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Washington D.C. Statutes
District of Columbia
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ADULT LEARNERS

According to statute (D.C. Code Ann. 38-1011.04), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Adult and Family Education (OSSE AFE) is responsible for awarding federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and local funding to community-based organizations that offer Adult Basic Education, adult secondary education, English as a second language, English literacy/civics, and family literacy services to residents of the District of Columbia. Beginning in 2010, the OSSE AFE awarded funding to 22 program providers to implement six new service models that integrate adult education services with workforce transition and/or postsecondary education transition services. Programs offering more intensive models receive more funding. One particular program, the Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning Initiative, aims to make a difference in the lives of District residents through adult education programs offered throughout the city by DC government agencies and community-based programs. Another program, the Evening, Weekend, and Summer Adult Technical Career Training Program takes place at three high schools in DC. The District of Columbia Board of Education is authorized to charge fees for all adult, community, and continuing education courses, according to statute (D.C. Code Ann. 38-1002). As of 2012, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education annually reports to the Mayor and the Council on the capacity of District-funded service providers to meet the need and demand for adult literacy services in D.C. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Basic Education/Literacy

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1002 - Fees for Select District of Columbia Board of Education Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1011.01 - Establishment of Evening, Weekend, and Summer Adult technical Career Training Program

Adult Learners, Funding

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1002 - Fees for Select Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses - Fees for Select District of Columbia Board of Education Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1003 - Fees for Select Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses - Accountability for Funds Received
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1011.04 - Sources of Funding

Adult Learners, General Policy

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1001 - Fees for Select Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses - Definitions
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1002 - Fees for Select District of Columbia Board of Education Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses

Adult Workforce Education and Training

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1002 - Fees for Select District of Columbia Board of Education Adult, Community, and Continuing Education Courses
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1011.01 - Establishment of Evening, Weekend, and Summer Adult technical Career Training Program

Governance of Adult Education

D.C. Code Ann. 38-153 - Coordination of Municipal Programs
D.C. Code Ann. 38-192.01 - Adult Literacy reporting
D.C. Code Ann. 38-2608 - Supervision of Adult Education Program
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

In 2000, the State Education Office (SEO) of the District of Columbia was established to assume the coordination responsibilities typically assumed by a state level education agency. The SEO works with the District of Columbia. Public Schools and publicly funded charter schools and operates the Office of Postsecondary Education Research and Assistance for the District of Columbia. District of Columbia Code establishes a core curriculum, content standards and requires regular assessment of students in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Promotion Gates require that students be assessed and be able to demonstrate appropriate skill levels in math, reading and writing before moving between grades 1-4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. The federally funded Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program enacted in 2000 allows District of Columbia undergraduates the opportunity to attend colleges and universities nationwide and only pay in-state tuition rates. (Prepared by Katherine Boswell, FY 2003)

Comprehensive Initiative

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.11 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Grant Authorized and Recommendation Required
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.12 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Consultation
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.13 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Administrative Provisions
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.15 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Authorization of Appropriations
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.21 - Promotion Gates
D.C. Code 38-1204.04 - Annual Report

Middle to High School Articulation

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.11 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Grant Authorized and Recommendation Required
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.12 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Consultation
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.13 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Administrative Provisions
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.15 - World Class School Task Force, Core Curriculum, Content Standards, Assessments - Authorization of Appropriations
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.21 - Promotion Gates

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The State Education Office (SEO) of the District of Columbia has been charged with developing student data sets to be used for tracking and reporting purposes for publicly funded K-12 schools in the District. The Office of Post-Secondary Education, Research, and Assistance (OPERA), a division of the SEO, administers programs including grants, loans, and internships. OPERA provides post-secondary education information to DC residents and administers federal grants to DC institutions of higher learning. OPERA also disseminates statistical data and information, is responsible for collecting and reporting federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data, and acts as a liaison between agencies and institutions of higher learning. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

D.C. Code 38-1204.04 - Annual Report

Performance Based Measures for K-12

D.C. Code 38-193 - Evaluation and Re-authorization
D.C. Code 38-2806 - Accountability Plan
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Funding Equalization

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1804.01 - Annual Budgets for Schools
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FINANCE

The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area was created by private and public higher education institutions offering accredited baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in the Metropolitan Washington Area, but it has no authority over setting tuition and fee levels. The respective boards for each institution establish the associated resident and non-resident tuition and fee rates. The Consortium also works closely with the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program to identify students eligible to receive a TAG grant. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1205.10 - Preferential Tuition for District of Columbia Residents

Capping or Reducing Tuition

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1205.10 - Preferential Tuition for District of Columbia Residents

Tuition and Fee Waivers

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.01 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Definitions
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.02 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Criteria for Tuition Grant Eligibility
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.03 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Conditions of Enrollment
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.04 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Report on Grant Program Participation
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.05 - Provision of Tuition Grants: Limitation on Grants
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.06 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Additional Educational Opportunities
D.C. Code Ann. 38-1207.07 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Budget Account

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

D.C. Code Ann. 38-305 - Teachers College Tuition
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RESIDENCY

No state-level policies identified for this issue.

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

D.C. Code Ann. 38-1204.07 - Rules for Preferential Tuition Rates for District Residents
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The D.C. College Access Program administers programs including the need-based Last Dollar Awards. Washington D.C. also has a tuition assistance grant and a college savings plan. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Washington D.C. spent 3,320 million for need-based aid and 30,536 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

D.C. Code 38-1205.11 - Mayoral Stipends
D.C. Code 38-1207.01 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Definitions
D.C. Code 38-1207.02 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Criteria for Tuition Grant Eligibility
D.C. Code 38-1207.03 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Conditions of Enrollment
D.C. Code 38-1207.04 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Report on Grant Program Participation
D.C. Code 38-1207.05 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Limitation on Grants
D.C. Code 38-1207.06 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Additional Educational Opportunities
D.C. Code 38-1207.07 - Provision of Tuition Grants - Budget Account
D.C. Code 38-2701 - College Access Assistance - Purpose
D.C. Code 38-2702 - College Access Assistance - Public School Program
D.C. Code 38-2703 - College Access Assistance - Assistance to the University of the District of Columbia
D.C. Code 38-2704 - College Access Assistance - Private School Program
D.C. Code 38-2705 - College Access Assistance - General Requirements
D.C. Code 38-2706 - College Access Assistance - Limit on Aggregate Amount of Federal Funds for Public School and Private School Programs
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TEACHING QUALITY


Compensation

D.C. Code 38-1902 - Teachers, School Officers and Other Employees in General: Installment Payments to Certain Teachers
D.C. Code 38-1909 - Teachers, School Officers and Other Employees in General: Employment of Substitutes - Authorized; Compensation

Licensure and Certification

Supply and Demand Strategies

D.C. Code 38-1910 - Teachers, School Officers and Other Employees in General: Employment of substitutes - Retired Teachers
D.C. Code 38-2101 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel - Authority to Enter Into Agreement
D.C. Code 38-2102 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel - Designated State Official
D.C. Code 38-2103 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel - Filing and Publication of Contracts
D.C. Code 38-2104 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel - Definitions
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