A native Washingtonian, experienced educator, and community leader impassioned to improve public education for children and families. 

Thank you for your support during the campaign!

The fight continues to elevate parents’ voices, provide high quality schools in every neighborhood, and ensure safe travel to modern schools for all kids.

Throughout her campaign she has refused to pander on issues, instead applauding the progress the schools have made while underscoring the need for more urgency in meeting the remaining challenges.
— Editorial Board, Washington Post

Read full endorsement here. “Rhonda Henderson for Ward 4 State Board of Education.”

The Issues in Brief…

The most pressing issues facing public schools is equity in access to a quality education: closing the achievement gap for all students, and meeting the needs of all our students, from preschool to college and career readiness.

How do we do that?

Strong policies from the State Board of Education that consider equity first and always.

Attendance and truancy policies that reflect complexities of our students’ lives, and do not unfairly penalize students surviving difficult life circumstances. Graduation requirements must include multiple pathways to the diploma, where students can demonstrate subject mastery through rigorous assessments. Accurate data about school success and areas for additional investment through the School Report Card.

Collaboration with all stakeholders in support of educators.

Invest in our educators. As a former high school teacher and elementary school leader, I know that collectively, educators are the heartbeat of our schools. We must create the environment that allows teachers to thrive. How? First, asking teachers the source of their stress, then collective problem-solving. Second, collaborating across sectors to share best practices. Third, revise support and evaluation systems that reflect educators’ needs for relevant professional development and objective feedback about their practice.

Recognize and value the strength of our families.

Engage our families. Parents are the most deeply invested in their child’s education. We create an equitable school system when we invite their leadership and experience to critical decisions. We respect our families’ right for information by providing School Report Cards, and investing resources according to the demonstrated need.

Assert public education as a citywide priority.

Strong leadership and accountability from the Executive Office of the Mayor resulted in school renovations, a first-rate early childhood education, and re-investment in traditional public schools. The mayor has the resources and the mandate to accelerate improvement by articulating a clear vision for the future of our public schools, collaborating with the DC City Council to fund priorities, and restoring trust through transparency in decision making.

“Cohen asked the candidates for one policy they would work to implement in order to address equity issues…Henderson gave three policy examples: revising attendance policies, creating flexible pathways to graduation and increasing the city’s education budget.”
— “State Board of Education contenders for vacant Ward 4 Seat face community scrutiny at forum.”

Read the DC Line’s coverage here.


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“You’re never too young to make a difference!”

 
In walking every corner of Ward 4, I am excited to connect with so many families who share the same goal: a high quality school that their child loves and they can believe in.

In walking every corner of Ward 4, I am excited to connect with so many families who share the same goal: a high quality school that their child loves and they can believe in.

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Our families want to be heard, and to be active stakeholders in improving our public schools. Support a campaign that elevates parent voice.

Our families want to be heard, and to be active stakeholders in improving our public schools. Support a campaign that elevates parent voice.

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