It was reported incorrectly in some editions yesterday that D.C. Board of Education member Edna Frazier-Cromwell was appointed to the board by the mayor. She was elected to fill the Ward 1 vacancy by a majority vote of the 10 sitting members of the board.
Edna Frazier-Cromwell, appointed last May to represent Ward 1 on the D.C. school board, has announced that she will run for election to the board this fall.
A resident of Ward 1 for eight years, Frazier-Cromwell, 47, has served as chairwoman of the 14th and U Streets Coalition and has been a member of the Third District police citizens advisory council and the Shaw Project Area Committee board of directors. She has also been a commissioner on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
"I've run into too many kids at the corner of 14th and W streets NW who are not constructive members of society because they don't have the tools to be gainfully employed," Frazier-Cromwell said in an interview yesterday. "The school system has failed them and I want to be a part of improving that system."
She said her platform would stress drug education, the upkeep of school buildings, "higher expectations of our students, teaching basic skills, measuring student performance and establishing a commitment to both learning and behavioral discipline."
Frazier-Cromwell, who earned a political science-economics degree at Howard University in 1959, was appointed by Mayor Marion Barry to fill a vacancy created when former board member Frank Smith won election to the D.C. City Council last November. She announced her candidacy Tuesday evening at a gathering at Cardozo High School.
She recently resigned as director of library information at Congressional Quarterly magazine, where she had worked for 12 years. She said she left that post in order to devote more time to her board duties.
So far there has been no announced opposition in the Nov. 8 nonpartisan election.