Press Releases


Councilmember White Hosts a Community Conversation on Ballou SHS

February 9, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) — Councilmember Trayon White today announced that he will host a Community Conversation on the ‘State of Ballou’ on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ballou Senior High School Auditorium.

The discussion will address the recent events and concerns around the Ballou High School investigations. Guest speakers will include DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson and other city officials, who will convene to address D.C. Public School policies and provide answers to improving the present conditions of Ballou SHS, and the future of public school protocols citywide.

Councilmember White's Statement on the Passing of Ballou High School Student, Joevan Patterson-Smith

January 30, 2018

(Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018) — Councilmember Trayon White released the following statement on the passing of Ballou High School student, Joevon Patterson-Smith.

“My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family of 17 year-old Joevon Patterson Smith, a bright, young special needs Ballou High School student who departed from us on January 29, 2018.

Joevon had a promising future ahead of him, he ran track and was scheduled to graduate this year. He passed away last night after being in a coma for 2 weeks. Joevon’s family is convinced that this incident happened inside the school by other students. DCPS cannot confirm that the allegations are true at this moment. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating this case and the cause of Smith’s death.

This is a devastating tragedy for the family, Ballou High School, and the entire community."

Statement on the Ballou high School Investigative Report from Councilmember white

January 25, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) — Councilmember Trayon White released the following statement on the Ballou High School investigation:

“In the wake of the preliminary findings in the Ballou High School investigation by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and issued by Mayor Bowser, it is clear that there is a critical need for a citywide system to be implemented in order to address the social ills and barriers to truancy and learning. There are reasons students are being tardy and absent, and we must take a step back to assess the root of the problem,” states White.

Councilmember White Appeals UMC Board Decision on Obstetrics Unit Closure

January 18, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) —  Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White released the following statement after the public roundtable on United Medical Center held on January 16, 2018:

"I am deeply disappointed that United Medical Center Board Chair LaRuby May did not attend at the UMC Board roundtable on its decision to permanently close the obstetrics unit. As well, May has previously refused to provide the Committee with critical information regarding the events surrounding the decision to close the UMC obstetrics unit. With obstetrical services terminating at United Medical Center and at Providence Hospital, Ward 8 residents are experiencing a critical health care crisis. This is unacceptable and I will work unceasingly until every District resident East of the River has access to reliable, first-rate, and comprehensive health care."

Councilmember Trayon White to Host Unity Breakfast in Celebration of Kwanzaa

December 28, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) — Saturday, December 30, 2017, Councilmember Trayon White will host Unity Breakfast from 9:00AM-11:00AM at the Union Temple Matthews Memorial, located 2616 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC.