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Keenan Keller
Age: 40
Residence: Mount Pleasant.
Education: BA, international relations, Brown University; JD, Yale University.
Occupation: Senior Democratic counsel, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.
Office Sought: D.C. Board of Education District 1 


Extra-curricular activities:
Ex-officio member, D.C. Democratic State Committee, 2000-present; Advisory Neighborhood commissioner, ANC District 1E03, 1997-99; member, Bancroft Elementary School Local School Restructuring Team; trustee, National Child Research Center; member, DCPS Bilingual Education Joint Advisory Committee; mayoral appointee, D.C. Police Standards and Training Board; treasurer, Healthy D.C. Foundation; former member, DCPS Volunteerism Taskforce; past gubernatorial appointee, Ohio White House Committee on Children and Youth; former junior warden, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church; former chairman, Walker Jones Community Health Center Advisory Council; former board member, MFY Legal Services.

Why should voters elect you?
"I will meet the challenges facing our public schools with the urgency of a parent and the experience of an attorney and congressional public servant."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"The recent progress made by other city agencies has bypassed our public school system. In the face of crumbling schools and stagnant test scores, critical segments of the community have lost confidence and are looking elsewhere for answers. The current board has operated in a crisis mode, fostering this instability and frustrating the best efforts of our local teachers and principals. Through prudent strategic planning, the board must inspire confidence in parents, neighbors, local institutions and other stakeholders. The public school system must earn community support in order to implement innovative solutions, such as limited bonding authority for capital projects."
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