√ The Washington Post (10/28/12)

“Mary Lord, who has been on the board since 2007 in a ward seat, deserves election in her at-large bid. She understands the role of the state board and has smart ideas on how to sustain school reform. “

√ The Current Newspapers (9/26/12) endorses Mary Lord as “the clear choice” for the At-Large seat on the DC State Board Of Education.                     “...We believe she will continue to serve admirably as an advocate for strong educational offerings at all D.C. schools.”  

√ The Stein Club endorses Mary Lord (10/9/12) for At Large, DC Board of Education.

√ Endorsed by: Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council Members David Catania & Jack Evans; DC State Board President Laura Slover & At-Large member Ted Trabue.

Who is Mary Lord?

  • Mary Lord in John Eaton ES hallway A 36-year resident of the District of Columbia.
  • A parent active in schools and community.
  • An award-winning education reporter for the national press.
  • A hard-working, respected team player on the DC State Board of Education.
  • A leader who brings DC’s voice to the national education policy debate.
  • A tireless advocate for parents, families, and community volunteers as partners in education.
  • Passionate about science, career tech/vocational training, youth sports, and arts education.
  • Concerned — and committed to building strong, safe, and healthy schools where every child can flourish.
  • Click here for the 5 top reasons I’m in this race.

What’s at stake here?

Our city is in a headlong push to improve student achievement. The District of Columbia State Board of Education is a key part of these reform efforts. We must watch, advise, and help set workable policies on everything from preschool programs to adult education. And, because things are changing so fast, the State Board must listen to you and the community like never before.

  • Elected members of the State Board of Education are put there by you.  And you know your child’s — and your community’s — educational needs and concerns better than anyone.
  • Everyone agrees that improvements to our schools must continue. The trick is to make a well-focused, sustained effort and not jump from fad to fad. The Mayor, the Council, and school leaders need all the help they can get if we are to succeed — including tackling such unglamorous subjects as science standards, discipline policy, teacher certification, and graduation requirements.
  • Without great schools, District residents will miss out on good jobs and we will continue to lose a vital bedrock of our neighborhoods: families with children.