will be the successor to the Emergency Transitional Education Board of Trustees, which was established by the Authority in November 1996.
"Improving the schools so they work for all children is the highest priority for our City," said Alice M. Rivlin, Chair of the Authority. "Mrs. Ackerman started serious reforms, and we must not lose momentum. The new Committee will help us find a strong interim superintendent who will be committed to D.C. students and help ensure a smooth transition."
Mayor Williams stated, "Out of crisis emerges opportunity. As a community, we now have the opportunity to come together to identify new leadership for our schools and to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible for our children and their families. We must continue to keep our eye on the prize - our children's well-being."
"While we regretfully accepted the Superintendent's decision to resign, the business of educating our children must move forward without disruption," said Councilmember Kevin P. Chavous, Chair of the Council's Committee on Education. "To that end, appointed and elected leadership must come together in unity to serve the best interest of our children. Our children deserve nothing less."
The Authority selected the new Committee from educational leaders, parents, and community and business leaders. The Committee will make recommendations to the Authority for the appointment of an interim superintendent and will advise the Authority on other matters relating to the public schools. The Authority will also seek the views of the Mayor, the Council, the Board of Education, and union officials in selecting the interim superintendent. The final responsibility for recruiting and appointing a permanent superintendent will be in the hands of the Board of Education that will take office January 2, 2001.
The goals of the Committee are to sustain progress made by CEO/Superintendent Ackerman, maintain managerial and operational stability in the system, and build on the improved student performance of recent years. The interim superintendent will serve until a permanent superintendent is selected.
George Dalley, who will be the Educational Advisory Committee Chair, is a partner at the Law Offices of Holland & Knight. He has extensive experience in Congressional affairs, including service as Chief of Staff to Rep. Charles Rangel (D - NY). In his role as Special Assistant to Dr. Kenneth B. Clark at the Metropolitan Applied Research Center in New York, he worked closely with educational reform issues affecting the New York City public school system. He served in the Carter Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs and as a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board.
Terry Golden is Chairman and CEO of Marriott Host International. He has a long history of involvement in District civic affairs and has been particularly interested and active in public education. He worked closely with the District of Columbia Public School system to develop business and corporate support.
Jerome B. Jones is a professor of educational administration and policy at Howard University. Prior to this appointment, he held numerous positions in education administration and policy development. He served as superintendent of schools in St. Louis, MO, Stamford, CT. and Providence, RI.
Nathaniel Howard was appointed by the Authority to the District of Columbia Emergency Transitional Education Board of Trustees as a parent representative. He is a Supervisory Mathematical Statistician at the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is an education advocate, President of the Board of the Washington Parent Group Fund, Vice President of the Congress Heights Community Association, and Board Member of the United Planning Organization.
Patricia McGuire is the President of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. As President, she leads a cadre of educators who instruct in such areas as professional development programs for teachers and school leaders, the Upward Bound program for high school students, and other educational and service programs. Ms. McGuire has served as project director for Georgetown University's D.C. Street Law Project, which was a law-related education program in the D.C. Public Schools. She was also a legal affairs commentator for the award-winning CBS children's newsmagazine "30 Minutes" and the Fox Television program "Panorama" in Washington.
Ariana Y. Quinones is the Education Director at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C. Ms. Quinones is an attorney and served as the Deputy Director for the Latino Civil Rights Task Force. As a student attorney she worked on cases pertaining to delinquency, neglect and special education. Her volunteer service includes serving on the Steering Committee for D.C. Voice, D.C. Public Schools Steering Committee on Diversity and as a former Board Member of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS).
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