Education

As someone who previously served as a school board representative and father, Councilmember White understands the importance of education. During this council period, Councilmember White has introduced and co-introduced the following legislation:

  • Early Learning Equity in Funding Amendment Act of 2017 - This bill would offer funding to community based organizations that serve pre-k age students and would also amend the State Education Office Establishment Act of 2000 to establish a pilot program to provide a facility allowance to high quality child development centers and child development homes that meet certain criteria.
  • Public School Health Services Amendment Act of 2017 - This bill would amend the DCPS Nurse Assignment Act of 1987 to increase the minimum hours per week of registered public school nurse services at elementary and secondary public and public charter schools to 40 hours per week.
  • D.C. Public Schools Alternatives to Suspension Amendment Act of 2017 - To require D.C. Public School principals to consider whether alternatives to suspensions, such as restorative justice, are more appropriate than suspension and require each D.C. Public School to report suspension rates on a monthly basis to the chancellor.
  • Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2017 - this bill requires OSSE to establish a dyslexia screening, treatment, and prevention pilot program to begin in the 2018-2019 school year. The pilot program would include annual universal dyslexia screening for students in pre-k through third grade; progress monitoring of students identified with characteristics of dyslexia or related disorders; and implementation of remediation and intervention strategies, along with related training and professional development for teachers. OSSE is required to submit reports to the Mayor and the Council regarding the success of the program and whether the program should be implemented throughout the District.
  • Community College for All Scholarship Amendment Act of 2017 - this bill establishes a scholarship program to provide free tuition and the cost of mandatory fees to DC residents enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC). The scholarship program is to be administered by UDCCC and the legislation establishes criteria of eligibility for the scholarship. Among other things the student is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • University of the District of Columbia Student Attraction and Retention Amendment Act of 2017 - this bill provides a full tuition scholarship at the University of the District of Columbia if certain eligibility standards are met. To be eligible, the student must have graduated in the top 10% of a District high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0, and must maintain a 2.5 at the University. The bill also provides a $5,000 student loan repayment incentive to certain transfer students