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Thursday, February 17, 2011

State Board of Education to hold hearing on teacher evaluations

The D.C. State Board of Education has scheduled a public meeting on the role of teacher evaluation systems in public and public charter schools at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the state board chambers, lobby level, at 441 Fourth St. NW.

To submit a comment, call 202-741-0888 or e-mail 48 hours before the meeting, provide one electronic copy and take 15 printed copies to the hearing. The meeting will air live on District Knowledge Network Comcast Channel 99, RCN Channel 18 and FiOS Channel 12.

Historical Society exhibit will honor 19 people and groups

Nineteen area people and groups will be featured in "Upstanders: Profiles of Courage" from Thursday to June 17 at the Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW.

The installation is part of the exhibit "Choosing to Participate," created by the educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. The honorees will be recognized at the opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

District honorees include Zainab Al-Suwaij, co-founder and executive director of the American Islamic Congress; Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of Courtney's House; Maria Gomez, founder of Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care; Darell Hammond, founder of KaBOOM!; Mark Hanis, co-founder of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition; Donald Hense, co-founder of Friendship Public Charter Schools; M. Charito Kruvant, co-founder of Creative Associates International, Inc.; Amy Lazarus, executive director of Sustained Dialogue Campus Network; Jerry A. McCoy, special collections librarian at the D.C. Public Library; Earl O. Strimple, founder of People Animal Love; Rev. Donald Robinson, president, Beacon House; Mary Beth Tinker, educator and children's rights activist; and the volunteers at the Sitar Arts Center. For information, go to

Tenant Advocate Office will move to Reeves Center in March

The Office of the Tenant Advocate is relocating to the third floor of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW, in March. The office will be closed from March 11 to 15 for the move. All phone numbers will remain unchanged.

Gray names Nmezi interim director of African Affairs Office

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) recently appointed Ngozi Nmezi as the interim director of the Mayor's Office on African Affairs. Nmezi previously served as a risk management specialist for the D.C. Department of Real Estate Services. She has a master's degree in public health from Howard University.

- Compiled by Terence McArdle

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