Education & Youth

  • OverviewDespite recent educational reforms, District students lag behind other jurisdictions in academic achievement. While schools are showing measures of improvement, we must produce better results to guarantee our youth a 21st century education, eliminate the achievement gap and provide greater opportunities for success outside the classroom.
  • Bills Anita SupportedKids Ride Free, Public School Librarians, Art Teachers, Music teachers, and Physical Education Teachers Act of 2013, End Youth Homelessness Amendment Act of 2014, LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2013, Limitations of Guardianship Amendment Act of 2014

Legislation

Kids Ride Free, this bill expands DC Transit Subsidy program to allow kids to freely ride Metro Bus and the DC Circulator during school season.

Public School Librarians, Art Teachers, Music teachers, and Physical Education Teachers Act of 2013: This bill seeks to establish a law mandating that each public school have a full-time librarian, art teacher, music teacher, and physical education teacher to ensure well-rounded public education.

End Youth Homelessness Amendment Act of 2014: This bill amends the Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005 to require the Interagency Council on Homelessness to clarity that the right to hypothermia shelter applies to all homeless District residents who are homeless, including unaccompanied minors.

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Act of 2013: This law addresses the service and shelter needs of homeless youth in the District of Columbia who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. This law ensures that at least every 5 years the Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates with the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs.

Limitations of Guardianship Amendment Act of 2014: This bill, co-sponsored by Councilmember Bonds, protects the well-being of incapacitated individuals from unreasonable confinement or involuntary seclusion by guardians, and requires all individuals seeking to be appointed as a guardian or conservator to submit application.