Mai Abdul Rahman

Age: 46

Residence: Chevy Chase.

Education: BA, political science, Drake University; pursuing a master's degree in education at Trinity University.

Occupation: Teacher.

Elected offices/civic activities: Vice president, Deal Junior High School PTA; member, Stoddert Soccer Scholarship Committee; board member, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area; board member, Jelleff Boys and Girls Club; board member, Washington Interfaith Alliance for the Middle East; former member, Middle East Committee of the Peace Commission.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"We have suffered a poorly managed and fiscally irresponsible D.C. public schools administration. Our teachers and principals are left operating with little training and almost no support for a very diverse school population (social, economic and ethnic). Despite research indicating the importance of smaller classrooms for improving instruction, our classroom size is on the increase. DCPS spends more per student/per meal, yet we serve our children the worst nutrition. We spend five times more on a security contract that fails to protect our children. Savings on these contracts may provide our teachers with the funding necessary for proper training and resources."

Why should voters elect you?

"As a parent and a teacher, I have a personal investment in making our schools run better for my four children and all our children."

Web site:

www.maifordcschoolboard.com

E-mail address:

maifordcschoolboard@yahoo.com

Hugh Allen

Age: 61

Residence: Tenleytown.

Education: BA, psychology, Davidson College; MA, theology and philosophy, Yale University.

Occupation: Assistant director, Financial Management Division, Office of Community Planning & Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Elected offices/civic activities: Advisory neighborhood commissioner, 3F, 1983-84; legislative chairman, D.C. Congress of PTAs; member, Committee of 21, DCPS Master Facility Plan; member, Parents United; founding member, Senior High Alliance for Principals, Presidents and Education; past co-president, Woodrow Wilson Senior High PTA; past president, North Cleveland Park Citizens Association; past member, Washington Area Housing Partnership; past member, Alice Deal Education Committee; past fundraising chairman, Hearst Elementary; international volunteer work in Mexico and Nicaragua.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The current school board member poorly serves the students, their parents and the school neighborhoods in District 2. During the last four years, inadequate attention has been made to improving management systems so public tax dollars are invested wisely for cultivating student achievement and learning. A lack of oversight by the current school board member contributed to a $12 million cost overrun at the newly constructed Barnard Elementary School. In that time, local school budgets have been seriously reduced resulting in the loss of teachers in all schools. We need to end mismanagement and provide quality education to all children."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will fight to bring accountability and pride back into the D.C. school system while highlighting the incredible students, teachers and principals in District 2."

Web site:

www.hughallenforschoolboard.com

E-mail address:

hugh@hughallenforschoolboard.com

Tom Dawson

Age: 37

Residence: Crestwood.

Education: BA, biology and philosophy, Morehouse College; MA, philosophy, University of Florida; doctoral candidate in philosophy, University of Florida; MPH, George Washington University; JD, George Washington University.

Occupation: Pension law specialist; attorney, Department of Labor.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, Washington Free Clinic; member, Crestwood Neighborhood League; volunteer attorney, Legal Council for the Elderly; member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"D.C. spends more per pupil on education than almost any other city in the nation, yet our schools consistently rank among the worst. We can, and must, do better. We must put dollars into the classrooms where they make a real difference. We must free teachers and principals from red tape, encourage innovation and demand results. We must expect more of parents and involve them in their children's education. I will make sure our school board respects the views of parents and taxpayers, and that all of our children receive the high-quality education to which they are entitled, no excuses."

Why should voters elect you?

"Parents need a strong advocate on our school board. As a former teacher, I know what it takes to help students and schools perform."

Web site:

www.votetomdawson.com

E-mail address:

tomdawson@votetomdawson.com

David A. Jordan

Age: 37

Residence: Glover Park.

Education: BA, political science, Columbia University; MBA, finance, Vanderbilt University.

Occupation: Lead analyst, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration.

Elected offices/civic activities: Treasurer, Stoddert Elementary School PTA.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Our most pressing issue is the terrible condition of school facilities. Buildings are literally rotting. In Ward 4, three-quarters were built before 1940; in Ward 3, all save one was built before 1940. Most schools haven't had a paint job in 12 years. Twenty-five percent of teachers are considering leaving the system because of poor facilities. The school system's current modernization plan is 15 years -- that's too long to wait. With my experience in facilities planning and finance, the school board can accelerate that timing and institute controls to monitor progress and quality."

Why should voters elect you?

"My experience with the Public Buildings Service will enable the board to establish oversight controls that ensure the quality and effectiveness of the modernization plan."

Web site:

None.

E-mail address:

daj36@columbia.edu

Laura McGiffert Slover

Age: 36

Residence: Palisades.

Education: BA, English, Harvard University; MA, education: curriculum and instruction, University of Colorado; MPP, education policy, Georgetown University; enrolled in certificate program for large-scale educational assessment, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Director, Mathematics Achievement Partnership, Achieve Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, tutor and mentor, Project Northstar; reviewer of State Accountability Plans, U.S. Department of Education; adviser, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School; volunteer, Williams for Mayor Campaign; tutor, Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation; volunteer, Sasha Bruce House Summer Enrichment Program.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Candidates are famous for announcing programs, initiatives and innovations, but that's all talk. What matters most is providing all D.C. children with an excellent education in safe, well-functioning schools. Improving D.C.'s schools can be boiled down to four factors: a budget that is allocated thoughtfully, excellent teachers and principals, high expectations for all students, and facilities that are conducive to learning. My plan focuses on responsible management and accountability for results, including a data system that tracks expenditures. It's not sexy, but it is critical to reining in spending, redirecting misplaced funds to classrooms, and restoring confidence in DCPS."

Why should voters elect you?

"A native Washingtonian, I've devoted my career to public education -- as a teacher, tutor, and education policy adviser. I bring experience, vision -- and endless energy!"

Web site:

www.sloverfordcschools.com

E-mail address:

lmcgslover@aol.com

Victor Reinoso

Age: 35

Residence: Brightwood/Manor Park.

Education: BS, international relations, Georgetown University; MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Occupation: Director of education initiatives, Federal City Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Class of 2005, Leadership Washington; vice president, Carlos Rosario International Career Center; board chair, Community Capital Corp.; board member, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School; volunteer, D.C. public schools; former volunteer, Ballou and Spingarn senior high schools; volunteer, Greater D.C. Cares; former board member, Washington Literacy Council; founding staff member, Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington; parishioner, St. Augustine Church.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"DCPS must articulate a compelling vision for our city's public education and align budget, standards, curriculum, testing and professional development with this vision. It must fully fund facilities maintenance, ensure every child can read by second grade and improve communication with parents. The system must improve transparency of budget process and management and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of central administration. We must improve principal and teacher accountability while expanding professional development opportunities. Finally, DCPS must be more prepared to accept assistance from parents, the private sector and city agencies. I request your support so I can tackle these challenges."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a parent, longtime DCPS volunteer and civil rights activist, with an MBA and experience in facilities modernization and turning around underperforming businesses."

Web site:

www.votevictor2004.com

E-mail address:

victor@votevictor2004.com

Dwight E. Singleton *

Age: 42

Residence: Brightwood.

Education: BS, business administration, Virginia Union University; MBA, business administration/marketing, Southeastern University.

Occupation: District 2 representative; D.C. Board of Education.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, D.C. Board of Education, 1998-present; member, National School Board Association; member, Council on Urban Boards of Education; member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; member, People's Congregational Church.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"During my tenure as a school board member, our school system has endured many changes. The challenges we face today in District 2 raise several concerns for the Board of Education and the superintendent. One major concern is the needed improvements to our facility management division and the capital improvement plan. Our school buildings are old and in need of major repairs. I was a chairman of the committee on facilities, and the board took serious steps to address this on-going problem. Through the board's leadership and community participation, the master facilities plan was developed. More funding is needed."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am an experienced leader with a sound record. I have demonstrated a commitment to improve accountability, raise academic standards and increase student achievement."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

sngltndwig@aol.com