(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, February 7, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will continue Education Week and highlight the Every Day Counts! campaign at Sousa Middle School. Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles will provide updates on how community members can get involved with increasing student attendance as well as new ways to recognize students working hard to get to school every day.
To build on the success of Mayor Bowser’s Kids Ride Free on Metrorail initiative, Every Day Counts! is a citywide initiative to increase attendance at the District’s public schools. More than 18,000 students – one in four – in the District of Columbia are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of all school days. By sixth grade, missing 10 percent of the school year is strongly linked to dropping out of high school. Together, Mayor Bowser and the Every Day Counts! Task Force, spearheaded by the Deputy Mayor for Education, will increase coordination across public agencies and stakeholders, invest in data-driven strategies to increase attendance rates, and reward students and schools that improve attendance throughout the school year.
Mayor Bowser kicked off Education Week this past Friday by releasing the solicitation for space to open new child care centers in the three District-owned buildings. The Mayor also announced that the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) will administer the grants to child care providers and provide a $1 to $1 match in capital loans to the District’s $9 million investment. On Monday, the Mayor launched Learn24, a new initiative, led by DME to ensure children and youth have access to quality educational and enrichment activities beyond the regular school day. On Tuesday, the Mayor highlighted the Administration’s Safe Passage efforts to ensure students can travel to and from school safely.
Education Week is marked by a series of events that highlight how the Bowser Administration is supporting students and accelerating the pace of school reform in DC. Follow the conversation at #EDWeekDC.
Wednesday, February 7, at 11 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Jennifer Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education
Antwan Wilson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
Keith Anderson, Director, Department of Parks and Recreation
Sousa Middle School
3650 Ely Place, SE
*Closest Buses: V1, V2, V4*
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).