Emily Bloomfield Welcomed as the Newest Member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board

Monday, April 5, 2010
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
Washington, D.C. — The D.C. Public Charter School Board welcomes its newest member – Emily Bloomfield – at its April 19th Board meeting.  Bloomfield was appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty in February and fills the seat left vacant when Tom Nida’s term expired.

Bloomfield is senior policy advisor for Stand for Children, an education advocacy non-profit that organizes communities in six states to advance initiatives promoting improved public education.  She is responsible for continually updating Stand for Children staff and field organizers on effective strategies in education reform and explaining key developments in national and state education policies.  Prior to moving back to Washington, D.C. in 2007, Bloomfield was elected a member of the Board of Education in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) in California, and served as Vice-President and President of the Board.  During her five years on the School Board, curriculum, teaching methods, student academic support, school leadership, and high school structure were all overhauled. Overall student scores in math and reading rose by 33 percent, while achievement scores for African-American and Hispanic students in SMMUSD rose by an average of over 50 percent. 

“We are thrilled with Emily Bloomfield’s appointment to the PCSB.  Emily brings a critical new dimension to the Board’s experience and expertise having served on and led a leading urban school board in California,” said PCSB Board Chair Brian Jones.  “Emily’s deep and sustained commitment to educational accountability and reform will work to the benefit of the PCSB, the District’s charter schools and the families and children we serve.”

While D.C. schools face similar education challenges as other large urban areas, Bloomfield believes D.C. schools are on the right path.  “There are high quality schools in both charter schools and DCPS, and the achievement bar is set very high,” she said.  “There is much better funding here for public education than in other states and there is greater equity in funding for charter schools,” she said.  “Protecting that is very important.”

The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 57 public charter schools on 99 campuses, serving approximately 28,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools now serve 38% of all public school students in Washington, DC.