Mary Lord

Office Sought: D.C. Board of Education

Occupation: Deputy editor, American Society for Engineering Education; Ward 2 representative, D.C. State Board o

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On the issues

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

The lack of access to equally excellent neighborhood public schools and wide disparities in student achievement and learning opportunities. Education is our children's passport to success in life. But despite much progress, many District kids still cannot read, write and do math at grade level. Just over half graduate on time. This is unacceptable! Rather than focus on test scores, we must ensure every child gets a balanced education, with art, music, science, vocational training, field trips and other experiences. That's how to spark curiosity, build skills and prepare our city's youngsters for college, careers and citizenship.

Why should voters elect you?

To sustain education reform, by building on my five-year record of setting rigorous learning standards; championing science and the arts; and supporting students, teachers and schools.


BA, East Asian studies, Harvard University; Japanese language studies in Tokyo.

Offices and Positions Held

Board of directors and member, National Association of State Boards of Education, 2011-present; board of directors/member, Dupont Circle Citizens Association, 2010-present; member, D.C. Science Teachers Assoc., 2011-present; Web site manager/member, D.C. Stoddert Soccer, 2006-present; Gertrude Stein Democrats, 2007-present; Ward 2 Representative, D.C. State Board of Education, 2007-present.

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