"She understands the role of the state board and has smart ideas on how to sustain school reform."
"Among the school board candidates, our nod goes to Mary Lord [At-Large]..."
"She is well-versed in education policy issues and is articulate in expressing the need for reforming graduation requirements, improving science education, and empowering students, parents and community groups."
Thanks for your Support!
As of Midnight October 6, 2012, The Washington Post reports that over 118,000 DC voters supported Mary Lord.
Who is Mary Lord?
- A 36-year resident of the District of Columbia.
- A parent active in schools and community.
- The elected Ward 2 member on the State Board since 2007.
- An award-winning education reporter for the national press.
- An elected Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
- A proven, effective advocate for students, teachers, and families.
- Committed to raising the academic bar and building strong, safe and healthy schools where all children can flourish.
- Well informed about education policies and tools that have worked, and not worked, elsewhere.
- Someone who genuinely cares about education. Click here for the 5 top reasons Mary's in this race.
Why Mary is running for office
The State Board has three major initiatives in the works (more...), and with your help Mary would like to stick around and complete them:
- Revise graduation requirements and give credit for "competency," not just time spent in a high school classroom.
- Transform science education through new Next Generation Science Standards coming up for approval in all 50 states later this year.
- Implement the new Common Core literacy and math standards.
Why your help is important
You know your community. The District has many neighborhoods with different strengths and needs.
You tell us what needs to be done. You hear and see things that are important.
You know your kids. Families know their kids best. While it won't happen overnight, the standards the State Board sets will eventually shape the futures of all our families.
You know what matters. Sure, everyone wants "the best" for kids. But every student has different strengths and it's quite another matter to figure out how to make a system that delivers results for as many kids as possible. It's listening to you that helps make it clear which results really matter.
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 6.