Who is Mary Lord?
- A mom active in schools and communities
- An elected member of the DC State Board of Education since 2007 and a former vice president, currently serving as the At-Large representative
- An award-winning education reporter for the national press and producer of a monthly e-newsletter for more than 20,000 science teachers
- A longtime District of Columbia resident and volunteer
- An elected President of the National Association of State Boards of Education, giving our city a voice in federal education issues
- Someone who genuinely cares about education. Click here for the 5 top reasons Mary's in this race.
What's Mary Lord's Track Record?
As a State Board member, Mary Lord has presided over the biggest policy changes in local school governance since Home Rule as well as the sweeping rewrite of the federal No Child Left Behind law, and fought to ensure that all students are prepared for 21st century success:
- Established benchmarks for what teachers must cover in subjects from art to literacy to math that now drive and enrich instruction for every student in every school in every Ward.
- Led the successful effort to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, which include hands-on engineering design and open pathways to well-paid local jobs.
- Successfully advocated for restoring the Ombudsman for Public Education, who was hired by the State Board and now is resolving hundreds of problems for students and parents citywide along with the Chief Student Advocate, a new position created by the City Council.
- Adopted updated health education standards that address such issues as bullying, peer pressure, depression, gender identity, violence, and nutrition.
- Approved the District's first-ever state diploma, opening pathways to job advancement for adults who pass the GED.
- Helped develop DC's initial waiver from No Child Left Behind's most draconian requirements, then worked to refine later accountability plans - including holding teachers and schools harmless during the first year of administering the new PARCC assessment.
- Changed teacher licensing rules to attract top talent while also requiring evidence of effectiveness.
- Helped save the citywide Science Fair so kids could compete with the best in the country and opened the door for our graduating seniors to attend the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.
What I Stand For
- Equally great public schools for every student, cradle to career.
- Challenging but achievable academic standards.
- A balanced curriculum that includes history, art, science, and hands-on learning.
- Community partnerships and public engagement in schools.
- Social and emotional supports for children.
Why Vote For Mary Lord?
The standards are in place that will transform our schools. Mary Lord is the experienced candidate who can best lead the way forward to:
- Overhaul the school accountability plan, as federal law demands, to restore balance to the curriculum and accelerate achievement, innovation, and quality across the board.
- Revise graduation requirements to encourage career-technical education, apprenticeships, and civic engagement as well as such real-world skills as financial literacy.
- Create diplomas of distinction, online badges, or other ways to showcase student accomplishments, such as fluency in a second language or industry certification.
- Empower families by creating polices that foster involvement, such as a parents' Bill of Rights.
- Promote strong neighborhood schools and a culture of achievement.
- Develop policies that support great teaching and learning, including trauma-aware schools.
- Restore cursive writing and grammar to the curriculum.
Let's Be Frank
Mary's passion is public education not politics. Education policy tools and techniques are her "thing," the District of Columbia is her home, she's done a great job so far, and she's shown she's willing to listen. It simply makes good sense to re-elect Mary Lord to the State Board of Education on November 8.