EDUCATION

An advocate for the city’s youth who serves as a member of the Committee on Education, Councilmember Alexander continues to bring quality academic resources and tools to District schools. With her introduction of the Pre-K Student Discipline Amendment Act, suspensions and expulsions for early education students will be limited to situations that involve weapons or drugs or if bodily injuries occur.

She also supported the University of the District of Columbia Pay It Forward Program Establishment Amendment Act, which would establish a financing program that would eliminate tuition and fees for eligible students until they obtain an associate or bachelor degree. For FY16 Councilmember Alexander worked with her colleagues and supported amendments to the budget which allocated funds for modernization and repairs in Ward 7 schools and the implementation of instrumental music education in three Ward 7 elementary schools; Anne Beers, Kimball, and Plummer. She also supports the Empowering Males of Color Initiative which will bring an all-male college prep high school to Ward 7.

BOOKS FROM BIRTH ESTABLISHMENT AMENDMENT ACT OF 2015: This would establish a new program with D.C. Public Library system where each registered child would receive one book per month from the time of birth or registration until the age of five.

FRESH FOODS, FRESH MINDS AMENDMENT ACT OF 2015: This bill authorizes the Department of Health to issue grants to qualified community organizations that will establish monthly pop-up food markets in public elementary schools in Wards 7 and 8.

HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT ACT OF 2013: This would require local education agencies to pay for caps, gowns, and tassels for graduating students.

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